During this time churches are making tough decisions about how to remain close as a faith community when they can’t gather together for worship, Sunday school, and small groups. We understand how important it is for Sunday school classes and small groups to stay connected and want to help keep those connections strong. That is why we are offering free digital resources for you to share and use in your congregation. Below you will find helpful articles, studies, blogs, and more. Check back weekly for new resources and sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay informed!
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In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that we cannot gather in person for Bible study, many groups are continuing to meet using video and audio conferencing technology. These PowerPoint (or PDF) files provide the Scripture text (you may choose CEB or NRSV translation) and questions for teachers and class facilitators to use as you meet. You should be able to display the slides in the PDF through your videoconferencing platform.
October 18 Scriptures
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More than a Bible app. More than a devotional. Connected Faith is a daily devotion and weekly group study app. One month of content is available free when you create an account. Download the Connected Faith at the app store of your choosing!
FaithLink's ready-to-use lessons connect faith to the issues and events making headlines every day.
Opression and Justice
In the wake of damaging wildfires in recent years, some Native Americans have been working to reclaim practices that helped protect the land for thousands of years. Why were these and many other traditions suppressed? What can the experience of Native Americans teach us about injustice and oppression? How can we as Christians help create a more just world?
The movie Come Sunday depicts a pastor's rejection of the doctrine of hell. What does the Bible say about hell? How does the doctrine of hell shape our relationships with God and with other people? How important is belief in hell as a part of our Christian faith?
Race and Excessive Police Force
The deaths of unarmed African American males continue to raise questions about race and the use of excessive force by police. How do we have meaningful conversations when opinions are so polarized in the wake of these high-profile incidents? How can our Christian witness offer healing and hope?
Deception and Truth
Differing concepts of truth and deception have always shaped our cultural and political conversations. During this time of Advent, what can we learn from the birth narratives of Jesus about both truth and deception? As Christians, how do we recognize deception and embrace truth?
Death and Dying
Death is an essential part of the human experience, and yet it’s one of the most difficult things for people to talk about. How can we confront this conversation without fear? How should people of faith approach the reality of death?
Violence and Peace
Throughout the 1990s, wars and ethnic conflicts ravaged the former state of Yugoslavia until a peace agreement was finally reached. What can these conflicts and their aftermath teach us about the nature of violence and peace? As Christians, how do we strive for peace in the face of violence?
Caring for Widows
The Bible encourages us to care for the widows in our communities. Why does Scripture pay special attention to widows? How have the experiences of widows changed over time? How can the church respond to their needs?
Climate Change and Love of Neighbor
A recent report released by an international panel of scientists addresses the consequences of climate change in the next two decades. What consequences does the report highlight, and how will they affect people throughout the world? How does Jesus’ call to love our neighbor guide the ways we respond to climate change?
Universal Basic Income
In recent years, technological and economic changes have led several world leaders to consider the idea of a universal basic income (UBI). What is UBI? What are the issues around UBI? How does our faith influence our understanding of UBI and the value of work?
Vaping and Panic
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47 deaths have been linked to vaping. What is the cause of these deaths? What has been the public response? As people of faith, how do we respond to events like this that cause public concern?
Fantasy and Faith
From the silver screen to streaming services, fantasy stories dominate popular culture. Why do audiences find fantasy so appealing? What value does it provide beyond entertainment? How can fantasy help us grow in our faith?
Preppers and Faith
FEMA recommends that households have ten days of supplies on hand in the event of an emergency, but many “preppers” prepare for much longer. What are the benefits of preparing in advance for an emergency? What are the downsides? What role does Christian faith play in emergency preparedness?
Over the past several years, the enneagram has risen in prominence and has become a popular tool. What is the enneagram? What are its origins, and why has it become so popular? How can it be used as a resource for spiritual growth?
As the number of elderly increases in our society, family members are faced with the reality of finding ways to care for them. What are some of the struggles and questions that they face? How can communities of faith support those involved in the decisions that must be made?
Pet therapy is a popular resource in health care and other settings. What are the benefits of pet therapy? How are animals trained to aid in healing and comfort? What can Christians learn about compassion from therapy animals?
The outbreak of a new coronavirus that began in China in December is now spreading around the world. What are the symptoms of this virus, and what effect is it having globally? How can churches and people of faith prepare for this outbreak and help those who are suffering from it in their communities and beyond?
A recent study revealed that nearly half of Americans report feeling sustained loneliness. What are the root causes of loneliness? How does being lonely affect our overall health? What can the church do to address this epidemic of loneliness?
Daily Bible Study delves daily into the Bible and includes a devotion. Download the spring edition or read online.
This unique magazine tailored for older adults is both a leisure-reading magazine and a personal Bible study. It highlights articles on wellness, family, community involvement, and spiritual development. The magazine focuses on living in Christ rather than aging in place. Download the spring edition or read online.
Caring for Those Without Digital Access
Christian Living in the Mature Years and Daily Bible Study are good resources to print at church and deliver, if allowed, to persons in nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and homebound.
Reflections from a United Methodist Pastor
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A show that promises to do exactly what the title says: talk about the Bible. Rachel Hagewood and Ben Howard take an in-depth look at a different concept from the Bible. They'll read Scripture, talk theology, bounce ideas off of each other, and do their best to make you think and make you laugh. In between these biblical deep-dives, Rachel and Ben will be joined by guests to explore these concepts from a different, and occasionally unusual, angle. Concepts match the unit themes of Connected Faith, Adult Bible Studies, Lecciones Cristianas, and Bible Lessons for Youth.
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A fresh, timely, and biblically-based resource, LinC helps you help your teens examine relevant faith and life issues, using the latest music, movies, news, and current events.
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