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Although many conservative white evangelicals decry social justice, using terms like “social justice warrior” as a pejorative, it’s impossible to separate it from the Kingdom of God. Let’s explore what the Bible means by justice. […] Read More

As we begin a new liturgical year, asylum-seekers are met at our southern border by soldiers and tear gas. If every congregation would commit to taking one family, the righteous work of hospitality could be done. […] Read More

During my formative years, sin was pretty easy to identify if not avoid. Sin was playing poker, drinking beer, missing a church service (without going to another on vacation and bringing a bulletin for proof), holding baseball practice on Wednesday night, lusting over Raquel Welch and a few other “don’ts” and a “do” or two. […] Read More

There is little about the fourth Beatitude – “Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for righteousness” – that we get right. Let’s start with our concept of “righteousness.” We have made it a general term for “sinlessness” – “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). This is the verse I was told […] Read More

Joseph gets the short shrift this time of year it seems to me. In our crèches, Mary sits close to the baby at the center of the scene, and Joseph often is standing behind and to the side looking on as a spectator. In Luke, Mary does get most of the attention. But in Matthew’s […] Read More

Ghandi famously said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” His words were both a compliment to Jesus and a recognition that our relationship to Jesus has been faulty, at best. The disparity between Jesus’ teachings and our lives raises the question: If we truly […] Read More

The word “righteous” is out of fashion, conjuring up images of humorless people out of touch with this world who call their misery joy. It’s an unfair caricature. If one were to ask an ordinary member of any church what does it mean to be righteous, their answer likely would include ideas of being blameless, […] Read More

The principle of the common good is prominent in Catholic social teaching and applicable to a wide range of social and ethical issues but is not often articulated in Baptist ethical thought and praxis. The notion of the common good appears to have originated in classical Greek thought. It was a transcultural idea and it […] Read More

Righteousness is a word often used but rarely defined. It can refer to proper conduct—acting appropriately in a given situation—and it can denote good character—being the kind of person one ought to be. I would define it as the proper ordering of one’s life. Whichever definition you use, why would someone be persecuted for righteousness, […] Read More

Remember Your Baptism

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. January 12, 2014 Matthew 3:13-17 Today, we join Christians around the world who are remembering the baptism of Jesus. The first three gospel writers tell us about this event with varying details. Mark, the earliest gospel writer, sets up the baptism by introducing his […] Read More