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Not Your Mother’s Baptist Church: Religious Freedom

Matthew 7.12   James and Thomas had a fundamental disagreement. James was a pretty big supporter of the power of the king.  He believed that the king had ultimate authority over peoples’ lives.  In fact, he believed that he had the authority over people’s religious lives, their souls even.  James believed that the king had […]

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Not Your Mother’s Baptist Church: Bible Freedom

2 Timothy 3.10-17 The 1984 drama Footloose tells the story of a young man, Ren, who moves from the city into a small town that has a city ordinance against dancing.  It seems that the local pastor, Reverend Moore, has interpreted Scripture to suggest that dancing is sinful and therefore should be outlawed.  Ren is […]

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Alone to Known

John 20.1-18 Dietrich Bonhoeffer settled into his chair at his office at Union Theological Seminary in New York.  For the first time in a long time, he felt safe. Bonhoeffer was a German-born theologian who had come to the public stage at exactly the wrong time.  As he rose to prominence, so did the Nazi […]

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Life Together: The Secret of the Psalter

Note: This sermon is in two sections. The first section is the part of the sermon given by Pastor Matt, “The Secret of the Psalter.” The second section is by Pastor Cheryl Harader, “Walking Through the Valley.” Part 1: The Secret of the Psalter Psalm 118 How many of you use a daily devotional?  For […]

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Life Together: The Day’s Work

(Isaiah 58.1-5) We continue our sermon theme: Life Together, inspired by Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book by the same name.  Today we think about “The Day’s Work.”  Bonhoeffer reminds us that just because we are not within the walls of the church doesn’t mean we are not doing worshipful work.  In our shared work of service and […]

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Life Together: Singing the New Song

Philippians 2.5-11 This morning, I want to give you a challenge.  If you had to name your top five musical experiences, your top musical memories, what would you choose?  This morning, we are talking about the shared practice of singing and playing music.  And by way of introduction, I wanted to tell you what my […]

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Life Together: The Fellowship of the Table

Mark 14.12-25 Today we continue our Lenten series, Life Together.  It is an exploration of the practices that we do together.  And today we explore together the practice of communion, or the Lord’s Supper, or in some denominations Eucharist.  This practice was ordained by Christ on the night before his death.  We read of that […]

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Life Together: Reading the Scriptures

1 Corinthians 1.18-25 How many of you watched the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago?  More importantly, how many of you all watched the commercials? I want you to think about your favorite Super Bowl commercial.  Think about what happened in the ad and what words and images there were.  If you didn’t watch, […]

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Life Together: Saying Our Prayers Together

Mark 11.12-25 Here we are again.  Another school shooting.  The death toll for 2018 keeps rising at an alarming rate. Here we are again.  Another week of pointing fingers.  Another week of oversimplifying answers, blaming the other for not doing what we know will work.  So instead we do nothing, until the fury dies down, […]

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