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Some folks may prefer otherwise, but the ability to follow the rules isn’t the defining factor for being welcomed into God’s kingdom because following the law can’t make a person acceptable before God. […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on October 7, 2012. Matthew 5:17-20 Morning Prayer: O God, our Father, we thank you that in your loving kindness toward us you have given us your law.  Teach us to delight in it and to incline our hearts to keep it.  May […] Read More

The Law Limits

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga. Feb. 21, 2010.   Exodus 20:1-21 Meditation Text: The commandments are not guidelines for humanity in general.  They are a countercultural way of life for those who know who they are and whose they are.  Their function is not to keep American […] Read More


Sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, pastor of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, A.R., on October 4 2009.             Psalm 26:1-12; Mark 10:2-16               As we all know, or as we all should know, there are times when we find ourselves in a tough situation and discover that the stated issue really […] Read More

A resolution to affirm the religious heritage of the United States has resurfaced in Congress, sparking a familiar debate about whether America is a “Christian nation.”   The Congressional Prayer Caucus, a group of about 40 members of the U.S. House of Representatives that meets weekly to pray in the Capitol, announced on May 7, […] Read More

Reading the April 26 column by Frank Rich in The New York Times (“The Banality of Bush White House Evil”) caused a question to resurface that has been brewing within me for years. Why did the American public, news media (for the most part) and national leaders in Congress permit torture, judicially unauthorized surveillance and […] Read More

Like many people around the world, I have paid close attention as President Obama’s administration wrestles with how it will deal with our nation’s recent experience concerning torture. I rejoiced as Obama renounced practices such as water-boarding within his first week in office. More recently, I was pleased to see the Obama administration release previously […] Read More

Beautiful Law

Sermon delivered by Keith Herron, pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, M.O., on Mar. 15 2009. Psalm 19 In the spirituality soup Jesus brought to nourish his followers there’s a secret ingredient that would seem essential we discover. Jesus began with the stock of his own Jewish faith but realized it still needed flavoring. […] Read More

It never fails. Just about every time I write about the responsibility we have not only as Christians but also as citizens to provide a viable social safety net for the poor in our midst, someone will fire back to let me know that it is not the job of government to help the poor. […] Read More

Could it be that Democratic leaders Harry Reid and Dick Durbin didn’t get immunized to the abuse of power? Let’s admit that this disease has been around for a long time in Washington, D.C. Eight years of George Bush and Dick Cheney has spread the abuse-of-power virus to virtually every dimension of our national political […] Read More