Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C. Reading for the Fourth Sunday of Easter: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done
(Laguna Beach, CA) — People from all over the United States joined together in New Orleans June 11 – 13, at the Southern Baptist Convention to protest the anti-gay teachings of Southern Baptists and spread a message of hope that hearts and minds can change
In the climactic scene in the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Indiana Jones and his girlfriend are tied to a pole to watch as the Nazis open the ancient Ark of the Covenant. This holy symbol of Israel’s religion has been captured and is
For gays and lesbians it’s an all too familiar scenario: upon revealing their sexual orientation to their family, they are unceremoniously shown the door – kicked out of their homes and disowned. Ironically, it’s the same fate that recently befell two Baptist churches in Georgia.
University Baptist Church, Austin, Texas Readings for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 1:8-2:10, Psalm 124, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 I’m visiting Gina at the State Hospital one day back when she’s training chaplains there. As I’m waiting for her to get free, one of
Virginia-Highland Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga. Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter: Acts 7:55-60, Psalm 31:1-5, Psalm 15-16, I Peter 2:2-10, John 14:1-14 Perhaps the greatest difficulty in writing today’s sermon was in choosing a proper introduction, finding ways to be witty and humorous while
University Baptist Church, Austin, Texas Readings for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13 People usually get what they deserve, don’t you think? Leo Rosten tells the story of two guys, partners in a men’s clothing store, who made a
I grew up in a Southern Baptist home and church in South Carolina, a small town with cotton mills and a Presbyterian college. My parents taught me by example the family values of love, respect for all people, kindness, generosity, truth telling, fairness, self respect,
My spiritual crisis began about a year and a half ago, when I fell in love. That in itself is not a crisis, but the person with whom I fell in love, more specifically the gender of the person was the cause of the crisis.
Healing is not what they’re looking for the First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Their pastor, Rev. Jimmy Creech, was charged with disobeying the Order and Discipline of The United Methodist Church by violating one of its Social Principles when he conducted a commitment