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Tender Mercies

A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston Salem, N.C. December 9, 2012 Luke 1:57-80 Several days ago I made my annual trip up to our attic to bring down our Christmas decorations.  In our house that means walking down two flights of steps, and it also means I get to complain about […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on November 4, 2012. 1 Peter 2:1-12 Morning Prayer: Good and Gracious God, we continue to pray for the residents of the East Coast.  We ask that you would lift them as they recover from the week’s tragedy.  Empower adults and families as […] Read More

It was heartening to learn that so many churches in Chicago last week passed the welcoming test that Jesus created. That is, they opened their doors to welcome children. “What’s so unusual about that?” you’re probably asking. Isn’t that what churches are supposed to be doing – what most churches are eager to do? Wouldn’t […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on July 15, 2012. Psalm 85:8-13; Mark 6:14-29 Envision in your mind the following scene: King Herod is holding court as he sits on his throne. Subjects and minions seek audience with him to mine his wisdom and curry his favor. […] Read More

Mercy to All

A sermon delivered by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, Farmville Baptist Church, Farmville, Va., on August 14, 2011. Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 15:21-28; Romans 11:1-2, 29-32 Who deserves God’s mercy?  This is a question that is addressed in today’s scripture lessons.  In our Gospel lesson from Matthew, we see a religious and social outcast—a Canaanite woman—approaching […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Ga., on July 17, 2011. Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 Who knows you better than anyone else? I asked that question one time in a Bible study and a man quickly responded, “My dog.” That got a good laugh out of everybody. I know […] Read More

I am sick of the media attention surrounding the Caylee Anthony death. Once again the media feeds us an unhealthy diet of drama, and we sit captivated. “Why?” I asked myself. Why are we so intrigued by this story and outraged over the decision of the jury? We are intrigued because a 2-year-old child died, […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Wendell Griffen, Pastor, New Millennium Church, Little Rock Ark., on October 24, 2010. 2 Timothy 4:6-18 As far as we know, humans are the only creatures on earth that ponder the meaning of their living.  Ants and elephants may do so, but we haven’t figured it out yet.  But history, philosophy, […] Read More

In Luke’s version of Jesus giving the disciples a model of how to pray to God, the itinerant rabbi seems to assume – for that particular society in which he proclaimed and demonstrated the coming reign of God – an understanding of humanity’s moral condition. (Luke 11:1-13) Jesus assumes, that is, that human beings are […] Read More

On the death penalty, as on so many issues, Will D. Campbell has been out in front of many of us. Perhaps you have heard the story about a debate he had on this subject. His opponent made a case for capital punishment that was reasoned, balanced and thorough. The moderator of the debate then […] Read More