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Easter is a highly significant celebration in the life of the church and is often presented as the central affirmation of the Christian faith. Do we do it a disservice by thinking of it as a holiday or even a historical event? […] Read More

We pursue status and wealth like prizes at a carnival game. Instead, if all of us could learn to live fully in God’s love, we wouldn’t be anxious about amassing life’s cheap, comparative prizes. […] Read More

I am suspicious. I was suspicious before I ever knew about a hermeneutic of suspicion. I am suspicious that many of us in the “evangelical” (always have to put that in quotes) side of the church are not very comfortable with the humanity of Jesus. You would not think this at Advent or Christmas when […] Read More

Jesus is God in the flesh. This assertion opens John’s Gospel through the proclamation, “the Word became flesh” (John 1:14). Theologians use a $4 word to describe this process, referring to it as “incarnation.” That Jesus took on a human body is a basic assertion of Christmas, for which the Advent season anticipates and prepares […] Read More

Jesus’ life and teachings didn’t matter very much. At least that’s the idea one gets from those U.S. Christians who see his only earthly purpose in coming to die as a penalty for human sinfulness – and then rocketing off to heaven to fix up some cushy mansions for our afterlife while awaiting our arrival. […] Read More

The prologue to the Gospel of John provides this powerful metaphor for meaningful embodiment: “The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, a glory filled with grace and truth” (John 1:14). This metaphor goes by the name “incarnation,” the kind of word that my grandfather would have called “high […] Read More

It seems to happen every year about this time – maybe a little earlier each year. Out of respect for the religious diversity of its clientele, a retailer directs its sales people and cashiers to offer a generic “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” A town decides not to place its traditional manger scene on […] Read More

Pastors do everything we can during this time of year to remind people that Christmas means that God has chosen to be present and active in our world. This year that’s an uphill battle. Every time I open my web browser or turn on the TV, I’m reminded that God can seem awfully absent sometimes. […] Read More

Travels and Travails

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. December 29, 2013 Isaiah 63:7-9; Matthew 2:13-23 If you’ve ever done much traveling, you know it can be fraught with all kinds of difficulties. Just recently, one of our church members told me of the time she and her family were bumped […] Read More

Thomas Friedman begins his book, “Hot, Flat and Crowded,” with a story about the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Before 9/11, the consulate was located “in the Palazzo Corpi, a grand and distinctive old building in the heart of the city’s bustling business district, jammed between the bazaars, the domed mosques and the jumble of […] Read More