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Violence in our society is a perplexing reality. If we look at it in terms of statistics, there is less killing and crime in many categories than in many years. When we see the daily litany of murder stories on the news, though, and compare our nation to other nations, we are appalled at the […] Read More

In a previous column, I suggested that an assumed culture of violence prevails among many of those who are most vocal in defense of gun ownership. They are not alone, however. Even many non-gun owners live in fear, mistrust and suspicion. Therefore, I urged that addressing our assumed culture of violence should be on par […] Read More

One Sunday after worship, I greeted a young man who was visiting with us for the first and – as it would turn out – the last time. Before I had the opportunity to introduce myself and welcome him, and without so much as a “hello, howdy,” he pointed to a name printed in our […] Read More

How’s that new year’s resolution thing working out for you? I’ve never been a big fan of this once-a-year ritual. I guess it’s the whole “turning over a new leaf” syndrome that bugs me most. People resolve to do things better or differently all the while knowing that it lasts about as long as those […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on December 23, 2012. Luke 1:39-45 This morning, our attention is drawn to Mary’s visit to Elizabeth soon after Mary discovered she was going to have a baby. Only Luke writes about it, which does not surprise me. He was a physician and […] Read More

In 1903 in Kishinev, which was then part of Russia, there was a terrible pogrom, an anti-Jewish riot. During that riot, 49 Jews were killed and more than 500 were injured.  In its aftermath, the Jewish community in the town of Odessa sent a well-known Zionist and poet, Haim Nachman Bialik, to Kishinev, who then wrote […] Read More

I often hear people say that the reason for our country’s moral decline is because we can’t read the Bible in the classrooms and because we took prayer out of the schools. Recently, former Arkansas governor and Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee was asked about the shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 28 people dead, […] Read More

The realities of good and evil are powerfully evident in our time, as in most others; the conflicting messages from Christmas (“peace on earth”) and from horrific tragedy (Newtown, Conn.) remind us that the world we sing about in this season and the world we live in are not the same. The rather arbitrary threshold […] Read More

Not long ago I sat and watched a couple of boys as they played video games. While the younger boy raced cars, the older boy played a military commando game.  The object of the race was obvious: finish first. The object of the commando game was obvious, too: kill all the people you could kill before they […] Read More

Contrary to popular opinion, the Christmas story is not all sweetness and light. Lost in our usual Christmas shuffle of gift-giving, carol-singing and candle-lighting is the sobering tale of the “slaughter of the innocents” recorded in the Bible. According to Scripture, King Herod, who some scholars surmise suffered from paranoid personality disorder, ordered the slaughter […] Read More