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In this Lenten season, as humanity faces a global pandemic, we are witnessing a timeless human paradigm of response to crisis, moving from self-centered ‘I’ thinking and believing to a more community-centered ‘we’ perspective. […] Read More

Self-centeredness and selfishness are driving forces behind many societal problems. They are manifested in efforts to maximize individual rights and freedom without sufficient consideration of how these actions impact others. How we express our views and opinions would improve if we considered the common good, for example. As I wrote previously, “The First Amendment asserts […] Read More

Have you ever heard of a “selfie stick?” This past Christmas I was surprised with the gift of one, and a favorite one at that. For the uninformed, a “selfie” is a rather new word that refers to taking a self-portrait, usually with one’s phone. Some take pictures of themselves by standing in front of […] Read More

Seeing is Believing

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. March 30, 2014 John 9:1-41 Our attention is drawn this morning to an encounter Jesus had with a blind man. While we know little about this man, we are told he had been blind since birth and was a beggar, a fate common to […] Read More

A new study reveals a specific link between luxury goods and selfishness. Two experiments showed that “exposure to luxury led people to think more about themselves than others,” according to a Harvard Business School paper. Roy Y. J. Chua and Xi Zou conducted two experiments in which one group of participants was exposed to pictures […] Read More

The Happiness Trap

Sermon delivered by Joel Snider, pastor of First Baptist Church in Rome, Ga., on September 20, 2009. 2 Samuel 13:7-20   Meditation Text:        Half of the world is on the wrong scent in the pursuit of happiness. They think        it consists in having and getting, and in being served by others.  It consists […] Read More