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You Never Know

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. June 29, 2014 Psalm 89:1-8; Matthew 10:40-42 I read an essay recently by a minister who had returned to visit a congregation he had served a number of years before. It was a special event of some kind, a reunion perhaps. It […] Read More

Pass the Salt

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. February 9, 2014 Matthew 5:13-16 This morning our attention is drawn to a hillside on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Matthew tells us the news about Jesus’ ability to teach and heal had spread throughout all of Palestine, and people traveled […] Read More

Extreme Makeover

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on September 30, 2012. Mark 9:38-50 Years ago, a man decided to install a new television antenna on the roof of his house. Just for the record, television antennas dotted the landscape of every neighborhood before cable television and satellite dishes made them […] Read More

(RNS) Are U.S. evangelicals losing their influence on America? A new poll released Wednesday (June 22) from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life seems to say just that, with the vast majority—82 percent—of U.S. evangelical leaders saying their influence on the country is declining. At the same time, their counterparts in Africa, Asia […] Read More

(RNS) Seven in 10 Americans say religion’s influence on the country is waning, and 61 percent say they belong to a church or synagogue, equaling the lowest number since Gallup began asking the question in the 1930s. Opinions about religion’s influence have fluctuated in the last 50 years, according to Gallup, loosely following partisan politics: […] Read More

(RNS) Russian and right-wing Jews make a splash in this year’s list of influential people compiled by The Forward, the country’s largest national Jewish weekly newspaper. Crowning the 2010 “Forward 50,” published Oct. 26, are: Google co-founder Sergey Brin; U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.; Misha Galperin, head of Jewish Agency International Development; Supreme Court Justice […] Read More

As the current act of our political drama moves toward its curtain call on Nov. 2, we are likely to be treated to an increasing display of political theater at its best. There are leading actors, clowns, villains, even phantom characters who wield tremendous influence without being seen – Oz-like “men behind the curtain” who […] Read More