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Learning and respecting the traditions of your faith are good things, but at what point is it time for the tradition – or at the least the parts of the tradition you use – to change and evolve? […] Read More

When it comes to observing Mother’s Day at church, traditions vary around the country. Factors influencing a congregation’s contextual practice include geographic location, denominational heritage, liturgical preference and congregational precedent. In my first pastorate, I inherited that southern tradition I call “the Mother’s Day Flower Awards.” This tradition, which occurred during the morning worship service, […] Read More

News reports on the new book by Pope Benedict XVI on the infancy narratives of Jesus observe that he “debunks” some of the traditions associated with the nativity stories, such as animals in the stable and angels singing to the baby Jesus. It is easy to understand how a nativity scene can be elaborated beyond […] Read More


Sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, pastor of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, A.R., on July 19 2009. Jeremiah 23:1-6; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 They didn’t even have the opportunity to eat, they were so busy with the demands of the people. Jesus and his disciples are at the highest peak of their popularity, and because of it […] Read More

What will the church look like in 50 years?   We all know that something is afoot and have seen the decline in membership in many churches. Many know people that have never, and never plan, to go to a church. The political and social influence upon society that churches once had is diminishing. Everyone […] Read More

Once while serving in a church with a retired Army colonel and his native Korean wife, a conversation about the basics of the Christian faith led me to ask her, “Do you have any questions about our celebration of Easter?” She replied, “I get most of it, but what I don’t understand is, what is […] Read More