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In the U.S. and most of the developed world, the winds of capitalism have blown over the land so strongly that the desire of most people is for more and more material things. […] Read More

NBC’s new game show “The Wall” is troubling. I’ve only seen one episode, but from the very beginning there was something off-putting about the show. I have to admit, though, that it hooked me. I watched until the end, I couldn’t look away, and I’m ashamed. “The Wall” appeals to what’s worst in us, and […] Read More

Few people think they are prone to greed. That was the result of an anecdotal I conducted recently as I was preparing a sermon on this topic. Folks admitted to anger, envy and gluttony, but no one confessed a problem with greed. A few attributed greed to others, but not to themselves. These isolated responses […] Read More

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. August 11, 2013 The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 12:32-40  “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an […] Read More

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Luke 12:13-21 August 4, 2013 Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11 Giving a sermon on covetous greed is some better than an assignment to remind people to eat their broccoli or beets, but not by much. A […] Read More

The Grapes of Wrath

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. June 16, 2013 I Kings 21:1-21a If you like stories with heroes and villains, you will love today’s text. There are four main characters, two of which are villains, Ahab and Jezebel. Ahab is the King of Israel. He lived about eight hundred fifty […] Read More

The Heart of the Gospel

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on October 14, 2012. Mark 10:17-31 This is a tough passage, and I wrestled with it every day last week. It contains one of the most demanding challenges found in the gospels, along with one of the harshest warnings and most outlandish promises. […] Read More

“It’s the economy, stupid” was Bill Clinton’s successful presidential campaign slogan in 1992. Economics began as the science of political economy, but now most conventional economists regard the economy as a quasi-autonomous area of human interactions, shaped by trade and technology far more than politics. How refreshing, then, to discover two recent books by Nobel […] Read More

Unprofitable Exchange

A sermon delivered by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, Nc., on March 4, 2012. Mark 8:31-38; Luke 12:13-21 I’ve attended several Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in my life as a guest.  And I’m always impressed with the unvarnished honesty displayed in the meetings. Sometimes I think we in the church could learn a lot […] Read More

LONDON (RNS) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says Jesus would have joined protesters from the anti-corporate Occupy movement who have been camped outside London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral for more than seven weeks. In a British magazine, the leader of the world’s 78 million Anglicans worldwide insisted that Jesus would be “there, sharing the risks, not […] Read More