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Biblical peace promotes divine justice in an attempt to bring wholeness and egalitarianism to broken systems. Even Jesus, who pursued peace for those abandoned by the elite, acknowledged he came not to bring peace, but a sword. […] Read More

With the Advent wreath in storage and the Christmas tree recycled, Epiphany Sunday urges us to abandon the old road of fear, suspicion and exclusion. If our celebrations are more than ritual, we must find another road. […] Read More

Disputes litter our lives. People backbite; politicians gaslight. Rather than hear the ugly truth, we pick up stones. In a world offering illusions at half price and selling wholesale deceptions, we must call for peace. […] Read More

On the second Sunday of Advent, we are reminded – as followers of the Prince of Peace – that to speak in favor of peace always demands finding a dissenting voice in a hostile world. […] Read More

Sermon development during Advent can be difficult for most preachers, especially on the topic of peace. A proclamation for peace from the pulpits can be detrimental to the preacher’s standing. […] Read More

We live in a fearful society. I remember going to school after the 1999 Columbine massacre and meeting in the auditorium to learn about our now necessary lock-down procedures. The fear of going to school and dying there became very real. I also remember a time before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was an era […] Read More

One hundred years ago, on June 28, two shots killed Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife. It happened in Sarajevo and it marked the beginning of World War I, the Great War, the Terrible War, as it should be more correctly remembered. More than 10 million died and an unjust […] Read More

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. June 8, 2014 Pentecost Sunday Psalm 104:24-34; John 20:19-23 There is a tiny island off the western coast of Scotland, nestled in a region known as the Outer Hebrides, that is called Iona. It is only about a mile wide and perhaps […] Read More

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. May 25, 2014 John 14:1-7 Some of my most meaningful conversations are with people who are dying. When your days on earth are drawing to a close, you don’t waste words, which is why most of the dialogue is focused and serious. This appears […] Read More

From Fear to Faith

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. April 27, 2014 John 20:19-23 To say the least, this was no ordinary day for the disciples. It began with news about an empty tomb, and it ended with the disciples gathered in a house somewhere around Jerusalem to discuss it. Earlier in the […] Read More