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Those who rule over others – or assume they do – face a great temptation to build themselves up. If you’re in a position of authority and power, you’re responsible for others. Take a lesson from a cartoon turtle. […] Read More

When people are so focused on their own desires or needs to the point they can imagine nothing else, they will invariably worship the one who claims to be able to assuage their hunger, opening a door to exploitation and oppression. […] Read More

Power dynamics exist throughout society, even within our churches. How do you use the power you have? How do you assess the character and fitness of those holding positions of power in society? Esther has some answers for us. […] Read More

The seductive lure of power destabilizes character and undermines previously solid moral principles. Yet, despite Jesus’ warning, many U.S. evangelicals find it’s a siren call they can’t resist. […] Read More

It is becoming a widespread observation that we are surrounded by at least two very different versions of who we are, where we have been and where we are going as a society and a nation. We can look and listen for a while, then change news channels, tune in to the other side of […] Read More

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. March 9, 2014. Matthew 4:1-11 Whew!  What an amazing couple of Sundays we’ve had!  We dedicated eight babies and children, ordained Joseph Johnson, welcomed the Watsons into membership, had the youth group lead worship, baptized three youth, heard how God is working in Mattie […] Read More

Recent waves of investigations and indictments of people in high places on global, national and even local scales remind us of Lord Acton’s phrasing of the ancient concept – “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Responding specifically to the rule of despots in his own time, Acton’s expression echoes the thought of ancient philosophers […] Read More

The Lord Needs It

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. Isaiah 50:4-9a; Luke 19:28-40 The prophets always had an uneasy relationship with the city of Jerusalem. It was David’s city, the crown jewel of the people of God, the home of the temple and the place where faithful pilgrims traveled to participate […] Read More

Strategy planning is not what it used to be. There was a time when governments, businesses and even churches planned for the future as if what happened next would be a natural consequence of what had gone before. Of course, this kind of linear thinking no longer applies. Instead of assuming that the future will […] Read More

Power Principles

A sermon delivered by Wendell Griffen, Pastor, New Millennium Church, Little Rock, Ark., on November 11, 2012. Psalm 146 1Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. 3Do not put your trust in princes, […] Read More