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Proverbs, which speaks of the two ways and the choices that determine which of those ways we travel, offers guiding wisdom not only to individuals, but to communities. May we heed it. […] Read More

Why don’t we preach hellfire anymore? That’s a question asked frequently today by a lot of sincere religious people who worry that too many churches and too many priests and ministers have gone soft on sin and are far too generous in speaking about God’s mercy. The belief here is that more people would come […] Read More

It is something most ministers want. And it can feel impossible to find. Yet seeking pastoral wisdom is vital for the work of the church and for leading people of faith. Becoming pastorally wise is what I call a “big squishy goal,” or as one of my students put it, “a big scary goal.” She’s […] Read More

Education is more than information. The late Jean Hendricks, a wise dean in one of Mercer University’s academic units, reminded our teaching team of this frequently. She meant, of course, that while information is essential for living as an informed participant in community, how we think and act based on that information is essential as […] Read More

Those of us who tend to see parallels between features of the biblical testimony and contemporary life are having a heyday as we sit in the front row with the national drama of the U.S. on center stage. Those who offer challenges to the drama’s plot and characters speak with powerful and eloquent voices, while […] Read More

An enduring symbol of medical practice is the physicians’ caduceus – it’s a winged staff, with two serpents twined around it. Robertson Davies reminded me that the Greek myth of Hermes is this symbol’s origin. Davies explained in his book, “The Merry Heart,” that Hermes came upon two warring snakes “who writhed and fought upon […] Read More

Woodworking guru Norm Abram of The New Yankee Workshop popularized an old English proverb: “Measure twice, cut once.” Anyone who has even dabbled in woodworking or carpentry knows the wisdom of that saying. Remember the poor fellow who said, “I’ve cut this board off three times, and it’s still too short.” This piece of wisdom […] Read More

Robert Fulghum leapt upon the national scene with his wildly popular collection of our generation’s wisdom literature, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things.” Fulghum’s gift has been to drink in the world as it comes to us, analyzing day-to-day observances and events to help us see […] Read More

God’s Own Fool

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. February 2, 2014. 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Several years back, columnist Dave Barry listed “Sixteen Things That It Took Me over Fifty Years to Learn.”   Let me give you the “Top Ten” of his list:  10.       Take out the fortune before you eat the cookie. […] Read More

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar October 20, 2013 1 Kings 4:29-34, 11:9-10; Luke 10:21-24 Solomon was not like his father David in many respects. Let us count the ways… David was a warrior. From the slaying of Goliath, when he was still but a boy, to the […] Read More