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Author Robert Guffey

Robert Guffey is pastor of Freemason Street Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia.

In no universe is anti-Semitism, racism or all the other “isms” that categorize human beings for the purposes of exclusion and persecution acceptable. The Bible says God created humankind. Period. […] Read More

The Bible says, “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18), but there seems to be plenty of which to be afraid these days. Taking appropriate steps to be safe is common sense. Letting fear rule our behavior to the point of seeing all strangers as potential sources of peril, or barricading ourselves, physically, emotionally […] Read More

My wife and I recently started dating again. Amid a busy time of job transitions and moving to a new state, we’ve rediscovered the importance of paying special time with, and attention to, the one you love. We saw the strong and inspiring movie, “Hidden Figures,” on one of our most recent dates. What a […] Read More

Jesus’ call, “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28), is a call to a life of boundaries set by the love and grace of God. In the swift stream of our times, the need for rest and peace are acute and in desperate need of […] Read More

I heard a lot during my formative years about the Great Commission that Jesus gave his disciples: “Go therefore into the world” to disciple, baptize and teach others about God in Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). I learned that Jesus also gave his disciples the Great Commandment: to love God with all your being and […] Read More

The end-of-school and the beginning of summer offer opportunities for new rhythms and routines for families with children at home. For most, it’s time to play, travel to visit family, make memories of family togetherness, and, for the wise, to be still and rest. In the going and doing, summer can provide time to intentionally […] Read More

I carried a briefcase with files, books and documents whenever I traveled to meetings away from home before my files resided in the digital cloud. Prominently paper-clipped inside my briefcase on a small piece of paper was a word: Soar. The word represented a goal, a challenge and a call to trust from God. It […] Read More

Last month I watched the events in Jena, La., unfold with particular interest. Jena is hometown to one of my aunts. I have friends from college and in Louisiana life who grew up in Jena and who have family living there now. I was born in Alexandria, about 30 miles away. The events in Jena […] Read More

Last month I watched the events in Jena, La., unfold with particular interest. Jena is hometown to one of my aunts. I have friends from college and in Louisiana life who grew up in Jena and who have family living there now. I was born in Alexandria, about 30 miles away. The events in Jena […] Read More

This June 3 will make it 28 years since saying “I do,” “I will” and “I promise” to my wife, companion and partner, Angela. I know she could have done better but, thank God, she said, “I do,” too. I know I am better off in every way because of her. It’s a good thing […] Read More