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People from all religious backgrounds blame their religious upbringing for the struggles they have with self-hatred and guilt. Such struggles can’t be blamed solely on religion. Moreover, that struggle is not always unhealthy. […] Read More

The typical reading of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well in John 4:5-30 is faulty. This interpretation presents her as a “loose” woman, a serial divorcee (five times!) who is currently shacking up with a man in an illicit unmarried relationship. Because of her well-deserved reputation for immorality, she is shunned by all […] Read More

In her work on the surprising power of vulnerability, Brene Brown identified shame as a primary source of our resistance to the risk of wholehearted openness, the kind of emotional and spiritual openness, which can bring us deeper joy and energize greater effectiveness. Often, shame grows from wounds to our sense of self that others […] Read More

A worldview that dominates Middle Eastern societies is one of honor and shame. All interactions and conversations either honor a person or shame them in the way they are addressed and treated socially. One’s standing in the community may be one of honor or shame based on their position, wealth and influence, and whether they […] Read More

A sermon by Howard Batson, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx. Philippians 1:20 October 13, 2013 Last week, we concluded a sermon series from the Old Testament book of Proverbs.  And today we begin a sermon series from a New Testament book, the book of Philippians.  Philippians is a letter.  It’s not a Gospel.  If it […] Read More

Bringing God Home

Sermon delivered by Keith Herron, pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., on July 12, 2009. II Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 There’s a less-than-subtle mixing of King David’s public and private life in this text. On the surface, it’s one of the cutest tales in the Bible if you can animate the story in your imagination. […] Read More