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The Power of Love

A worldwide audience listened last weekend to a sermon about the power of love at the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and U.S. actress Meghan Markle. Delivered by Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, the sermon has received a global reception as a message the world needed to hear. Building upon a quote from Martin Luther King […] Read More

I have recently started re-reading Leviticus. You enter into a strange world, an alien culture of sacrifice. ¨It is hard not only getting your head around the ritual, but also trying to understand how any of this could be relevant to anyone in our culture. After spending a few days in chapters one to seven, […] Read More

The Deepest Level of Love

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. February 2, 2014 John 15:9-17 Communion Devotion This morning, our attention is drawn to the table which is before us. In a few moments, we’ll take the bread and cup, which symbolize the death of Jesus on the cross. The most important thing for […] Read More

Fear or Faithfulness?

A sermon delivered by Kathy Pickett, Pastor of Congregational Life, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo., on November 11, 2012. Mark 12: 38-44 Several years ago my husband and I were gathered with family and we were discussing stewardship. The discussion grew into a bit of a debate which is not uncommon for our group. […] Read More

Editor’s note: Columnist Jim Evans says, “I often get requests for repeats of columns I have written in the past. None is more requested than this one.” One Sunday morning in my first pastorate, I noticed the lead usher rummaging through the collection plate during the offering. He was taking what looked like money out […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on February 26, 2012. Romans 8:14-17 Morning Prayer: O God, our Father, we enter this Lenten season with a sense of hope.  We know that you see into our hearts and we know that our desire for repentance, for commitment, for denying ourselves […] Read More

Lent is already halfway over and is anyone dragging like me? The days of self-reflection and self-discipline seem like too much at junctures like today when I’m ready to throw in the towel and just say, “What’s the point?” I haven’t been able to keep a Lenten discipline for several years now, but I’m hoping […] Read More

A Forgetful God

A sermon delivered by Howard Batson, First Baptist Church, Pastor, Amarillo, Tx., on September 25, 2011 Hebrews 10:17 Ernest Hemingway began one of his short stories entitled “The Capital of the World” with the following lines: Madrid is full of boys named Paco, which is diminutive of the name Francisco, and there is a Madrid […] Read More

Some Christians have a narrow understanding of salvation that makes it all about the afterlife (going to heaven). They think they know who has it and who doesn’t, who’s in and who’s out, and they consider the work of the church to be largely about converting others to their version of the truth of salvation. […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Keith Herron, Pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo., on March 21, 2010. John 12:1-8 March 21, 2010 Nancy Angier once described our sense of smell as, the second-sexiest organ of the body. What’s amazing about the nose is that it’s linked so strongly to memory. She added, Nothing can […] Read More