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Despair

Recent events in the news have a lot of people upset and wondering, “What is this world coming to?” The massacre in Orlando, in particular, causes one to question the sanity of humankind. How could anyone do such a horrible thing? Of course, the Orlando tragedy is just one of many mass killings we’ve witnessed […] Read More

There is a school of thought running rampant in congregations these days. It is revealed in statements like the following: “This is the worst pastor/ group/recession/president/ situation/era/event that we have ever known! We must get rid of him/her/it/them immediately or we are doomed.” As a result, we hear regularly about congregations and clergy that make […] Read More

Too Light a Thing

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. January 19, 2014 Isaiah 49:1-7; John 1:29-37 The late John Claypool tells a story from the early days of his pastoral ministry in Louisville, Kentucky. It was 1960, and courageously, John had involved himself in the early days of the growing civil-rights […] Read More

Starting Over

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. November 17, 2013 Isaiah 65:17-25 What do you say to help someone who is at the lowest point in their life? This was the daunting challenge facing the prophet as he penned these words in the third and final section of Isaiah to the […] Read More

Ahas: Nearsighted

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Senior Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. November 10, 2013 2 Chronicles 28:16-23; Matthew 6:19-24 They say that today’s age of sixty is the new forty, whoever “they” are. If that is true, I wonder what twenty would have been in the days of Ahaz, the king of […] Read More

It is public knowledge now that one of my students, Rae’Jonn Higginbottom, was arrested by Clinton Police and the FBI in connection with bomb threats that were called in on Clinton High School in Clinton, Miss. Just an hour before he was arrested, Rae’Jonn was sitting at my side doing Algebra 2, wrapping up his […] Read More

Hope and Help

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on January 20, 2013. Isaiah 62:1-5 Once again, our attention is drawn to the words recorded in Isaiah. This time the prophet from Third Isaiah speaks from his heart to the people he dearly loves. Let me remind you the book of Isaiah […] Read More

A sermon delivered Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on July 1, 2012. Psalm 130 Communion Devotion “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,” the Psalmist wrote. “Lord, hear my voice!” People cry out to God for a lot of reasons, don’t they? Some have lost their way and cry […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on May 6, 2012. John 15:1-8 Communion Devotion Let’s talk about grapes this morning. It is appropriate we do so since we are going to take communion and our text alludes to them. Why did Jesus mention vines, branches and a gardener in […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on November 27, 2011. Isaiah 64:1-9 Today, we begin our journey through Advent, a season of anticipation and preparation for Christmas. I like Dr. Bill Self’s description of Advent. He says it is like the hush in the theater just before the curtain […] Read More