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Archive for the Missional Grace Category


Deleted Thoughts From Tomorrow’s Sermon (March 22, 2015)

The sermon for tomorrow (March 22, 2015) at Patterson Avenue Baptist was going to be WAY too long.  So I have been editing it down to make it make more sense. There were a few thoughts that I just hated to part with, so I am sharing them here.  The sermon titled is “Lessons From A […]

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A Love Worth Giving

This post include the sermon  text for the message I, Bill Nieporte, preached on the first Sunday of February, 2015 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  The video will be added soon. Whenever you visit a blog, be kind to the blog publisher. If you find a post helpful, inspirational, or even a bit controversial, […]

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It’s Not About Heaven Or Hell

Christianity is not ALL about avoiding hell or having a happy afterlife in heaven. In fact, it’s not even MOSTLY about those things. I do not think it is about these things much at all. The schema (organizing principle) of the Christianity is focused on the life we live here and now. It is focused […]

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Loved – sermon video and manuscript

Are their boundaries to God’s grace or limits to God’s love? Click To Tweet Preached August 17, 2014, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. , this sermons asks and answered the rhetoricakl questions:  “Are their boundaries to God’s grace?  Are there limits to God’s love?” We’ll find out answer in the God revealed in Jesus […]

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The Virginia Home, Richmond, VA – Rev. Michael Hamilton

The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church has had a several decade long partnership with The Virginia Home The home provides compassionate and professional residential care to adult Virginians with irreversible physical disabilities, ensuring that their lifelong comfort and security will never be compromised regardless of ability to pay. On Sunday, July 13, 2014, the Rev. Mike […]

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Word On A Road Sign

This sermon was preached on July 13, 2014, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. , by Dr. Bill Nieporte,. The sermon is titled:  “Words on a Road Sign” and is based on Romans 8:1-2 You can watch the video below.  A podcast can be downloaded at the church website:  Patterson Avenue Baptist Church Below the video, […]

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Logical “proofs”?

Truth as “logic” has often interested me. That is a construct of modernity. In the early days of the church up through the enlightenment, truth was not logic – it was beauty, romance, poetry. Where in scripture do we have logical proofs for …anything. Do we have logical proofs for creation? No…we have narratives, stories, […]

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Give Me That Homeless Child

This evening, standing in line ready to buy groceries, I saw a young mom holding a 18 month old boy. He kept looking at me…so I made a funny face. At first, he was timid, but eventual waved and smile. I went to him and he reached out for a hug…so with mom’s permission, I […]

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Don’t Just Do Something, STAND THERE! (Video Sermon)

The sermon below was preached on March 2, 2014, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  You can watch the video below.   You may also visit the church website at http://www.pattersonavenuebaptist.com to watch this video, listen to the MP3, and  subscribe to our weekly podcast. CHURCH PEOPLE have a tendency to […]

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The Faith of Flexbility (video and brief summary)

The Faith of Flexibility Sermon Series:  Take Your Foot Off The Brake And Get Your Life Moving From February 2, 2014 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church The Faith of Flexibility Text:  Matthew 4:18-21 18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They […]

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