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God in Empty Places

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. August 10, 2014 Genesis 37:1-11 The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Psalms 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Matt. 14:22-33; Romans 10:5-15 It would not be unusual for anyone to ask, “Why are we spending the summer exploring these ancient stories? What could these old geezers possibly […] Read More

A Person of Love

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. December 22, 2013. Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 7:10-16 Here we are on the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, just three days away from Christmas.  Throughout this Advent season, we’ve followed the lectionary texts from the Old Testament book of Isaiah as we journeyed with […] Read More

Love Never Fails

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. December 22, 2013 Matthew 1:18-25 I wonder how long it took Joseph to go to sleep that night. After all, it is hard to sleep when you are wrestling with a big decision, which Joseph certainly was. The way Matthew tells the story, Mary […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on December 18, 2011. Fourth Sunday in Advent Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Luke 1:26-38 I can hardly read a passage of scripture twice, even a familiar one, without finding something new and different in it. Is that the way it is with […] Read More

Sibling Rivalry

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on August 7, 2011. Genesis 37:1-28; Romans 10:11-15 How many of your high school reunions have you attended? I’ve only done it once… my tenth. The class held another reunion a decade later, but I we were living in Georgia and wasn’t […] Read More

God in the Empty Places

A sermon delivered by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo., on August 7, 2011. Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost If the stories of the Patriarchs and the Matriarchs (that is, the mothers and fathers of Jewish faith) were turned into a reality series, today would mark the beginning of […] Read More

Signs and Dreams

A sermon delivered by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, Nc., on December 19, 2010. Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:18-25 Signs and dreams.  They’ve always been staples of Christmas.  And I suppose they always will.  Because of the advertising industry, the first signs of Christmas we see are the yuletide television commercials that appear earlier […] Read More

What Love Does

A sermon delivered by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City Mo., on December 19, 2010. Matthew 1:18-25 Kurt Vonnegut said once, “People don’t come to church for preachments, … (they come) to daydream about God.” Today our dreams have shifted to the Promised One who entered the world the same way every other […] Read More

The notion of holiness as perfection is not a helpful understanding of holiness.   In our journey in following Jesus, simply “not behaving badly” is a misunderstanding of the mission of God. We often point to a verse in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount for a definition of holiness: “be perfect as your heavenly father […] Read More

Kurt Vonnegut said once, “People don’t come to church for preachments, … (they come) to daydream about God.”    In the season of Advent, our dreams shift to the Promised One who entered the world the same way every other human enters, by being birthed by a life-giving mother and arriving wet and wide-eyed, voicing a full-throated […] Read More