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Patience

My faith journey took seed in the little country of Singapore. I grew up in a culturally Buddhist family from Indonesia, and it was there as a teenager that I walked into an international Baptist church and was welcomed into the youth group led by Baptist missionaries. I found community there where I heard the […] Read More

There is a school of thought running rampant in congregations these days. It is revealed in statements like the following: “This is the worst pastor/ group/recession/president/ situation/era/event that we have ever known! We must get rid of him/her/it/them immediately or we are doomed.” As a result, we hear regularly about congregations and clergy that make […] Read More

Waiting is an inevitable part of life. Even people highly skilled at multi-tasking and time management cannot avoid waiting at some point in their day – red lights, checkout lines or doctor’s offices, to offer a few examples. I cannot think of anyone who enjoys waiting. If we’re honest, waiting doesn’t often elicit our best […] Read More

What do you do when you have to be around someone you really don’t like? It’s natural to want to hang around with people we like, and few of us would choose to spend time with someone we didn’t like, much less groups of people we don’t like. Sometimes, however, it’s unavoidable. Sometimes they are […] Read More

A sermon by Randy Hyde, pastor of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark. 1 Samuel 8:4-22; Colossians 1:9-14 October 6, 2013 They came from all over to the village of Ramah. The elders of Israel, who dwelt in such places as Bethshemesh, Kiriath-jearim, Mizpah, Beth-car, Jeshanah, Ekron, and Gath, not to mention Beer-sheba. […] Read More

Where are the lines of separation in the continuum that moves from impatience to patience to passivity? If patience is a virtue to which Christians aspire, then impatience – on one side – and passivity – on the other side – are temptations to which Christians often succumb. The biblical witness speaks about patience. Writing […] Read More

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. Second Sunday in Lent Genesis 15:1-21; Philippians 3:17-4:1 His name is Abram. Remember that, please. He is not Abraham. Not yet anyway.  To call him Abraham would mean we were getting ahead of the story, and that is not a good thing […] Read More

Nikos Kazantzakis, author of “Zorba the Greek” and other works, once wrote about a time when he came upon a cocoon resting in an olive tree. The infant butterfly was just starting to break through. The young Kazantzakis moved ever so close and breathed on it. The warmth of his breath caused the butterfly to […] Read More

Patience

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on May 27, 2012. Pentecost Sunday Psalm 104:31-35; Romans 8:22-27 I have a theory. Is it all right if I run it by you? My theory is this… that the more stuff we have, the more impatient we become. O-k-a-y. That’s […] Read More

Judgment Pending

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on April 10, 2011. Luke 13:1-8 Morning Prayer: We bow before you today, our Father, knowing that none of our sins are secrets before you.  We pray knowing that the deceptions we have used to convince our neighbors, the deceptions we have used […] Read More