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Optics can speak more clearly and thunderously than words. Such was the case when President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address this week. The scene was familiar for those who have watched past presidents give the annual address to Congress. The president makes a statement; his party stands to enthusiastic applause while […] Read More

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., August 18, 2013 The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 12:49-56  “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is […] Read More

It’s pretty typical for Americans to think we’re number one, especially when it comes to wealth. But we’re not. In terms of income per person, we rank behind Norway, Luxembourg, Singapore, Switzerland and Hong Kong. I suppose, still, that we can take some pride in being sixth. But using a different scale, we are, indeed, […] Read More

When reading the New Testament, one discovers a great emphasis on love and unity. Indeed, the coming of the spirit at Pentecost is just one story that tells us that one of the primary works of the spirit is to unite together people from all walks of life in the community of faith. And, Paul […] Read More

Next week Crown Forum will publish “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.” The weekend Wall Street Journal gave a generous two-pagepreview. The foretaste in the Journal presented no surprises, since the author, Charles Murray, offered the standard American Enterprise Institute blame-throwing: “As I’ve argued in much of my previous work, I think that […] Read More

There once was a time when Paul Krugman, by his own admission, wasn’t particularly active in public debate about policy issues confronting the country and the world. But for the last decade or so, no one would accuse the Nobel Prize winner in economics, who teaches at Princeton and contributes twice-weekly columns for the New […] Read More

Red Sky At Morning

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on August 15, 2010                                   Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19; Luke 12:49-56   If you ever wonder why some people take issue with the Bible, wonder no more. Our reading from Luke’s gospel provides us the perfect example. It is just chock full […] Read More