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David Hughes

David Hughes is the executive director of the Transforming Center in Wheaton, Illinois. He served previously for 22 years as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. David’s articles that have appeared on EthicsDaily.com are available here. 1. Where did you grow up? Danville, Kentucky. 2. What is your favorite verse, book […] Read More

God’s Story

A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. August 25, 2013 Matthew 6:25, 33-34; 22:34-40; Ephesians 3:16-21 In case anybody here besides me is just a little bit tense, let me share this bit of comforting information….In preparing me for this all important first sermon, your Search Committee (bless their nervous hearts) […] Read More

Our Story

A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. August 18, 2013 Psalm 105:1-17; Philippians 1:3-6, 9-11 Yesterday Joani and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary. And when Randall Lolley, a former pastor of this church, called last week to congratulate me on my retirement, I reminded him that he tied a pretty […] Read More

My Story

A sermon by David Hughes, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. August 11, 2013 Romans 8:28-29; 12:1-12; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 How do you conclude 22+ years of ministry in a pulpit? Believe me when I say I have wrestled mightily with that question the past few days! For several years now I have followed the lectionary […] Read More

A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. August 4, 2013 Colossians 3:1-11 When God created Adam and Eve, he created them naked (or “nekkid”), and I might add, unashamed. But as we all know, that state of blissful innocence didn’t last long. After Adam and Eve sinned, triggering the fall of […] Read More

A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. July 21, 2013 Colossians 1:15-28 While growing up in Kentucky I remember the mixture of pride and embarrassment I felt in the 1960s when that brash boxing sensation from Louisville named Cassius Clay (aka Mohammed Ali) bragged to Howard Cosell or anybody who would […] Read More

Rooted in Community

A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. July 7, 2013 Galatians 6:1-16 We’re celebrating our country this week, and there is so much to be grateful for in these United States. With all our imperfections, we Americans are still a beacon for freedom and democracy that other countries strive to emulate. […] Read More

Unified in Christ

A sermon by David Hughes, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. June 23, 2013 Galatians 3:23-29 If you know anything about the adventures of The Lone Ranger, you’ll appreciate the following story. One day the Lone Ranger and his faithful redskin companion, Tonto, were riding through a deep canyon when suddenly they noticed both sides of […] Read More

Sustained by Faith

A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. June 16, 2013 Galatians 2:15-21 Whenever I get discouraged by my own spiritual transformation, or lack thereof, I remember that not even the big boys of scripture were immune from backsliding. Take the Apostle Peter and the Apostle Paul’s frequent colleague in ministry, Barnabas. […] Read More

Grounded in Grace

A sermon by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. June 9, 2013 Galatians 1:1-12 If you’ve ever been around anybody giving birth to a baby—or even watched movie scenes of women in a delivery room—you know it can be a highly charged, emotional experience. And women who choose to give birth naturally, with […] Read More