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A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. August 18, 2013 Psalm 105:1-17; Philippians 1:3-6, 9-11 Yesterday Joani and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary. And when Randall Lolley, a former pastor of this church, called last week to congratulate me on my retirement, I reminded him that he tied a pretty […] Read More

Are you tired of the doomsday rhetoric about the church in America? Have you noticed that the bandwagon of those predicting the imminent demise of congregational life is filled to capacity? Are you ready to tune out another diatribe proclaiming that the church’s ship is sinking and we are all doomed? You have to admit, […] Read More

When columns I have written are used on, there is an identifying line or two at the bottom about who I am: a “former” board member of the Baptist Center for Ethics and a “former” moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) of Georgia. Those lines could also say that I am a “former” […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is the third column in a three-part series. Read part one here and part two here. Easter 1997, and I was at an academic conference on the theme “The Communication of God.” A Jewish philosopher was speaking to us about the promise of online communication; he was passionate and committed and fairly […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is the second column in a three-part series. In my previous article, I wrote about what social media looks like now and how churches might use it. This world is moving fast; in this article I want to begin to imagine where it might be going soon. There is a bit of […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on April 29, 2012. Isaiah 35 Morning Prayer:        O God, our Father, we pray claiming the promise that you know what we need before we ask it.  Forgive the pettiness or the immaturity of our prayers when we have asked for […] Read More

Thresholds can be frightening. Our ancient ancestors felt that thresholds were dwelling places for evil spirits. They believed that stepping on a threshold made them vulnerable to the spirits that lurked there, so they were careful to avoid them. Often, they posted icons or talismans on doorposts and doorframes to ward off those dangerous forces. […] Read More

The parent company of – the Baptist Center for Ethics – observed its 20th anniversary this summer. Call it a very quiet celebration. We’ve said almost nothing about it on We’ve barely talked about it as a staff. We’ve had no party. Frankly, we’ve been too busy – too busy building on the […] Read More

Forty years ago, Alvin and Heidi Toffler wrote “Future Shock,” a groundbreaking book about what we could expect in the future. It was a challenging and, in many ways, accurate forecast. Some of its projections are still coming to pass. Toffler Associates has released a special report called “40 For The Next 40: A Sampling […] Read More

As the current year comes to a close and the so-called new year dawns, many people see the transition as an opportunity to make changes in their life. Many of us have probably boasted grand “New Year’s resolutions” in some form or another and went on to experience different degrees of failure or success. For […] Read More