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In our era of deep political divide, it’s extremely hard for church members to have civil dialogue about moral issues that have become politicized. Here’s how your church can learn to talk to each other and discern God’s leading. […] Read More

Education is more than information. The late Jean Hendricks, a wise dean in one of Mercer University’s academic units, reminded our teaching team of this frequently. She meant, of course, that while information is essential for living as an informed participant in community, how we think and act based on that information is essential as […] Read More

It’s a long way in the biblical narrative from Joshua to Simon Peter. Yet, it was only a week between sermons on these men nearly 60 years ago as churches in the Atlanta area were facing the challenges of the escalating resistance to court-ordered requirements to desegregate schools and other public services. Our pastor was […] Read More

I continue to be intrigued by a report that emerged in the wake of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Oct. 4-25, 2015. The report alleges that, on Oct. 12, 2015, near the start of the synod, 13 cardinals, including New York’s Timothy Dolan, delivered a letter […] Read More

Many Christians, including university professors at Christian universities, confuse popular culture with the Christian story. When I taught Christian theology (mostly historical theology) at an evangelical Christian liberal arts college, there was a strong emphasis on “integration of faith and learning.” And yet some of my faculty colleagues resisted the idea. Some ridiculed it. And […] Read More

The story of the Israelites’ thwarted entry into the Promised Land has always made me curious. The 12 spies cross the Jordan and reconnoiter the land before them, returning with a mixed message. Ten of the spies are convinced the giants in the land will devour those who challenge them. Caleb and Joshua, however, are […] Read More

Smaller churches often accomplish more by doing less. Sometimes a smaller church feels it must compete with the larger churches in the community to attract people. This is always a mistake because the smaller church simply does not have the resources to offer the same ministries as a larger church. Taking a “shotgun approach” to […] Read More

The confluence of Christmastime, the end of a calendar year and the beginning of a new one, tends to prompt a season of reflection. Various media provide us with reviews of the significant events and people from the closing year. Predictions abound of what the new year will bring, and resolutions give expression to our […] Read More

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A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. August 18, 2013 Psalm 105:1-17; Philippians 1:3-6, 9-11 Yesterday Joani and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary. And when Randall Lolley, a former pastor of this church, called last week to congratulate me on my retirement, I reminded him that he tied a pretty […] Read More

Knowledge and wisdom are related, but they are more like cousins than identical twins. Knowledge has to do with facts, data and skill; wisdom has to do with significance, purpose and intention. Knowledge is concerned with “what” and “how;” wisdom is concerned with “why” and “who.” Knowledge is important, but not nearly as important as […] Read More