CCLI: Enhance Worship While Protecting Your Church

CCLI and similar licensing services allow for churches to make song sheets, project lyrics and use other tools to enhance worship. Their efforts support the composers whose work we use while also protecting churches from copyright concerns. Todd talks with two representatives from CCLI, who explain how they work and what CCLI and other similarContinue reading “CCLI: Enhance Worship While Protecting Your Church”

Goin’ Fishin’ (And Giving Up Some Independence)

Many of us know well the story of Jesus calling the first disciples and how they would “fish for people.” But in that same story is a lesson about independence — specifically how there are bigger and better things ahead if we are willing to give up some of our independence as we trust andContinue reading “Goin’ Fishin’ (And Giving Up Some Independence)”

Purple Zone part 2 — Introduction to an Issue Guide

The Rev. Dr. Leah Schade returns to “In Layman’s Terms” to pick up on the conversation we stared in 2021 about her book, “Preaching in the Purple Zone.” In this episode, she shares an issue guide designed to help United Methodists discuss LGBTQIA+ inclusion and the upcoming General Conference. Download the episode. Request access toContinue reading “Purple Zone part 2 — Introduction to an Issue Guide”

Adoption Into God’s Family

Todd shares the audio from a sermon he provided from his basement on the first Sunday in January 2022 — a cold, icy day in Lawrence, Kansas. Using the text from Ephesians 1, we explore how we are adopted into the family of God thanks to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. DownloadContinue reading “Adoption Into God’s Family”

Advent 2021: The Redemption of Scrooge — Love

As we continue with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Ghost of Christmas Present teaches our lead character three important aspects of love: Showing love by being part of a community, showing love by showing mercy to others, and showing love in true, genuine relationships with those closest to us. Download the episode.