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What is your latest accomplishment? Who helped you achieve it? Who recommended you? Who taught you the skills? Who encouraged you? Who opened your eyes to the possibilities? Who opposed you and caused you to work harder? Who told you that you couldn’t do it? Who was your competition? Choose one of these to whom […] Read More

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. John 12:1-8 I wonder what Mary had in mind for this expensive perfume. Was she keeping it for an emergency or to take care of her in her old age? It was, after all, worth over a year’s wages, and could be sold for […] Read More

The Pillars of the Earth

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on November 18, 2012.                                                            1 Samuel 2:1-10; Hebrews 10:11-25 Washington is nervous. Have you noticed? The best analogy I can think of is an old western. Congress and the White House are like the cowboys of old, […] Read More

Generous Gratitude

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on November 20, 2011. Psalm 100 Morning Prayer: Eternal Father and Giver of all good gifts, the week looms before us and we think of so many things.  We think of the blessings that you have given us and we count them and they […] Read More

The Value of Gratitude

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on November 20, 2011. Psalm 92:1-5 They hit the grocery store shelves over fifty years ago and were an instant success. However, had it not been for Thanksgiving, I am not sure that TV dinners would have been designed and produced. In 1953, […] Read More

Gratitude is surely among the precious few, truly renewable energy sources available to the human creature. The hearts of both giver and receiver grow larger in the process. Saying thanks, especially beyond the demands of simple etiquette, is among the most available violence-reduction strategies. It is quite possible, of course, that expressing gratitude simply masks […] Read More

In this time of so much turmoil and uncertainty, most people aren’t losing their minds, killing strangers or giving up. Instead, they are hunkered down, pulling together, depending on one another and finding their own solutions to the times.  So I thought of a series of sermons on “Simple Gifts: 30 Days to Thanksgiving.” The […] Read More

(RNS) Calling it a “beloved American tradition” in his official proclamation this week, President Obama reminded us that Thanksgiving is an opportunity “to focus our thoughts on the grace that has been extended to our people and our country.” Thank you, Mr. President. I needed to hear that. Surely 2010 has been a year of […] Read More

God in The City

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on November 21, 2010.                                    Psalm 46:1-11; Colossians 1:11-14 George Buttrick, whose name might not mean anything to you, was one of the most famous American preachers of the twentieth century. He was pastor of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church […] Read More

Our capacity to be thankful is greatly influenced by how we “see.” The great challenge for all of us (though for some it is greater): Can we “see” beyond and through the chaotic circumstances that threaten to envelop us? Can we find some stability in God’s mercy and love, even when all hell breaks loose? […] Read More