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Valentine's Day Ministry Ideas for Your Church

The North American Division (NAD) ministerial department recently shared a list of ideas your church or ministry could provide on Valentine's Day as an outreach and evangelism tool. Check out their list below and consider implementing one or more of these ideas at your church.

  1. Parents Night Out: Provide free or low-cost child care so that moms and dads can spend an evening alone. Promote it to the church and to the community as well.

Infallibility and Authority

January 16, 2019 / Seth Pierce / Church, Authority, Infallibility

Most of the time this column shares a personal reflection or a story with a note of encouragement for a situation you may be facing. This time, however, I am stuck, and I am going to let you wrestle with my stuckness. Besides, I’m still recovering from my qualifying exams, so I feel more like asking questions than answering them at the moment.

His Story, Our Story

January 15, 2019 / John Freedman

Long ago, on the Judean hills surrounding the city of Bethlehem, a small group of blue-collar laborers were on the night shift. Conscientious, curious and honest, they believed in God and hoped for the soon coming deliverer of Israel. On this night, God granted them the privilege of being a part of the most important story in the universe.

Cracker's Family

Cracker was born 38 years ago to a homeless couple. Born on a street, in a corner by the door of an abandoned building. He entered the world with nothing, except bright red hair and brilliant white skin.

Cracker’s not his real name, but it's the name he uses in the street.

Cracker came to our church because we’re planted on the street. One wall has windows that look right out into the sidewalk. Our floor is old linoleum, and our chairs are plastic. We serve coffee and tea in paper cups and delicious-looking treats on small paper plates.

Our Greatest Sin

“Thank God Almighty, we're free at last!"

Who could forget that stirring declaration of Martin Luther King Jr., born 90 years ago this January? King’s speech inspired a cheering crowd of one-quarter million in our nation’s capital. Their march on Washington is a landmark of American history and a big reason to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which this year falls on Jan. 21.

Is God Casting His Vote?

January 10, 2019 / Stan Hudson / Church, ordination

I, like you, have been fascinated to watch the various machinations within our church over the ordination of women. Americans love a good fight, especially when the cause is a righteous one. Of course, all sides in this are righteous. Hmmm ... .

New Year, New Focus

December 27, 2018 / Steve Vistaunet / Church, New Year

G.K. Chesterton is credited with a rather cogent reminder: "The object of a New Year,” he said, “is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul."

I believe he’s right. As we turn the proverbial page to yet another year, it’s high time to talk turkey — veggie turkey, that is, and I don’t mean the gastronomic sort. I’ve had my fill of that through Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In colloquial parlance, to “talk turkey” means to discuss something in a frank, open and serious manner in order to solve a problem.

What If

November 30, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

Yesterday Herod’s troops murdered my son. “He might be the Fake King,” they said, “so Herod, the Real King, says all pretenders must die. Tough deal.”

They tore him from my arms and killed him. No checking parentage. No apologizing. No questions. Nothing. Just murder — heinous, hateful, ignorant and cruel. Yesterday.