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Freedom

Two sets of ‘boundary’ symbols paint clashing portraits of our nation’s character. One denotes liberty and responsibility; the other is protectionist and inhospitable. Which will you heed? […] Read More

“The Star-Spangled Banner” has been sung and played often in the past few days, including at many churches. Another song, often called the “Black National Anthem,” calls us to join hands and work together. […] Read More

The state and federal governments of Australia all agreed on new “security” measures to address what they call terrorist threats. These measures, adopted a few weeks ago, sit in a long line of actions taken since September 2001, which have actually undermined the very freedoms they claim to defend. In reality, terror has undermined our […] Read More

The Fourth of July is almost here! This midsummer holiday offers an opportunity for families and friends to gather and celebrate the freedoms of our nation. Food, fireworks and patriotic music draw us together for a day and night of fun. The Fourth of July is also an opportunity to remember. We must remember and […] Read More

I observed our congregation’s students standing attentively as they enthusiastically declared, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America” during Vacation Bible School. We often recite these words in classrooms and at civic gatherings. When we pronounce the pledge, is it merely an obligatory ritual or do we listen attentively to […] Read More

Invitation to Rest

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. July 6, 2014. Matthew 11:16-30 We are now in the heart of summer, and many of us are looking forward to taking our vacations.  In the United States, the average number of vacation days per year is 13 days.  In Korea and Japan, it […] 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

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. Leviticus 25:8-17 June 30, 2013 Do you know what is inscribed on the Liberty Bell? Perhaps you have been to Philadelphia and have seen one of our country’s most prominent symbols of freedom. This historic bell, which was commissioned from the London firm of […] Read More

Freedom in Grace

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., on June 30, 2013. Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Freedom.  Freedom is a word that is almost synonymous with America.  We Americans love freedom, especially during this time of the year so close to Independence Day.  Something deep within us resonates when we hear the word […] Read More

On the Fourth of July, we remember the birth of our nation and we need to reflect on the reasons our Founding Fathers broke with England and declared independence. The issues that led up to the break were many and they developed over time. For some, it was “taxation without representation.” For others, it was […] Read More