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Our natural instincts serve us well, to a point. When any threats are perceived, our empathy often will slam shut like a trap door. We’re called beyond instinct to empathy. That’s what I learned in a football stadium parking lot. […] Read More

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. August 4, 2013 John 11:1-16 Communion Devotion On April 15, two explosions shattered the euphoria of the 2013 Boston Marathon. What started as a beautiful day to celebrate freedom and friendships ended in chaos and fear when two bombs exploded at the finish line […] Read More

One of my favorite poems is Mary Oliver’s “The Journey,” which begins: One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice. The poem concludes by noting that your inner voice prevails over the external voices of the crowd as you accept the […] Read More

Tweeting from my iPad that multinational companies should pay their taxes in full seemed a little hypocritical, so I thought I’d write about it (using my PC, powered by Microsoft software produced by a company that has had its fair share of run-ins over anti-trust laws). What a murky world we live in! At its […] Read More

The scandal of world hunger could soon end if the revenues that developing countries lose through tax dodging were available to them to invest in agricultural development, according to a new report from a relief and development agency in Great Britain. One in eight of the world’s population goes to bed hungry, with disappointing progress […] Read More

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” one of the classic documents from what many interpreters see as a significant turning point in the public consciousness toward the systemic injustice that was being brought to light by the courage of countless of its victims and their advocates. […] Read More

A popular aphorism suggests that our checkbook reveals what we value most. As a tool for social analysis, this discloses much about what our society values. Recently, Major League Baseball’s Anaheim Angels renewed the contract of their star left fielder, Mike Trout, and gave him a $28,000 raise. In 2013, Trout will make $510,000 – […] Read More

What does God expect of me? How does he want me to live? All of us struggle at times as we seek to live our faith, and the prophet Ezekiel offers a challenging answer to these questions. Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on April 1, 2012. Mark 11:1-11 Today we focus upon one of the most familiar scenes in the life of Christ, the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey as supporters surrounded him waving palm branches. This scene is familiar for several […] Read More

While I love reading the biblical prophets, preaching from them is a difficult, daunting task. I imagine many of us who are engaged in regular preaching often avoid the prophetic texts when they appear in the lectionary because the other three lections often seem more favorable for sermonizing. Yet, the prophetic tradition is a powerful […] Read More