2016

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“Confidence Renewed”

by judy

Matthew 11:1-11 What are we to make of the preacher in jail? Baptist preachers have often gone to jail for freedom, for religious liberty, for conscience sakes, for civil rights. From Thomas Helwys in 1611 to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1960, jail and baptist preachers have been connected. John the Baptist is in […]

“Advent Regime Change” – Sermon Dec. 4, 2016

by judy

Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-11 Malcolm Gladwell has a book called Outliers. Success, he says, is more a product of circumstances, even luck. But in the Bible there’s a different sense of time: God’s time. Gladwell deals with CHRONOS – chronological time. God deals in KAIROS – the opportune time, the exact right time. Advent […]

“Long Live the Poets”

by judy

Luke 1:68-79, Colossians 1:11-20   “EMILY: “Does anyone ever realize life while they live it…every, every minute?” STAGE MANAGER: “No. Saints and poets maybe…they do some.” ― Thornton Wilder, Our Town God’s poet in residence – Gabriel the angel – once came to a religious man named Zechariah and told him a remarkable truth and […]

Rod’s E-Pistle

by judy

Esau the Evangelical Starting at the end of the biblical account of Esau and moving backward, we read the condemnation of the writer of Hebrews on poor Esau: “See to it that no one becomes like Esau, an immoral and godless person, who sold his birthright for a single meal” (Hebrews 12:16). Remember Esau, the […]

Apocalypse Now?

by judy

Luke 21:5-19; Isaiah 65:17-25 Earthquakes, famines, plagues, dreadful portents, great signs from heaven: sounds like themes from Hollywood. When we can’t tell the difference between a Hollywood movie or the preaching of end-time reverends, you should know we have a problem. I offer you a lesson in biblical reality and a different kind of reading […]

“Blessings We May or May Not Want”

by judy

Sermon: “Blessings We May or May Not Want” Ephesians 1:11-23, Luke 6:20-31 Let’s talk politics! After all, Tuesday is Election Day and everybody’s talking politics. I view politics like a sport. I pull for one team and when the election is over, there’s a winner and a loser. Now, that the Cubs have won the […]

Some 10% Options for Your 2017 Pledge

by judy

By Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy Stewardship time again? Yes, that’s right. We once again have the marvelous privilege of making a commitment to support our church for a new year. I am asking you to join me in a 10% commitment to our 2017 budget. Our dream is that we will be able to enlarge our […]

Smart Phones, Smart TV, and Smart Christianity

by judy

I am delighted to serve as interim pastor of First Baptist Church of Peoria. I want you to know that I have a passionate commitment to the church and the nature of the church in our secular culture. It begins with my commitment to a faith that honors the power of the mind. I confess […]

“Are We Biblically Crazy?” I Timothy 1:18-2:15

by judy

History, we think, is a passive subject. We read history and think that’s all there is to the discipline, but history is alive and happening here and now. We are not mere readers of a dead history because as Faulkner said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” We are history makers. Do […]

World Mission Offering 2016

by judy

Celebrate New Life in Christ “on Earth as in Heaven” (Matt. 6:10) Long before President Obama set foot in Cuba in March 2016, American Baptist International Ministries (IM) was sowing seeds of love, hope and encouragement in Cuba’s Baptist churches.   IM’s presence in Cuba dates back to 1898, and IM’s first in-country, post-revolutionary ministry dates […]