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A Saving Mystery

 A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. March16, 2014. John 3:1-17  My name is Nicodemus.  This morning, I want to share with you my story and my strange but memorable encounter with Jesus late one night.  But first, let me tell you about my credentials: First, I’m a member of the […] Read More

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. March 9, 2014. Matthew 4:1-11 Whew!  What an amazing couple of Sundays we’ve had!  We dedicated eight babies and children, ordained Joseph Johnson, welcomed the Watsons into membership, had the youth group lead worship, baptized three youth, heard how God is working in Mattie […] Read More

Jesus: King of Kings

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. November 24, 2013 Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 23:33-38 Of all the things Jesus said during his three-year ministry in Galilee and thereabouts, what do you think is the most basic, central thing he talked about? In other words, what was the essential message […] Read More

Reza Aslan’s basic thesis in his book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” is that Jesus was a failed revolutionary who was willing to use violence to overthrow the political and religious order to bring in God’s kingdom. Aslan rejects outright the many teachings of Jesus about nonviolence, peacemaking and love of […] Read More

For more than 37 years, “Saturday Night Live” has presented comedy sketches that offer up parodies of our culture and our politics. The targets of these sketches have not exempted any significant cultural or political targets. And yet, when my group is the target of a sketch, I can easily begin to feel singled out […] Read More

In his letter to the church at Philippi, it is fairly obvious that Paul is concerned about some influences that were steering the church away from the teaching he had imparted and the example he had modeled. It seems that there were two different kinds of pressure being exerted upon the church. One influence pressed […] Read More

Was it a spur-of-the-moment thing? Or something Mary had in mind for a long time? If it was impulsive, why did she have so much expensive nard-based perfume on hand? Was Mary collecting this perfume because she loved exquisite fragrances? Or was she a wise investor, hedging her bets against volatile currency markets by putting […] Read More

What does money mean to you? For many of us, I think, money means safety and security. We depend on money to feed us, clothe us, house us, provide medical care for us, transport us and educate us.  Money puts gates around our neighborhoods, fences around our yards, and alarms on our doors. Money means safety […] Read More

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” — Matthew 5:4 Lately, this verse has taken hold of me for reasons I don’t fully understand. Maybe it’s because I’ve participated in two funerals recently, and at both we celebrated and mourned simultaneously.  I am part of a community that shows up at funerals.  We […] Read More

The Synoptic Gospels all include the wilderness temptation narrative. Matthew and Luke go into great detail recounting the three different temptations of the devil. Mark, on the other hand, simply puts it this way (after a relatively short account of Jesus’ baptism): And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in […] Read More