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Author Bob Browning

What does comprehensive immigration reform look like? I don’t know, but I know what it does not look like. What if we treated every desperate person at our borders who was at the end of their rope as if they were a part of our family? How would this influence our decisions? This is what […] Read More

Did Jesus pay taxes? In all likelihood, he did. The Roman tax system made it virtually impossible for anyone to avoid paying taxes. If you raised crops, produced oil or wine from your vineyard, traveled on roads and over bridges, imported or exported goods, docked at a harbor or received an income from an employer […] Read More

I grew up in a church that recognized people for perfect attendance in Sunday school. As a new Sunday school year began, everyone who had not missed a Sunday the previous year was recognized and given a pin to wear on their clothing. Each Sunday I would see people in the halls wearing their perfect […] Read More

I hear people refer to finding their voice occasionally. So how does a person find his or her voice? How do you know when you have something to say others need to hear? Perhaps Simon Peter, the leader of Jesus’ disciples, can help us answer these questions. The Synoptic gospels describe a retreat Jesus invited […] Read More

Last Man Standing

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. August 3, 2014 Communion Devotion Mark 14:17-31 This morning, our attention is drawn to a scene in the Upper Room the night before Jesus was crucified. Jesus gathered with the disciples in Jerusalem to commemorate the Israelites’ release from bondage in Egypt by eating […] Read More

All in the Family

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. July 27, 2014 Genesis 29:15-28 This morning our attention is drawn to one of the most intriguing characters in the Bible. His name was Jacob, the third patriarch of Israel. His grandfather father was Abraham, and his father was Isaac. Jacob, in turn, had […] Read More

Heart Surgery

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. July 20, 2014 Psalm 139:1-12; 23-24 Our attention this morning is drawn to a passage which is difficult to classify. Is it a prayer, a poem or a song? The ancient Jews would probably tell us it was all of these, which they used […] Read More

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. June 22, 2014 Romans 6:1b-11 Our attention today is focused on a challenge from the Apostle Paul. We’ll find it in his letter to the Romans. Paul dictated this letter to a scribe while visiting Corinth or possibly in Philippi on his third missionary […] Read More

An almost 40-year-old church newsletter provided the tipping point in a long, agonizing, decision-making process. Soon after I arrived at a former pastorate, I became engaged in an ongoing discussion about the need for a new sanctuary. I listened carefully to the reasons for and against this proposal. After a couple of years and several […] Read More

Investment Strategy

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. June 15, 2014 Matthew 28:16-20 This morning our attention is focused upon the final words of Matthew’s gospel. Jesus spoke these words to his disciples somewhere on a mountain in Galilee. If you grew up in the Baptist tradition, you know this passage as […] Read More