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The continuing disclosures, thanks to Edward Snowden, of the global extent of American spying programs are faintly humorous. One would love to know, for instance, what possible benefits American governments have gained from 10 years of listening in to Angela Merkel’s phone calls and how it has served the public interest (which, after all, is […] Read More

On the Fourth of July, we remember the birth of our nation and we need to reflect on the reasons our Founding Fathers broke with England and declared independence. The issues that led up to the break were many and they developed over time. For some, it was “taxation without representation.” For others, it was […] Read More

Precious Gifts

A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston Salem, N.C. December 23 2012  Micah 5:2-5a; Philippians 4:4-7 Mother Teresa tells the story of being chastised by a fellow nun once as she ministered to people in Bangalore, India.   “Mother Teresa,” scolded the nun, “You are spoiling the poor people by giving them things […] Read More

The Restorer of Life

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on November 11, 2012. Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Hebrews 9:24-28 Halavie Dale was my English teacher my senior year of high school. She was an engaging person who could be charming one moment and a complete irritant the next. In other words, […] Read More

A sermon delivered by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, Nc., on May 22, 2011. First Meditation Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:1-10 Recently I heard a retreat speaker named Robert Mulholland say something that stopped me in my tracks.  He said the fundamental question for every Christian is this:  “Who is in control […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation’s leading Catholic bishop said the U.S. has failed to help Iraqis develop the means and political will to protect its citizens, particularly Christians, dozens of whom have been wounded and killed in recent weeks. “Having invaded Iraq, our nation has a moral obligation not to abandon those Iraqis who cannot defend […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Leaders of three Sikh organizations say they’ve been told by federal transportation officials that turbans will always be searched at U.S. airports, a move that Sikh officials called unnecessary and unfair. Representatives of the Sikh Coalition, United Sikhs and the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) said the Transportation Security Administration […] Read More

(BWA) – As many as 1,000 people who had registered for the Baptist World Alliance’s Congress this year were unable to attend because they were denied visas by the United States, leaders of the global Baptist organization said.   Security-conscious Americans are increasingly prohibiting entry to foreign nationals attending religious conferences and that is making […] Read More

O say, Can You See?

Sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, pastor of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, A.R., on October 25 2009.           Job 42:1-6; Mark 10-46-52               Jesus asks the same question of blind Bartimaeus that he had just asked James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Did you notice? If you were here last […] Read More