A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc.
Commentary on Psalm 25:1-10
Psalm 25 is a model prayer, based on the cries of individuals to God in earlier psalms. It indicates how important it is regularly to recite words that call us to faith and dependence on God.
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...
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.
This introduces the song, "Kindness," performed by Rob Bell and written by Brian McLaren. The song works beautifully as a sending song in worship.
This introduces the song, "Kindness," performed by Steve Bell and written by Brian McLaren, and based on St. Teresa's prayer.
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....
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.
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 sowing and reaping kindness. Appropriate for Colossians 3:12-17 and other similar texts.
Full Text Hymns on Kindness
Pass It OnPD
Thy Loving Kindness©
Be Kind to Each OtherPD
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In this video interview, Stanley Hauerwas talks about how to display kindness and love to others without controlling them or attempting to gain something.
The Kindness of God
Illustrating God's kindness, Scott Hoezee's sermon starter on Romans 11 discusses Paul's hope that God will extend salvation to the Jews in the same way that God has given grace to the Gentiles.
Our society generally equates kindness with approval, but sometimes God's kindness is meant to turn us from our sinful ways. We should treat others the same way. A devotional on Romans 2:4 by Mark Roberts.
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.
Try a Little Kindness
This devotional on Ephesians 4:31 draws on the author's experience in being served kindly by a waitress to encourage readers to demonstrate kindness toward others.
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.
Feasting on Fruit: Kindness
A breathing exercise meant to help the exerciser imagine, embody, and multiply kindness toward others.
Motivation for Kindness to the Poor
Mark D. Roberts reflects on the relationship between our kindness to the poor and God's blessings. Though Scripture witnesses to God's blessings when we give to the poor, it can't be turned into an economic equation.