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Salvation

This week Christians around the world will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection is viewed by Christian believers just about everywhere as the foundation of Christianity. They assert that by raising Jesus from the dead God has defeated death and secured for all who have faith the gift of eternal life. Unfortunately, that’s where […] Read More

Did they get it right? Did those in the crowd who gathered to see this hick from out-of-the-way Nazareth give the correct answer to the urban and urbane Jerusalemites wanting to know who the center of all the attention was. The one whose entry into Jerusalem was causing the whole city to tremble like an […] Read More

Lost

A sermon delivered by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, Nc., on September 12, 2010. Luke 15:1-10 Almost six years ago, a now-famous television series entitled Lost debuted on national television.  The series focused on 71 passengers who survived a plane crash over the South Pacific and swam to a nearby tropical island.  For […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on August 22, 2010. Acts 16:25-34       Morning Prayer: We thank you, Father, for this world and the many places that we see your presence.  We thank you for eyes of faith that allow us to see your handiwork in all […] Read More

The Hebrew heroine story of Ruth and Naomi makes us question our assumptions that the Bible was written solely by men. I suspect we’ve grown up thinking that all the writers of Scripture were men. Perhaps it was never said outright, but I think we’ve bought into the idea that it was so. The reason […] Read More

For many Christians, the role of faith and works has always been difficult to grasp. Many read and think they comprehend Paul’s statement, “It is by grace through faith that you are saved not by works.” (Ephesians 2:8)   Then they encounter James’ assertion, “Faith without works is dead,” (James 2:20), and they’re a bit […] Read More

They both grew up in the South, and for much of their lives both have been Southern Baptists. Both have studied the Bible extensively, yet both preach a gospel which is foreign to today’s Southern Baptist leaders. One is well known within Baptist academic circles, the other is one of the most recognizable world figures […] Read More

How did you become a Christian? How do you describe your conversion story? How can you better help others understand the decision to become a follower of Christ? There are different kinds of conversion experiences throughout the Bible, especially in the book of Acts, just as there are different experiences of conversion within each congregation […] Read More

Now that the rush of excitement surrounding The Passion of the Christ is over, it is time to step into the space it has provided for dialogue about the meaning of the life of Jesus. I believe the most profound question facing the church is whether the life and death of Jesus have had any […] Read More

Last spring I taught a course on the book of Psalms and the Israelite Wisdom Literature. One aspect of these texts that receives too little attention is the significance of creation traditions within them. Psalms 8, 19, 73, and 104 are among the many psalms which have an understanding of God’s relationship to the physical […] Read More