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True freedom isn’t as simple as the slogans, patriotic songs and political rhetoric would suggest. You must be willing to defend those who differ from you if you support it. That’s why some have lost their taste for freedom. […] Read More

While evangelicals have no illusions that worldly systems are or can ever be perfect, the work evangelicals do with the United Nations to protect religious freedom matters. […] Read More

Despite dissatisfaction from many evangelicals, the United Nations has brought much needed attention to violations of freedom of religion or belief that would otherwise go unnoticed. […] Read More

Two sets of ‘boundary’ symbols paint clashing portraits of our nation’s character. One denotes liberty and responsibility; the other is protectionist and inhospitable. Which will you heed? […] Read More

“The Star-Spangled Banner” has been sung and played often in the past few days, including at many churches. Another song, often called the “Black National Anthem,” calls us to join hands and work together. […] Read More

The state and federal governments of Australia all agreed on new “security” measures to address what they call terrorist threats. These measures, adopted a few weeks ago, sit in a long line of actions taken since September 2001, which have actually undermined the very freedoms they claim to defend. In reality, terror has undermined our […] Read More

The Fourth of July is almost here! This midsummer holiday offers an opportunity for families and friends to gather and celebrate the freedoms of our nation. Food, fireworks and patriotic music draw us together for a day and night of fun. The Fourth of July is also an opportunity to remember. We must remember and […] Read More

I observed our congregation’s students standing attentively as they enthusiastically declared, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America” during Vacation Bible School. We often recite these words in classrooms and at civic gatherings. When we pronounce the pledge, is it merely an obligatory ritual or do we listen attentively to […] Read More

Invitation to Rest

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. July 6, 2014. Matthew 11:16-30 We are now in the heart of summer, and many of us are looking forward to taking our vacations.  In the United States, the average number of vacation days per year is 13 days.  In Korea and Japan, it […] Read More

Rooted in Community

A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. July 7, 2013 Galatians 6:1-16 We’re celebrating our country this week, and there is so much to be grateful for in these United States. With all our imperfections, we Americans are still a beacon for freedom and democracy that other countries strive to emulate. […] Read More