A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, art for Ash Wednesday
Based on the painting, "The Fight Between Carnival and Lent" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, this blog reflects on different aspects of the painting that point us to the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, when...
This introduces the song, "Kindness," performed by Rob Bell and written by Brian McLaren. The song works beautifully as a sending song in worship.
History of Hymns: “Word of God, Come Down on Earth”
This offers background and commentary on James Quinn's Christmas hymn, “Word of God, Come Down on Earth.”
Hymn Study: “Here Is Peace”
This offers background and commentary on Andrew Pratt's hymn, "Here Is Peace." It explores in three short stanzas the true meaning of peace, with a primary focus on God's grace and our gracious actions.
This introduces the song, "Kindness," performed by Steve Bell and written by Brian McLaren, and based on St. Teresa's prayer.
In this devotional for Genesis 18:8-10, Kenneth Samuel uses the story of Abraham welcoming the strangers to show that acts of kindness are often the keys God uses to grant blessings into our lives.
The Wardrobe of Easter: Kindness
A meditation on kindness belonging to a series on "The Wardrobe of Easter." It specifically addresses the "hateful attitudes" and "sorry speech" prevalent in popular culture and social media.
Overcoming Evil with Good
A devotional reflection from Taizé on Romans 12:14-21. Like Jesus, Paul asks for an attitude of kindness to all, an attitude that goes to the point of wishing good to those who wish us ill.
In this video interview, Stanley Hauerwas talks about how to display kindness and love to others without controlling them or attempting to gain something.
Full Text Hymns on Kindness
Pass It OnPD
Thy Loving Kindness©
Be Kind to Each OtherPD
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Kindness is Better Than Madness
In this sermon illustration, John Gunn uses an anecdote of befriending former enemies in battle to demonstrate the wisdom of following God's command to show kindness to our enemies.
Kindness Returned with Kindness
Lewis and Clark's famous expedition was saved by a stranger's simple act of kindness—practiced years before. This story illustrates the power of kindness and sowing and reaping, appropriate for Colossians 3:12-17.
Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness
Sermon notes on Genesis 39 and Galatians 5 note that "hesed" is an attribute of the character of God which we are called to emulate. Often translated as kindness, it also includes abiding loyalty and steadfastness....
This is a story of Mark, who came to faith by witnessing a simple act of kindness at a Young Life group. It may serve as an illustration for Matthew 22:34-46 and 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8.
Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness
Sermon notes on Genesis 39 and Galatians 5 reveal the kindness of God and how we might also show kindness. The notes include commentary, theological and hermeneutical points, illustrations, and application.
Feasting on Fruit: Kindness
A breathing exercise meant to help the exerciser imagine, embody, and multiply kindness toward others.
Krista Lovell explores the book Each Kindness, a story about young girls learning that their actions have consequences for the people around them -- a useful lesson for those following Jesus' command to love one another.
Sow a Little Kindness
Discussing human desire for retributive justice and retaliation, this devotional by Dave Peterson on Matthew 5:38 encourages readers to respond to injury and injustice with compassion and kindness.