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Lord's Supper

I see our healthcare crisis as a crisis of communion. On Sunday mornings, when my congregation sets the table for the Lord’s Supper, we set upon it loaves of bread, which we call the Body of Christ, and a cup, which we call the blood of Christ. We place the table in the center of […] Read More

Church growth is back on the agenda – not the 1970s variety from the U.S., but rather the new style espoused by the Church of England. I had the joy of reading recently “What Makes Churches Grow? Vision and Practice in Effective Mission” by Bob Jackson, director of the Church Growth Centre attached to St […] Read More

I’ve enjoyed working with several high-energy invigorated churches this past spring and summer. Being around them, considering God’s calling for them and how to join God more fully on mission was delightful. Reflecting on these experiences, I find myself wishing more people on this planet could experience this kind of faith community. One practice common […] Read More

Debates about communion usually focus on two important areas: the nature of the event and the question of who can participate. The nature of the event will involve considerations such as what we believe about the bread and wine. At one end of the spectrum, the Roman Catholic position is that the elements become the […] Read More

When the famous historian Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) decided to become a Roman Catholic, his aristocratic mother was distressed, not because she had any aversion to Catholic dogma, but because now her son would, in her words, have to “worship with the help.” She was painfully aware that, in church at least, his aristocratic background would […] Read More

Newness of Life

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. June 22, 2014 Psalm 86:1-10; Romans 6:1-11 This is an odd passage of scripture for this time of year. What I mean is, Paul refers to walking in the “newness of life.” Wouldn’t this be better for the first Sunday in January, […] Read More

I Can See

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. May 4, 2014. Luke 24:13-35 Back in the mid 1990’s, there was a series of books called “Magic Eye” that had pages filled with patterns, and supposedly, if you relaxed your eyes and focused just right, you could see 3-D images popping out of […] Read More

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. April 17, 2014 Maundy Thursday Luke 22:24-30 It is always a challenge to find something new and fresh to say about the Lord’s Supper. But then again, that may not be the point; that it be new and fresh, that is. Maybe […] Read More

The Thursday of Holy Week is called by a wide-ranging number of names according to one’s particular faith tradition, but most call it Maundy Thursday or more simply, Holy Thursday. It’s a day of bright wonder as we reflect upon Jesus’ simple actions and deep words on the evening when he pulled aside his disciples […] Read More

To Be Holy

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. February 23, 2014 Leviticus 19:1-18; Matthew 5:38-48 There is something in us that does not want to be holy. We describe God as holy, and that’s perfectly fine. In fact, it is with great gusto that we sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord […] Read More