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Like a wind powering a sailboat on the ocean, the Holy Spirit steers us toward a lifestyle of service and simplicity, keeps us grounded in grace and helps us navigate the diminishing and emerging expressions of church. […] Read More

We have a clear understanding about God and Jesus, but the Holy Spirit has often been the third wheel of the Trinity. I’ve been inspired by a new way to think about the Trinity, which puts more responsibility on us as believers. […] Read More

Baptists – and other ecclesial kin – have been a bit suspicious of the Spirit. In a conference in a church in Missouri a few years ago, I asked persons to write down their questions about the Holy Spirit. One honest soul wrote, “Can the Holy Spirit make you do weird things?” It depends upon […] Read More

I attended church last weekend (Pentecost Sunday) with a dear friend, and she inquired about how widespread the practice of following the Christian calendar is among Baptists. Well, as you know, there are quite a few varieties of Baptist; however, I do think it is fair to say that there is growing interest in planning […] Read More

Symphonic Spirit

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. Pentecost Sunday I Corinthians 12:3b-13 June 8, 2014 Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, John 20:19-23 It is 50 days past the Jewish holiday Passover and Jerusalem is once again full of visitors from all over the world. It’s “the 50-day festival” known as […] Read More

A sermon by Jim Somerville, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. June 8, 2014 The Day of Pentecost Acts 2:1-21   In a way, the story of Pentecost is a ghost story.  It’s about the coming of the one the King James Version refers to as the “Holy Ghost.”  And although it isn’t a scary story, […] Read More

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. June 8, 2014 Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12: 4-13 “If you can do it by yourself, it won’t be very big!” I still the remember the place and time my friend said that to me many years ago. In some ways it was my […] 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 Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va.                June 8, 2014. Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:3-13 For those of us who are parents, we remember the birth of our children. On the morning of the day that Thea was born, Beth and I went to visit a church friend at Martha […] Read More

Churches across the world recently celebrated Pentecost, affirming God’s salvation and call “upon all flesh,” a calling whereby “your sons and your daughters shall prophesy … even upon my slaves, both men and women” (see Acts 2:17,18). For me, Pentecost was profoundly significant because 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Addie […] Read More