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Author Jeffrey D. Vickery

Jeffrey D. Vickery is co-pastor of Cullowhee Baptist Church in Cullowhee, North Carolina, and a part-time instructor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

Those who rule over others – or assume they do – face a great temptation to build themselves up. If you’re in a position of authority and power, you’re responsible for others. Take a lesson from a cartoon turtle. […] Read More

Hippolytus was a leader in the early Christian church who lived from 160 to 235 C.E. He wrote “The Apostolic Tradition” which is best described as a “church manual” that includes information about the role of bishops, presbyters, deacons, sub-deacons, widows and readers. It also includes some humorous (by today’s standards) instruction about which occupations […] Read More

It’s an election year and faith and religion is a hot topic, both for the candidates and for the voters. That is great! As a First Amendment-loving Baptist, the more we can dialogue about faith and politics, the better we understand the issues involved. A difficulty arises, however, when religious-political propaganda masquerades as cultural-religious fact. […] Read More

As a parent, I stop sometimes in the morning with my first grade daughter and watch as students raise the flag at school. This Wednesday will likely find a different group of students gathered at the flagpole for the 14th annual “See You at the Pole” (SYATP) prayer gathering. Each year on the third Wednesday […] Read More

Let Us Pray

In 1 Cor. 14 Paul addressed confusion in worship that arose when Christians spoke out of turn. Another kind of confusion happens in our present day worship services when someone stands before the congregation and says, “Let us pray.” It is a silent confusion, and often an unspoken one. The invitation to corporate public prayer […] Read More

Sometimes in private and sometimes with great fanfare, important religious leaders or teachers from various faiths gather for a formal time of inter-religious dialogue. These meetings are often important and sometimes produce statements of unity or some other tangible end-product. The contemporary study of world religions has given us a method of labeling people based […] Read More

Turtle Ethics

The tortoise and the hare taught us that slow and steady wins the race, but Yertle the turtle’s lesson runs deeper. This seemingly innocuous Dr. Seuss story first came to my attention when personally confronted by fundamentalism’s need for power and control. Unable to speak out publicly against others in authority, one of the wisest […] Read More

“Thou shalt not use running illustrations in thy sermons.” This commandment is non-negotiable in my sermon preparation. I know that Isaiah 40 offers wonderful words of encouragement that “those who wait for the Lord … shall run and not be weary.” The saints in Corinth are encouraged to run the race so that they may […] Read More

Congregations around the country are doing their best to respond to the current military crisis in Iraq. Church members and children of church members are serving in various branches of the military on active duty in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and other places. We pray for the soldiers and their families. We write them letters and […] Read More

My brother and I learned to juggle with billiard balls while watching television in our parents’ basement. The three smooth, heavy balls were easy to juggle because they were identical in size and weight. We soon realized that juggling a banana, a bottle of aspirin and a softball presented more challenges, because each object was […] Read More