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Howard Batson

Howard Batson is pastor of First Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas. Howard’s articles that have appeared on EthicsDaily.com are available here. 1. Where did you grow up? Greenville, South Carolina. 2. What is your favorite Bible verse, book or story? Why? Joshua 1:9. Its assurance of God’s presence no matter where life’s journey might carry […] Read More

We Were Hoping

A sermon by Howard Batson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx. Luke 24:13-35 April 20, 2014 Where did things go wrong?  Jesus didn’t turn out to be any better than the previous prophets who had promised to be the Messiah.  He was just another would-be, could-be, should-be Savior who, hanging on a cross, couldn’t even […] Read More

Seeing is Believing

A sermon by Howard Batson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx. John 20:1-18 April 6, 2014 “Seeing is believing.”  No, I’m not referring to the Elvis song, nor to the 1941 mystery novel by Carter Dickson.  “Seeing is believing,” I have discovered in recent weeks, is the central theme of John’s gospel. You don’t discover […] Read More

Slipping Away

A sermon by Howard Batson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx. Luke 5:12-16; 6:12 March 2, 2014 Alone.  A-L-O-N-E.  There is something very frightening about this word.  There is something very comforting about being around people.  Something comforting about the constant noise and buzz of our lives. We have slowly, but surely, developed a world […] Read More

When God Interrupts

A sermon by Howard Batson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx. Luke 5:1-11, 27-32 February 23, 2014 Don’t you just hate interruptions?  Finally, at last, on a Sunday afternoon, the weight of the previous week making you weary.  And the prospects of the week to come a future burden.  Somewhere in the middle of the […] Read More

Peace

A sermon by Howard Batson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx. Luke 2:25-35 December 8, 2013 This Sunday’s is the second Sunday of Advent – peace.  The opposite of peace, of course, is war.  We are at war with ourselves, at war with God, at war with others – man against man and country against […] Read More

What Matters

A sermon by Howard Batson, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx. Philippians 4:1-9 November 3, 2013 Our stress levels are off the chart, aren’t they?  The death of someone in our family.  The pain of divorce.  A court case pending.  Awaiting the lab results of the biopsy.  Having your name on the list for the next […] Read More

A sermon by Howard Batson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx. Philippians 3:1-21 October 27, 2013 Who is the most famous person in your heritage, your lineage, your ancestry?  That question was posed at a recent Sunday School party here at First Baptist Church, and lo and behold, the class discovered that one of their […] Read More

A sermon by Howard Batson, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx. Philippians 1:20 October 13, 2013 Last week, we concluded a sermon series from the Old Testament book of Proverbs.  And today we begin a sermon series from a New Testament book, the book of Philippians.  Philippians is a letter.  It’s not a Gospel.  If it […] Read More

  A sermon by Howard Batson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx. Philippians 2:1-18 October 20, 2013 There is an old Jewish joke that says if you’ve got two rabbis, you’ve probably got three opinions.  The church often seems like that as well, doesn’t it?  We read about church fights and squabbles all the way […] Read More