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John the Baptist

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

The Wilderness

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on January 8, 2011. Psalm 29:1-11; Mark 1:4-11 The wilderness, talked about so much in the Bible, is not only a real place, but serves as a recurring theme and backdrop to the stories told in the gospels. So much so, […] Read More

Meddlesome Messengers

A sermon delivered by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, Nc., on December 11, 2011. Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; John 1:6-8, 19-28 I don’t like people who meddle.  And Lord knows, we have plenty of them! Years ago I was flying out of Atlanta back here to NC, and wound up on a plane with […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on December 11, 2011. Third Sunday in Advent Psalm 126:1-6; John 1:19-28 Suppose our church announced that we were going to have a Christmas pageant. If you chose to attend, you would no doubt expect to see our church’s little ones […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on December 4, 2011. Mark 1:1-8 “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” Mark 1:1. With these simple words, Mark began his account of the life of Christ. He throws us a curve, though. He doesn’t begin […] Read More

An Unanswered Question

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on September 25, 2011. Ezekiel 18:25-29; Matthew 21:23-32 Charles Campbell tells of the time he was watching television and channel surfing. He came across an interview with TV pop psychologist Dr. Phil. I’m sure that Campbell informs us he was channel […] Read More

QASR EL YAHUD, West Bank (RNS/ENInews) Pilgrims are flowing back to the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism on the Jordan River as Israel removes 40-year-old land mines and makes improvements to the area. “It is a very sensitive place politically and religiously and is of importance to both Christians and Jews,” said Lt. Col. Ofer […] Read More

Bill Nieporte is a friend from my seminary days and pastor of Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. He’s toying with the idea of creating a “John the Baptist” line of Christmas cards. So far, here is what he has produced: Outside card: “From our house to yours this holiday season.” Inside: “Merry Christmas, […] Read More


Sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, pastor of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, A.R., on July 12 2009. Psalm 85:8-13; Mark 6:14-29           “Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who’s the fairest of them all?”           “Look into the glass, deeply, deeply. See into your future.”           “The tarot cards know all.”             Occasionally, you’ll see (usually […] Read More

Power Lessons

This sermon was delivered by Wendell Griffen, pastor of the New Millennium Church in Little Rock, Ark., on July 12, 2009. But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”  Mark 6:16 (NRSV)   The death of John the Baptist, like that of Jesus, reminds us that powerful people […] Read More