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Holy Spirit

Like a wind powering a sailboat on the ocean, the Holy Spirit steers us toward a lifestyle of service and simplicity, keeps us grounded in grace and helps us navigate the diminishing and emerging expressions of church. […] Read More

We have a clear understanding about God and Jesus, but the Holy Spirit has often been the third wheel of the Trinity. I’ve been inspired by a new way to think about the Trinity, which puts more responsibility on us as believers. […] Read More

Baptists – and other ecclesial kin – have been a bit suspicious of the Spirit. In a conference in a church in Missouri a few years ago, I asked persons to write down their questions about the Holy Spirit. One honest soul wrote, “Can the Holy Spirit make you do weird things?” It depends upon […] Read More

Symphonic Spirit

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. Pentecost Sunday I Corinthians 12:3b-13 June 8, 2014 Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, John 20:19-23 It is 50 days past the Jewish holiday Passover and Jerusalem is once again full of visitors from all over the world. It’s “the 50-day festival” known as […] Read More

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. June 8, 2014 Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12: 4-13 “If you can do it by yourself, it won’t be very big!” I still the remember the place and time my friend said that to me many years ago. In some ways it was my […] Read More

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. May 25, 2014 The Sixth Sunday of Easter John 14:15-21 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom […] Read More

A sermon by L. Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. May 18, 2014 Sixth Sunday of Easter Psalm 66:8-20; John 14:15-21 John writes his gospel for the second generation of Jesus followers. Do you know what that means? It means the apostles are now gone. Those who walked the dusty trails of […] Read More

Authors and poets have a great gift for using just the right combination of words to create powerful images. They do so with very few words, and the trick is using words powerful enough to convey large concepts. I like words that can do that, such as love, redemption, restoration, forgiveness and, for me, Red […] Read More

After last Easter, I decided it was time to go back and read through some of the biblical texts that I seldom visit. Since I have read through Genesis on numerous occasions, I started with Exodus whose narrative format makes it an easy read. I quickly read through this book, but then I came to […] Read More

Baptists, historically, are preoccupied more with Christology – doctrines concerning the nature and person of Christ – than with pneumatology – doctrines concerning the Holy Spirit. “Baptists have emphasized the preeminence of the person and work of Christ, and … have largely undervalued or overlooked the Third Person,” according to William Brackney, professor of Christian […] Read More