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The Marathon of Faith

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., on August 18, 2013. Hebrews 11:29-12:2 We’ve got a lot of runners in our church – people who jog, folks who run or train others to run 5Ks, gluttons who run half-marathons or longer!  But we’ve also got others in our church – like […] Read More

The Eyes of Faith

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist, Charlottesville, Va.  Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 (Heb 11:1-3, 8-16) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  2 This is what the ancients were commended for.  3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, […] Read More

The Path

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 August 12, 2013 Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Luke 12:32-40 John Claypool preached this text forty-four years ago and I still occasionally hear someone refer to it when they make a reference to the […] Read More

In my previous post, I quoted Amos Wilder’s observation that “the language of a people is its fate.” What we say and how we say it shapes our lives. That column looked at the growing acceptance on profanity and the lack of civility it breeds. Profanity (language) shapes our fate (growing disrespect). Perhaps you’d expect a […] Read More

Sustained by Faith

A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. June 16, 2013 Galatians 2:15-21 Whenever I get discouraged by my own spiritual transformation, or lack thereof, I remember that not even the big boys of scripture were immune from backsliding. Take the Apostle Peter and the Apostle Paul’s frequent colleague in ministry, Barnabas. […] Read More

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. June 2, 2013 Note: As a part of the church’s Centennial celebration, today was designated as Organ Sunday. Our music worship was centered on the pipe organ, installed in the church in 1967. Psalm 104:24-34; Romans 8:18-25 Heather Wilson is a teacher […] Read More

“So, I have a friend who is critiquing ‘Duck Dynasty’ for being misogynist toward the women in the show. I don’t get it. What do you all think?” A totally normal text to receive from my dad on a Monday morning. But seriously, let’s talk about this show. I don’t want to spend lots of […] Read More

There is something in us – something sacred, I believe – which recoils from the idea that the universe is its own explanation, that our existence here is a happy but meaningless stroke of cosmic luck, and that there is no Artist, no Designer and no Life-Giver behind, beyond and within everything that exists.  We […] Read More

By Another Road

A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston Salem, N.C. January 6, 2013  Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12 That great theologian James Taylor wrote a song about the wise men called, “Home By Another Way.”  The song opens like this way:             “Those magic men the Magi             Some people call them wise             […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on January 27, 2013. Nehemiah 8:1-12 Our attention this morning is drawn to the Old Testament book of Nehemiah. It was named for one of Israel’s most outstanding citizens, a civil engineer and superb administrator. Nehemiah played a key role in the reconstruction […] Read More