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Ethics has to do with choosing – what we choose, how we choose, why we choose. From the simplest of decisions about daily behaviors to the most comprehensive choices of ideologies that frame our understandings of the world, those choices set the trajectory of what much of life is and will be. The beginning of […] Read More

Life looks big. That’s the first thing we learn as children, and some carry that perception with them through every significant stage of life. Our point of view in childhood is mostly at knees and ankles. We look up, craning our necks to look into eyes that are mostly focused in our direction. Eventually we […] Read More

Nearly a century ago, Robert Frost penned the well-loved poem “The Road Not Taken.” Some would suggest that life is marked and measured almost entirely by the decisions we make. Every day offers countless decisions that must be made, and even the most insignificant decisions go into the mix in forming the stuff of the […] Read More

As father to a daughter and husband to a woman who has long believed in female empowerment, I am very cognizant of the “princess culture” believed to be perpetuated by corporations like Disney. The idea is that from an early age, little girls are inundated with the notion that being a woman means having an […] Read More

Recent conversations and commentary have included the intriguing observation that positions taken and decisions made often reflect a desire to be on “the right side of history.” Coming as it did on the heels of a hotly contested election, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and the tragedy at Newtown, Conn., the inauguration and the discussions […] Read More

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” We smile at Yogi Berra’s oft quoted aphorism, amused at the obvious mismatch of situation and choice. Then, with a bit of reflection, we realize that our personal and collective journeys are filled with forks in the road that have a significant effect on […] Read More

Choices, Choices

A sermon delivered by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, Nc., on February 13, 2011. Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8 Those of you who are sports fans will appreciate the story of a college football team whose starting quarterback was injured.  The number two quarterback had not even dressed out because he was sick.  This […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on August 8, 2010. Jonah 4   Morning Prayer: O God, help us to live in this present moment.  We pray that we would not feel the need to turn back to bygone times to hear your voice.  We pray that you would teach us to […] Read More

The crowd is loud and excited. Their enthusiasm grows as they catch a glimpse of a man riding a borrowed horse. Some have seen him do the unbelievable. Most have heard the stories. He heals the sick, gives sight to the blind, raises the dead, feeds the hungry and proclaims good news to the poor. […] Read More