Worship as formation
Worship as formation

Lately I’ve been suggesting that churches consider using worship as the center of formation for young people. My thinking grew out of a conversation with a former rector, now retired

The blessings of constant contact and micro-content
The blessings of constant contact and micro-content

The sayings of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings that are given by one shepherd. Of anything beyond these, my child, beware.

Gear up for Vacation Bible School with ChurchNext and the CMT
Gear up for Vacation Bible School with ChurchNext and the CMT

The more I am involved with Vacation Bible School (VBS), the more passionate I’ve become about keeping it strong and viable. For many churches, it is an important tool in reaching

Fierce Conversations: ‘Gradually, then suddenly’
Fierce Conversations: ‘Gradually, then suddenly’

Editor’s note: Today’s post is by Scott Stoner of Living Compass. It was originally published in last Friday’s Weekly Words of Wellness and is used here with permission. I recently had the honor to

Exploring ‘hard questions’ by starting with ‘big questions’
Exploring ‘hard questions’ by starting with ‘big questions’

David Bornstein recently wrote on the New York Times Fixes blog about how we can repair our public discourse. His answer was in the form of a question, or rather “big

Resources from Women of the ELCA
Resources from Women of the ELCA

A rich trove of resources for women is available through the Women of the ECLA website. “Lutheran women,” it notes, “have a long history of Bible study, discipleship, and desire to deepen their spiritual

Resources for creative practice as spiritual formation
Resources for creative practice as spiritual formation

I’m currently part-way through Brian Jay Jones’s biography of puppeteer and entertainment visionary Jim Henson. As a lifelong Muppet fan, I’ve really enjoyed filling in the bits of Kermit, Big

Program review: Love Life from SSJE
Program review: Love Life from SSJE

It seems appropriate to be reviewing Love Life, the 2014 Lenten study of John’s Gospel from the Society of St. John the Evangelist, on a snow day at Virginia Theological

Curriculum review: The Story
Curriculum review: The Story

Choosing a curriculum for your congregation is a tricky business; there are a lot of questions to ask and answer before you dive in and begin planning. There are the

TED’s Threads of Faith: An intersection of theology and inspiration
TED’s Threads of Faith: An intersection of theology and inspiration

Looking for a fresh way to have a conversation about where faith and daily living intersect, our congregation turned to TED Talks and ended up with a rich class titled