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Blest Be The Tie

I have a confession to make: I am a Baptist.  I’ve spent most of my life around Baptists. Over the years I’ve discovered that in Baptist churches there are a lot of things that are common to almost all of them.  Just like you can walk into a McDonald’s anywhere in the world and order a Big Mac and know it will taste the same, you can go to most Baptist churches and find a lot of the same things on...

Friends in Both Places

The story is told that at a social gathering author Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) walked up on a lively conversation about heaven and hell.  When the participants asked Clemens to weigh in on the matter, the quick-witted writer said he would rather not comment because he had friends in both places. Jimmy Carter sings with Gov. Sonny Pardue and William Shaw at the New Baptist Covenant meeting      That anecdote...

Christ Prays for a Unified Church

Someone shared with me a powerful sermon from Dr. Joel Gregory on unity in the Body of Christ.  The setting is Brookhollow Baptist Church, “The Church Without Walls” in Houston.  The title of the sermon is “Christ Prays for a Unified Church.” In the message, Gregory makes some powerful points about the importance of unity in the church.  First of all, he points out that unity is not a...

Rev. John Cross, 1925 – 2007

In 1962, 38 year old Rev. John Cross accepted the pastorate of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  The historic church was at that time a center of activity and organization of the civil rights movement.  It also was a symbol for those who would stop at nothing – including murder – to stop the movement, much the same way the World Trade Center was a symbol of America to...

Let This Mind Be in You

One of my favorite passages in the New Testament is found in the second chapter of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. The book of Philippians is special because of who wrote it, who it was written to, why it was written, and where the author was when he wrote it.  The book was written by Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles who took the gospel to the world.  It was written to the church at Philippi to thank them...

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