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Memorial Day

I had the privilege of serving in two distinguished military communities during my years as a pastor. And I continue to share life with those who currently serve or have valiantly served our country. In recent days, I have enjoyed conversations with multiple military chaplains, I have officiated a wedding for a naval aviator, I […] Read More

Memorial Day is a day to honor men and women who went into battle but did not survive. With their lives, they paid the ultimate price. The late U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf once said, “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men […] Read More

How shall we honor the fallen and our veterans? Patriotism and nationalism are problematic words, for they carry at least two meanings and several sides to the story of our democracy. We need only look to Frederick Douglass’ speech – “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” – to realize our differences of […] Read More

A pastor new to his church removed the American flag from the sanctuary. He received a death threat as a result. His leadership in that church was brief and unhappy. Meanwhile, at another church, a patriotic holiday rolled around. So did the military hardware. The flag was not only prominently displayed, it was paraded into […] Read More

Some things we want to remember, and some we want to forget. But what do we do when the things we want to forget are also the things we should remember? As I shared a eulogy recently at Barrancas National Cemetery at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, I remembered. As a jet flew over the […] Read More

Loving Obedience

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. May 25, 2014. John 14:15-21 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” This is what Jesus said to his disciples in our Gospel lesson today.  It seems to me that in our current culture, the word “obedience” is not often associated with […] Read More

Memorial Day, like other patriotic holidays, poses a significant challenge for Christian leaders. How do you acknowledge the occasion while maintaining the focus of Christian worship on God as revealed in Jesus Christ? provided resources to answer this question in 2013 through an article series focused on patriotism and Christian worship leading up to […] Read More

Making Memories

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar., May 26, 2013 Memorial Day Sunday Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-35; John 16:12-15 My guess is that what is true for me is pretty much the same for you. My memory just isn’t quite as good as it used to be. I’m not yet […] Read More

Loving Obedience

A sermon delivered by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, Farmville Baptist Church, Farmville, Va., on May 29, 2011. Sixth Sunday of Easter John 14:15-21 “If you love me, you will obey what I command,” Jesus said to his disciples in our Gospel lesson today.  It seems to me that in our culture today, the word “obedience” is […] Read More

Tempted Like Us

Sermon delivered by Dr. Joel Snider, pastor of First Baptist Church in Rome, Ga., on May 24, 2009. Hebrews 4:14-16; Matthew 16:24-26 When you are a young adult in your 20’s and 30’s, you hear people talk about how you need to take care of yourself—the things you need to do about eating and exercise. It […] Read More