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John the Baptist

Witness the Lamb

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. January 19, 2014. John 1:29-42 For as long as I can remember when it comes to looking for things, I’m terrible!  When I’m the one cooking dinner, it takes me just as long to hunt down the ingredients I need as it does to […] Read More

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. January 12, 2014 The Baptism of the Lord Matthew 3:13-17 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  Jesus […] Read More

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. December 15, 2013 The Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 35:1-10; Matthew 11:2-11 The people at Coca-Cola seem to think you can “Open Happiness” by popping the top off an ice-cold bottle of Coke, but in this Advent season we are opening hope, peace, joy, […] Read More

What You Hear and See

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. December 15, 2013 Third Sunday in Advent Isaiah 35:1-10; Matthew 11:2-11 “To the victors belong the spoils.” So it has always been, and so it was with Herod Antipater, who fortunately sided with Julius Caesar in his infamous face-off with Pompey. For […] Read More

In Matthew 11, John the Baptist heard what Jesus was doing and sent his disciples to ask him: “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” What sparks this question? Matthew introduces John the Baptist earlier as the Elijah-like precursor to the Messiah (see Matthew 3:1-12). He is […] Read More

Who Tells You Who You Are?

In his book “Letters to a Young Doubter,” William Sloan Coffin says that when he was chaplain at Yale, he would get requests from seniors to write a letter of recommendation to some “highfalutin” school like Harvard Law or Columbia Medical School. He mostly wrote about their character and integrity rather than their academic achievements or […] Read More

When God Comes Calling

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark. on January 13, 2013. Psalm 29:1-11; Luke 3:15-22 It’s a question I ask every person who comes to me requesting baptism. Young or old, it really doesn’t matter, I ask the question. I have to ask the question. It’s too important […] Read More

Peace Child

A sermon delivered by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., on December 9, 2012. Luke 1:68-79 When some children are born into the world, they already have a host of expectations on their shoulders.  Recently, the tabloids are all abuzz over the pregnancy of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on July 15, 2012. Psalm 85:8-13; Mark 6:14-29 Envision in your mind the following scene: King Herod is holding court as he sits on his throne. Subjects and minions seek audience with him to mine his wisdom and curry his favor. […] Read More

The sordid story of John the Baptist’s execution boils down to being faithful to one’s oath. (See Mark 6:14-29 for the longer version; Matthew 14:1-12 for the shorter one.) Herod Antipas (son of Herod the Great) could be criticized for a lot of things – being weak, anxious, a little paranoid and a lot swayed […] Read More