Lent 5 | Lamenting Dry Bones

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, … [Read more...]

Reflections from the 2017 NEXT Conference by Katy Stenta

This is my fourth year at Nextchurch, a conference which often has a pulse on where the church is right now. The conference this year focused on Division and Reconciliation with its theme of “Walls and Wells” based upon the “Woman at the Well” scripture. (Great links to most of this were provided in Tim Coomb’s blog) I go to Nextchurch to be energized in ministry, hear excellent preaching and … [Read more...]

Reflections from the 2017 NEXT Conference by Tim Coombs

The theme of this past NEXT Church was “Wells and Walls.” Throughout the week the conference focused on the story of Jesus and the woman at the well in John 4, which was most convenient for everyone who would have be preaching on that lectionary text that coming Sunday!  Over the 48-hour event we heard five different wonderful sermons on different parts of the text, dealing with how Jesus sought … [Read more...]