March 2017

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“The Light of the World”

by judy

John 9:1-41 One day, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” Everything else pales in comparison to this astounding claim. In a world artificially lighted, we might miss the significance of Jesus’ claim, but Jesus is not offering to light the parking lot in shopping malls. He is offering to flood the darkness […]

Religious Liberty and American Christianity

by judy

Part of my Lenten Discipline this year is to speak for religious liberty and the separation of Church and State. Using all media at my disposal, I am speaking as often as possible to defend the sacred Baptist principle of religious liberty. One of the insidious threats to religious liberty, ironically, is that the more […]

Building Bridges Instead of Walls

by judy

The Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, recently preached a sermon in favor of building a wall between Mexico and the United States. Setting aside the politics of walls, let’s consider the biblical and theological implications. I believe that the proper order is for Christians to search the Bible and then […]

“Water from Rock” March 19, 2017

by judy

Exodus 17:1-7, John 4:5-42  Imagine our text as a call to worship: PASTOR: “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” PEOPLE: “Why did you bring us out of Egypt to kill us?” PASTOR TO GOD: “What shall I do with this people?” PEOPLE: “Is the Lord among us or not?” […]

“Born Again?” – March 12, 2017

by judy

John 3:1-10   Nicodemus says, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher come from God: for no person can do these miracles that you are doing, except God be with him.” Nicodemus had heard of the miracles of Jesus making the lame to walk, the blind to see, the lepers clean, and even Lazarus brought […]

“One Strategy for Resistance” – March 5, 2017

by judy

Opening Remarks before sermon: On March 5, 1967 I was ordained a Baptist preacher at the Holmesville Baptist Church of Downsville, Louisiana. Today marks my 50th anniversary. Matthew 4:1-11 The season of Lent salvages us from the fog of boredom. How a people who worship a man who took on the devil shocks me. After […]

Incredulity in Peoria

by judy

From the blog of Dr. William Trollinger: Mar 7, 2017 Having spent almost a decade studying Answers in Genesis (AiG) and the Creation Museum, we sometimes forget how foreign the young earth creationist world is to a large swath of the American public. It was great to be at the First Baptist Church of Peoria […]

“The Grand Encourager” Matthew 17:1-9

by judy

Jesus is on a mountain with the A-Team – Peter, James, and John – and Moses and Elijah pop in for a briefing. Welcome to transfiguration. It baffles and humbles my mind.[i] During the week I read this story literally and wrote a sermon. Then I wrote another sermon after reading the story symbolically as […]