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The recent passing of baseball legend Yogi Berra called up a lifetime of memories of the Yankee catcher and his post-retirement career as a statesman for the sport. He became a kind of unwitting philosopher as well with his famous “Yogi-isms” – clever and humorous turns of phrase that stated the obvious in amusing and […] Read More

One of the refrains we have heard over and over again regarding the loss of Maya Angelou is this: “There was just so much more she had to teach us.” Certainly that is true; she was constantly writing and composing truths for us to hear and read. Thus, I feel certain there are works to […] Read More

My recollections of the civil rights movement of the ’60s are rather limited. I was sheltered from much of the reality and shaped by a social context that placed blame solely on “troublemakers” like Martin Luther King Jr. Living in a community where African Americans were scarce and isolated led to little contact outside my […] Read More

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. The Fifth Sunday in Lent John 12:1-8 Today we conclude a Lenten sermon series called “Teach us to number our days,” based on a line from Psalm 90 where Moses says, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and if by […] Read More

Some British scholars have long suspected that one of their former kings was buried beneath a modern parking lot. After much research by the University of Leicester, it was recently confirmed that, indeed, the remains unearthed there were those of Richard III (1452-85), the last Plantagenet King of England. About 100 miles north of London, […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City Mo., on March 4, 2012. The Second Sunday of Lent Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Slip off your shoes and socks and roll your pants legs up and step gingerly into the gently flowing waters of the river of faith. We are people of faith […] Read More

The Value of a Good Name

“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1 (NKJV) It takes a long time to build a good name and a relatively short time to lose one. Building a good name is like building a sand castle by the sea, a process that […] Read More