The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an opportunity and an invitation to Christians throughout the world to focus new and fresh energy on embodying in the church and the world the unity and oneness that God and the Christ of God, Jesus, intends for us.
Apportionments for 2010 finished at 92.91% -- the highest since 2000. Apportionments by no means tell the whole story of our financial stewardship let alone the ministry that is enabled. Today we remember, reflect and reconnect with the ongoing mission of recovery and rebuilding in Haiti and the IGRC's extraordinary generosity by which $780,396.17 were given through conference channels for recovery.
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer reflects on the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., in which a federal judge, a Congressional staffer and a 9-year-old girl were among the six dead in what appeared to be an assassination attempt on the life of U.S. Rep. Gabriella Giffords.
God will ask again the question that can change our lives forever, “Will you be my child?” How will we answer? In Jesus Christ God has said yes, yes, yes and amen to us.
I heard confirmation of the presence of the Risen Christ and knew that the efforts of the volunteers and Imagine No Malaria staff were bearing fruit. In the faces so many of the people I met, I saw reflected the face of Christ. The people of Sierra Leone are not only being transformed, but they are becoming agents of transformation for the cause of saving lives.
A truly powerful church is seen not only in the way individual lives are being transformed. In the church at Antioch “the evidence of the grace of God” was also real in how they gave to and for others.
Preaching is embodied in a particular person, and the more effectively we learn how to communicate the message of the gospel, the more lives will be touched and transformed. The content of the sermon is only one aspect of the mystery of preaching. If we spend as much time and care with the delivery of the sermon as we do with the preparation of the content, our preaching will be much more compelling. The non-verbal aspect of preaching can best be summarized by three words: poise, presence, and passion.