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A statement from a lay leader of a local congregation shocked me. “When we are pursuing being disciples of Jesus Christ, we realize we need the church less,” one man said at a church’s annual retreat I was helping lead. I hope my mouth didn’t drop open in response to his comment. The congregation had […] Read More

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. June 15, 2014 Psalm 8:1-9; Matthew 28:16-20 May I remind you of a story I have told before? Chances are, a number of you weren’t around to hear it, so it will be new to you. And if you do remember my […] Read More

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va.                June 8, 2014. Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:3-13 For those of us who are parents, we remember the birth of our children. On the morning of the day that Thea was born, Beth and I went to visit a church friend at Martha […] Read More

The United Way

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. January 26, 2014 Psalm 27:1-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 As I have mentioned before, after living on the east side of the big river for more than two decades we returned home to our native state in 1993. I had accepted the call […] Read More

Too Light a Thing

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. January 19, 2014 Isaiah 49:1-7; John 1:29-37 The late John Claypool tells a story from the early days of his pastoral ministry in Louisville, Kentucky. It was 1960, and courageously, John had involved himself in the early days of the growing civil-rights […] Read More

Thomas Friedman begins his book, “Hot, Flat and Crowded,” with a story about the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Before 9/11, the consulate was located “in the Palazzo Corpi, a grand and distinctive old building in the heart of the city’s bustling business district, jammed between the bazaars, the domed mosques and the jumble of […] Read More

Promises to Keep

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. August 25, 2013 – A Centennial Sermon – Genesis 17:1-7; Romans 4:13-21 “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him…” “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him…” […] Read More

“So, I have to” seems always to kill grace. After all, if “I have to,” then it must not be grace. Clever teenagers have been going down this route for centuries – or at least since I was a teenager. We try to work guilt into the equation. My mom used reverse guilt on me. […] Read More

The largest Pentecostal church in the world is in Seoul, South Korea, and it represents a vibrant Christianity in this country of some 50 million people. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pa., talks about the state of the Korean church in a new Skype interview with […] Read More

In my short career, I’ve come across a lot of loaded words, but the word worship has been one of the most difficult to define. Everyone is looking for a church that really worships, that really knows how to praise God. We don’t know exactly what worship is, but we are always very quick to […] Read More