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Bad things happen to good people. What you do about it forges your character. Turn each traumatic childhood experience into a precious gem to keep in the ‘jewel box of your mind’ to help bring closure to each horrifying memory. […] Read More

Character is the primary arena of change. We can’t change the DNA we inherited, the circumstances into which we were born, the families that shaped and misshaped us, or the wounding events we’ve undergone. Some things about our bodies, temperaments and minds are relatively set and resistant to change. We can, though, make choices about […] Read More

I don’t like to lose. I don’t know anyone who does. I especially don’t like to lose to braggarts. There’s one sure way to shut up a braggart and that’s to beat one. Maybe that’s why I’ve always liked the story of David and Goliath. It’s hard to brag when you lose your head. While […] Read More

Focus on your image because image is everything. Those words, or at least words to that effect, were the caption of a famous ad several years ago. I remember being taken aback by its crass and shallow message, but not many people reacted, perhaps because the caption is so true to our time. We are […] Read More

I love what I do. Really. Every day is like a new adventure of learning and exploring the future of congregational and clergy life. While the future is uncertain and daunting, there is no doubt that this is a pivotal time to be alive and engaged in the work of the kingdom. A significant part […] Read More

Extreme Makeover

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on September 30, 2012. Mark 9:38-50 Years ago, a man decided to install a new television antenna on the roof of his house. Just for the record, television antennas dotted the landscape of every neighborhood before cable television and satellite dishes made them […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on June 3, 2012.  Matthew 5:1-12 Morning Prayer: God of all power, and God whose name is love, we, your children, confess that we try so very hard and make such little progress in filling our own souls.  Do for us today what […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on May 20, 2012. Colossians 3:1-17 Morning Prayer: Make ready, O God, the graduates of this spring semester.  Make them ready for the new adventure of living.  Bless each one that goes to a new place.  Prepare friends for them who will bring […] Read More

The Example of Youth

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., May 8, 2011. 1 Timothy 4:11-16 Morning Prayer: We thank you today, O God, for the arms that have held us when we were small and arms that hold us when we are in need of strength and consolation yet today.  We thank […] Read More

Enfolded by Love

Sermon delivered by Keith Herron, pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, M.O., on May 3 2009. John 10: 11-18.             It’s all there in John’s gospel, if you ever wanted to be a shepherd, if you ever had a secret hankering of tending a flock of your own, Jesus gives us the job description. […] Read More