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Archive for the Grace Notes Category


Final Sermons: Numbering Our Days

On August 20th, 2017, the Patterson Avenue Baptist congregation conducted its final worship gathering. News about our disbandment is available on this blog.  You can find it when you click here. Beginning in June, when the congregation made this difficult decision, I began a series of messages aiming to prepare us spiritually for that eventuality.  […]

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Final Sermons: Broken Things (Video and Manuscript)

On August 20th, the Patterson Avenue Baptist congregation ceased to exist.  News about our disbandment is available on this blog.  You can find it when you click here. Beginning in June, when the congregation made this difficult decision, I began a series of messages aiming to prepare us spiritually for that eventuality.  These sermons focus […]

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Holy Monday, Temple Cleansinng, and Violence

Holy Monday Reflection Today is often referred to as HOLY MONDAY.  It is the day after Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  It is the Monday before the LAST SUPPER…before Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion. This is the day that Jesus cleansed the temple.  Here is how The Gospel of Mark recounts this incident Mark 11:15-19 […]

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Lenten Intentions: The Blame Game

The Blame Game   You’ll notice a rather raspy voice, as I was suffering with a bad bout of the flu during this fourth Sunday of Lenten.  Below is both the video and manuscript for “Lenten Intentions:  The Blame Game” John 9 (NIV) 9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His […]

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Lenten Intentions: Roadblocks

Roadblocks This is week three of Lenten 2017.  The sermon title is ROADBLOCKS from the series:  “Lenten Intentions”  Bot the video and manuscript are below John 4:5-42 (NIV) 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and […]

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The Church Today

Contemporary society finds itself in the midst of change and transition.  The reality of these changes has been made evident in numerous ways:  the magnitude of technological advancements, the pervasiveness of social media, a mistrust of centralized governments, economic instability, and the destruction of the environment. In his book The Third Wave, Alvin Toffler writes: […]

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#YourLifeMatters

I sat down in a nursing home lobby to respond to some text messages. A young African American was sitting next to me. He was on break from the heat – a grounds-keeper for the facility. Me: “Hey, how are you doing?” Him: “Fine, I suppose. Some pretty messed up shit out there!” … (For […]

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What Matters Most? Second Lenten Sermon Manuscript and Video

The agendas of life constantly compete for our attention, forcing us to ask: “What matters most?” Both scripture and the example of Jesus teach us that relationships—with God and others—are what matters most.  This sermon is about the God who relates to us (we call that grace), so that we might relate to God (we […]

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Who Is Jesus? Lenten Sermon One Video And Text

A famed historian once noted that, regardless of what you think of him personally, Jesus Christ stands as the central figure in the history of Western civilization. A man violently rejected by some and passionately worshipped by others, Jesus remains as polarizing as ever. But most people still know very little about who he really […]

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Promised Hope

This post contains the sermon preaching on November 29, 2015, at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  The sermon is titled:  “Promised Hope” and is based on Jesus words recorded in Jeremiah 33:14-16. This is the sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, focused on the HOPE.  You can see the video read the manuscript below. There […]

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