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A Presbyterian seminary released a report challenging the influx of corporate money in U.S. political campaigns as harmful to democracy and the needs of the poor. Auburn Theological Seminary brought together perspectives of several Christian and Jewish theologians to think about moral consequences of current campaign dynamics. Titled “Lo$ing Faith in Our Democracy: A Theological […] Read More

All of us have a lot of beliefs about a lot of different things. Our most basic beliefs might be called our presuppositions, those ideas that are rooted in our worldview or faith commitment. But why do we believe what we believe? Where does our faith come from? Faith or beliefs are the result of […] Read More

Investment Strategy

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. June 15, 2014 Matthew 28:16-20 This morning our attention is focused upon the final words of Matthew’s gospel. Jesus spoke these words to his disciples somewhere on a mountain in Galilee. If you grew up in the Baptist tradition, you know this passage as […] Read More

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. April 27, 2014 Second Sunday of Easter Psalm 16:1-11; John 20:19-31 If the name Frederick Buechner sounds familiar to you, it may very well be because I quote him so often. My brother Steve introduced Buechner to me through his writings when […] Read More

On April 9, 1945, after spending two years in a concentration camp, Lutheran pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was executed by the Nazis. Bonhoeffer was imprisoned for being involved in a plot to kill Adolf Hitler and couched his resistance to the Nazis as an act of faith, refusing several times to leave Germany to […] Read More

The challenge of being religiously faithful and scientifically honest has been with us since Copernicus and Galileo challenged prevailing understandings of how the universe is structured. The “Darwin period” – which is actually still with us, it seems – continues the challenge, as the most widely held understanding of the development of life on the […] Read More

Seeing is Believing

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. March 30, 2014 John 9:1-41 Our attention is drawn this morning to an encounter Jesus had with a blind man. While we know little about this man, we are told he had been blind since birth and was a beggar, a fate common to […] Read More

A Saving Mystery

 A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. March16, 2014. John 3:1-17  My name is Nicodemus.  This morning, I want to share with you my story and my strange but memorable encounter with Jesus late one night.  But first, let me tell you about my credentials: First, I’m a member of the […] Read More

Releasing Angels

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. January 19, 2014 John 1:29-42 Our attention today is drawn to the first chapter of John where Jesus has begun his public ministry and is in the process of calling his disciples. John the Baptist plays a key role in this drama because the […] Read More

The Journey of Faith

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. December 29, 2013 Matthew 2:1-12 This morning, our attention is drawn to the visit of the Wise Men to Mary, Joseph and Jesus. Only Matthew records this story, and he does so with great detail. This tells me it was important to his understanding […] Read More