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When It’s Time to Allow Your Faith Traditions to Evolve

Learning and respecting the traditions of your faith are good things, but at what point is it time for the tradition – or at the least the parts of the tradition you use – to change and evolve? […] Read More

Is the New Testament More Important Than the Old?

Imagine that you and a friend decide to go see a movie, but you misread the schedule and arrive an hour into the film. Would you still go in and watch the last half of the movie? Of course not. No one jumps into the middle of a movie and expects to understand what is […] Read More

Far From the Peaceful Shore

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. August 10, 2014 Psalm 85:8-13; Matthew 14:22-33 Let’s talk about something that has happened to just about every one of us, a common experience to which we all should be able to relate. You may take the same route to work or […] Read More

When Scripture Comes Alive

A sermon delivered by Wendell Griffen, Pastor, New Millennium Church, Little Rock, Ark., on January 27, 2013. Psalm 19 1The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 2Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. 3There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is […] Read More

Short Pieces of String

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on January 27, 2013. Psalm 19:1-14; Luke 4:14-21 The publisher Henry Luce bought Life magazine in 1936. Prior to that, it was a humor and general interest periodical. Luce purchased it solely for the purpose of acquiring the name, and turned […] Read More

A Lesson From a Journey with the Magi

The Judeo-Christian Scriptures invite us into the human struggle for truth. They reflect the journeys and struggles of faith communities. Therefore, we should expect to find in our Scriptures contradictions, paradoxes, conflicts and inconsistencies. When we struggle with the sacred text, we struggle with God, and that provides us with an opportunity to grow up, […] Read More

Disregarding the Bible’s Full Context Carries Risks

Colin Harris, professor of religion at Mercer University, sent me a very helpful and encouraging email following my previous column on the subject of the narrative structure of the Bible versus the non-narrative nature of the Quran. With Colin’s permission, I quote from his email: “Students sometimes discover that how people can use the Bible […] Read More

How End-Of-World Prediction Erred “ Literally

Harold Camping, the California preacher who predicted the world would begin coming to an end May 21, 2011, has offered a five-month reprieve. Now, the world will come to an end Oct. 21, 2011.    Camping’s original prediction fell flat; he predicted earthquakes for May 21 beginning at 6 p.m., culminating with the obliteration of the […] Read More

When the Going Gets Tough

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on October 17, 2010.                             Psalm 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:14-4: An article in the latest issue of The Christian Century is entitled “No Shows.” It seems that, since 2001, there has been more than just an economic recession; there is a recession […] Read More

Putting Old-Testament Passages into Proper Context

I read a tough passage from Psalms recently, at least for those of us who believe that faith calls us to nonviolence, love, reconciliation and unity. Let the high praises of God be in their throatsand two-edged swords in their hands,to execute vengeance on the nationsand punishment on the peoples,to bind their kings with fettersand […] Read More