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God’s declaration to Abram in Genesis 12:2 is very familiar to most of us: “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great.” If we keep reading, however, we discover in Genesis 12:3 that the purpose of God’s covenant with Abraham was not to bless him and […] Read More

There is little about the fourth Beatitude – “Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for righteousness” – that we get right. Let’s start with our concept of “righteousness.” We have made it a general term for “sinlessness” – “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). This is the verse I was told […] Read More

The Beatitudes are not prescriptions on how to be blessed. “I need to be poor in spirit (or just plain poor) so I can be blessed” misses the point and leads to some interesting interpretations of how to live the spiritual life. It can sometimes lead us away from properly understanding what Jesus is getting […] Read More

Where Are the Other Nine?

A sermon delivered by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., on November 25, 2012. Luke 17:11-19 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out […] Read More

Job: a Man in Full

A sermon delivered by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., on October 28, 2012. The Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost Job 42:1-6, 10-17 Then Job answered the Lord: 2“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ […] Read More

Though included in the Revised Common Lectionary, Luke 6:24-26 is a text rarely read in private, much less proclaimed from pulpits. Luke 6:20-23 presents the familiar and comforting parallel to Jesus’ blessings in Matthew 5:1-12, but then Luke 6:24-26 confronts the reader with the shadowy side of these blessings. Woe to you who are rich, […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on March 11, 2012. Mark 6:30-44  Morning Prayer: We thank you, good and gracious God, for the vision you have given your children in every age, for the promise of that great table where we shall all feast together in glory.  We thank […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City,  Mo., on July 24, 2011. Genesis 29:15-28 History may give credit to P.T. Barnum for saying, “There’s a sucker born every minute,” but most of his friends denied he ever said it. Here’s something he did say about the great masses who came […] Read More

Blessed, Rather . . .

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on April 3, 2011. Luke 11:27-28 Morning Prayer: We confess, our Father, that sometimes we carry burdens and sometimes we are burdens to ourselves.  We confess that our spiritual vision is short sighted and the stamina of our souls is untrained.  Forgive us […] Read More


A sermon delivered by Rand Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on October 31, 2010.                                   Psalm 149:1-9; Luke 6:20-31 Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? The reading from Luke’s gospel, I mean. Where have we heard this before? Oh yes, don’t you find Jesus saying the same things in the Gospel […] Read More