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Texas newspapers in March carried alarming articles about the volume of children at all grade levels suspended by administrators for “unacceptable” behaviors. The number of suspensions is indeed remarkable and depressing. Clearly we have behavior problems and clearly we have applied remedies that do not work and have produced outcomes exactly opposite to our stated […] Read More

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. Matthew 4:1-11 March 9, 2014 Our attention this morning is drawn to the temptations of Jesus recorded in Matthew’s gospel. Matthew is not the only writer to tell us about this significant event in Jesus’ life. Mark and Luke also mention it. Mark’s account […] Read More

Have you noticed our tendency to try and control others with rules? We started with Ten Commandments. That led to Jewish scholars noting that the Torah actually contains 613 commandments, which can be divided into 365 “negative commandments” and 248 “positive commandments.” Not content to stop there, those scholars went on to delineate further those […] Read More

I couldn’t tell if he was making a confession or if he was bragging.   The man looked up from the computer screen from where he was surfing the net and announced very matter-of-factly, “I manage this bookstore but I don’t read.”   Why would you tell that to an author?   I try my […] Read More

The Lord’s Prayer

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga. on March 21, 2010.  Matthew 6:5-15   When Christ is giving the Sermon on the Mount, he is teaching about piety, and he just says, “When you pray.”  Of course, the assumption is we are going to pray because we all pray.  […] Read More