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The Technicolor Jesus: Preaching the Drama of Mark’s Gospel
Most preachers know all about Mark’s fast-paced, dramatic writing style.
Audio | March 15, 2018
Beyond Stigma to Hospitality: Creating a Gracious Space for People with Mental Illness
Worship and fellowship are sometimes difficult for people with mental illness because few people understand their experience and their needs in worship.
Audio | March 13, 2018
Mental Health and the Practice of Christian Public Worship: An Exploratory Conversation
Sessions related to mental health are not a common feature of many conferences on worship. Yet mental-health-related concerns affect as many as one in five people at any given time, with one of every twenty-five people living with serious mental health challenges. More than four in ten people in the United States experiences a psychological disorder in their lifetime. What we say or fail to say about these challenges in worship settings can be profoundly formative for how Christian communities respond to these challenges
Audio | February 13, 2018
A Random, Crazy List or Really Cogent Lections: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary
In this session, the panelists discussed the structure of the lectionary system and the advantages and challenges of its use.
Audio | February 08, 2018
The Immigrants' Creed
This creed professes the Christian faith through the experience of an immigrant.
Worship Service | February 08, 2018
Indonesians on Diversity among Indonesian Christians
Indonesia comprises thousands of islands on both sides of the equator. Its Christians and seminarians come from many islands, languages, and cultures. They have a lot to learn from each other.
Conversation | May 11, 2017
The Practice of Christian Worship
This article, translated into Amharic, comes from the Prologue of The Worship Sourcebook and explores elements of planning and leading congregational worship.
Article | August 31, 2016
Richard Henry Boyd and the National Baptist Hymn Book
Richard Henry Boyd was determined to give Jim Crow-era African-Americans their own voice in worship. Calvin College history professor Eric Washington tells the story of how the hymnal he published helped do that.
Article | August 24, 2016
A Roundtable on Connecting Sunday’s Worship to Monday’s Work
Six pastors and scholars share ideas to help congregations authentically practice God’s vision of shalom in worship and at work.
Conversation | August 23, 2016
Interview with Ricardo Franco on the Latino Protestant Congregation Project
A conversation with researcher Ricardo L. Franco on the Latino Protestant Congregations project.
Conversation | July 25, 2016
Scholars Suggest How to Remember the Reformation
Seven scholars, pastors and musicians discuss how Protestants and Catholics can and should together observe the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017.
Conversation | June 01, 2016
What You Can Learn from Visiting Churches
College and seminary professors offer church observation guides for their students. You can use their insights to learn more when you visit other churches. This process can also help you understand how people experience liturgical practices in your own congregation.
Feature Story | April 13, 2016
Best Resources for Teaching Worship
Seven college and seminary professors list their top short reads for teaching worship and say which resources would be most helpful for church worship and liturgy committees.
Feature Story | April 13, 2016
What I Learned about Teaching Worship from a Chemistry Professor
"What’s a POGIL?” I asked, half-seriously, half-laughingly. My wife, Sheila, a chemistry instructor in a university was attending a conference for chemistry educators about a pedagogy growing in popularity in science classrooms around the United States. She explained that POGIL is a method for teaching both class content and important skills such as critical thinking and teamwork without using a lecture format.
Article | March 30, 2016
The Promise and Peril of Preaching for Revival: Lessons from George Whitefield's Life and Ministry
Seasons of renewal are God's gift to the church. They are also occasions for controversy and division. Together we reflect on one of history's greatest revival preachers to understand not only how revivals come but what follows in their aftermath.
Audio | March 03, 2016
Incorporating Faith and Work into the Worship Service
How do we help people connect their faith to their work in our worship services? For many Christians, bringing faith into the workplace falls into two main categories—evangelism and ethics.
Audio | March 03, 2016
Karin Maag on Calvin’s Geneva and the 500th Protestant Reformation Anniversary
Whether you observe Halloween, All Saints’ Day or Reformation Sunday, you probably know that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door on October 31, 1517 and that John Calvin promoted the Reformation in Geneva, Switzerland. Here’s why that still matters.
Conversation | October 27, 2015
Reconciliation, Story Telling, and Music
This workshop looks at how the church can lead by example in diversity and reconciliation through storytelling and music.
Audio | July 01, 2015
Mark Torgerson on the Best Worship Books
So many books on worship are worth reading. And each year brings new worship books and worship resources. Mark Torgerson’s up-to-date bibliography is an annotated listing of the best worship resources.
Conversation | May 29, 2015