September 11th Sunday School Lesson

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The 20th anniversary of 9/11 is an important and somber observance for Americans and others. It can be an emotional and tough topic to cover, so we at Homiletics Online are glad to be able to work with the editorial team at The Wired Word and share with you this special 9/11 Patriot Day edition…

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Homebound people often struggle with how to pass the time.

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We first published this blog during the summer of 2020 as we saw communities struggling to deal with the isolation and boredom of a lengthy quarantine. If you are a card-carrying member of the “sandwich generation,” boredom is the least of your worries. The S-Geners are people who have caregiving responsibilities for their parents and…

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The Simple Joy of Mail

The Simple Joy of Mai;

Have you ever noticed the face of someone when they receive an unexpected piece of mail?   For many of our elderly or shut-in members, checking the mail is part of the simple routine of the day. Most of the time, this results in sorting through all the advertisements and requests for money, which is then…

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10 Ways Churches Can Get Through the Economic Downturn

Blog Article about Church Stewardship

It’s not always easy or pleasant to talk about money. As a church, we often want to put our trust in God that He will provide in such a time of need … but the reality is, the church needs money to continue to operate.  We surveyed subscribers about how Covid-19 is affecting their budgets and…

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Free Resources from Our Sister Publications

Free Resources from Our Sister Publications

May 7, 2020 The past few months have been challenging for church communities and those who minister to them. As a Homiletics subscriber, you’ve received e-mails offering free resources from several of Homiletics’ sister publications. Below is a summary of these free resources. You may download them for unrestricted, re-distributable use to help you through…

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Free Resources for Our Elderly and Homebound Members

Download Free Resources for Homebound Members

Our homebound members have been our minds through this trying time, including those who live alone or are unable to leave their homes due to the ever-increasing shelter at home orders. As a way to try and stay connected, we are providing 4 days worth of devotions and activities from our sister publication HomeTouch Ministry…

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On the Necessity of Communion in Diaspora

To Eat or Not to Eat? | On the Necessity of Communion in Diaspora

By the Rev. Dr. Rob Apgar-Taylor   It was a Wednesday night in January, 1991, when we got the news. I was a student at Wesley Seminary, and the first U.S. bombs had just fallen on Baghdad. We immediately started planning a worship service at 9:00 that night. What to pray? What words could bring…

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The Danger in Social Distancing

The Danger in Social Distancing

Psalm 100, 2 Corinthians 4:7-10   With the coronavirus spreading, we are wise to practice social distancing. But do not fall into isolation, which can lead to despair.   The coronavirus is afflicting us, perplexing us and even striking some of us down. Schools are closing, restaurants are shutting down and congregations are no longer…

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A Pastor’s Note of Support from Homiletics Online

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Dear colleagues in ministry, Just a note to express our support and understanding of the particular challenges we face as pastors during this time of national – global – upheaval. Many of our churches – if not most – are now shuttered because of the possibility of contagion, practicing “social distancing” to minimize the possibility…

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