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People from all religious backgrounds blame their religious upbringing for the struggles they have with self-hatred and guilt. Such struggles can’t be blamed solely on religion. Moreover, that struggle is not always unhealthy. […] Read More

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. May 25, 2014 John 14:1-7 Some of my most meaningful conversations are with people who are dying. When your days on earth are drawing to a close, you don’t waste words, which is why most of the dialogue is focused and serious. This appears […] Read More

From Fear to Faith

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. April 27, 2014 John 20:19-23 To say the least, this was no ordinary day for the disciples. It began with news about an empty tomb, and it ended with the disciples gathered in a house somewhere around Jerusalem to discuss it. Earlier in the […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on September 30, 2012. Genesis 3 Meditation Text: The consciousness of sin is the essential condition for understanding Christianity.  This is the very proof of Christianity’s being the highest religion.  No other religion has given such a profound and lofty expression of our […] Read More

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) A defendant accused in a racially motivated arson on Thursday (Feb. 3) took the witness stand and told a federal judge he had no role in the 2008 blaze that razed a predominantly black church hours after President Obama was elected. Michael F. Jacques Jr., 26, one of three defendants accused of […] Read More

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Johannes Tetzel. Tetzel, you’ll likely recall from 10th-grade world history, was the one who allegedly set off the young monk-turned-professor Martin Luther into a theses-penning frenzy. Tetzel’s crime? Offering a traveling reliquary to bilk the masses out of their meager earnings, allegedly to give that final layer of […] Read More