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Mothers Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and many church worship leaders are thinking about how to observe this particular holiday – if at all. Most churches have some tradition of honoring mothers on this day. However, as more and more churches are becoming aware that Mother’s Day is deeply painful for many people, they are carefully […] Read More

It was a beautiful night under the stars. A group of us stood at a place overlooking the city of Budapest in Hungary. Our host, a local Baptist minister, took our Ottawa University choir group on a tour of the city, regaling us with stories and a wonderful meal. You cannot go anywhere in the […] Read More

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar., May 12, 2013                                                                    Proverbs 6:20-22; Mark 7:24-30 We didn’t have much money in the early days for eating out, but often were invited by church members to accompany them for lunch after Sunday morning worship. Bless their hearts; it took a […] Read More

Parenting Parents

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. May 12, 2013 Judges 13:2-8 Mothers’ Day This morning our attention is drawn to one of Israel’s folk heroes, Samson.  He was such an important part of Jewish history that his story begins before his birth. You recall Samson was a judge who ruled […] Read More

When it comes to observing Mother’s Day at church, traditions vary around the country. Factors influencing a congregation’s contextual practice include geographic location, denominational heritage, liturgical preference and congregational precedent. In my first pastorate, I inherited that southern tradition I call “the Mother’s Day Flower Awards.” This tradition, which occurred during the morning worship service, […] Read More

Photos give us a chance to gaze back in time, and I have one that is a special treasure. It is a black-and-white picture of a beautiful teenage girl wearing a simple dress with a look on her face that says, “I love life and can’t wait to live more of it.” Pictures are true, […] Read More

For churches in the Deep South, the de facto liturgical calendar revolves around Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Decoration Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day rather than Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary Time. Early in my ministry, I discovered that Mother’s Day might be the most sensitive of all of […] Read More

141 million and 18.6 billion. These figures represent the average number of cards given and the total dollars spent last year for Mother’s Day, respectively. To call it a significant holiday would be a bit of an understatement, and for Baptist ministers who serve churches that expect a significant focus on mothers that Sunday morning, […] Read More

Joy To The World

A sermon delivered by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, Nc., on May 13, 2012. Psalm 98: John 15:9-11 In a couple of days I will mark my 21st anniversary of ministry at FBC.  That means I will have worked almost 1100 weeks in this place.  And I can promise you not one of […] Read More

Sermon delivered by Dr. Joel Snider, pastor of First Baptist Church in Rome, Ga., on May 10, 2009. 1 Samuel 1:21-28 First Samuel, chapter 1, is one of many of the best stories from the Old Testament, and these stories are almost too long to read the entire scripture passage. Let me bring you a […] Read More