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Archive for the Worship Category


Friends of Jesus (manuscript and video sermon)

Below you will find the manuscript and video for the sermon from May 10, 2015, preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You can also find an audio of this sermon by visiting the church website and subscribing to our podcast.  The sermon is titled:  “Friends of Jesus” and is based on John […]

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Prayer of Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving November 26, 2014 7:00PM Heavenly Father, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Redeemer of the Whole World, And our Source of LIFE and LOVE and PURPOSE: We gather today from various walks of life for the expressed purpose of praising you, blessing your name, and offering you our thanks for all the goodness […]

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Does God Need My Worship?

Does God need our worship? This was the  crux of a conversation I engage in via facebook not long ago. My first response was an hearty LOL.  The notion that GOD “needs” anything is an amusement.  God being God needs nothing.  God is complete within God’s self.  God enjoys the love relationship that exists within […]

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Book Review: Theology from Exile, Volume 2: The Year Of Matthew

Book Review:  Theology from Exile, Volume 2: The Year Of Matthew Theology from Exile Volume 2 – The Year of Matthew: Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary is an important addition to my resources for exploring how people from various theological perspectives handle sacred writ. As one who makes regular use of the Revised Common […]

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HOME (for Christmas) Video Sermon

Home – Matthew 1:18-25 The sermon was preached on December 22, 2013, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  You can read the manuscript below, or watch the video (the link comes up after this little note.   You may also visit the church website at http://www.pattersonavenuebaptist.com and listen to the […]

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When Your Life Passes Before Your Eyes

When Your Life Passes Before Your Eyes “Have you ever been in one of those situations where it seemed like your life has passed before your eyes?”  That FEELING is one of doom and dread, darkness and despair – the fear that the end is near.  We explored this idea on the First Sunday of […]

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Practical Atheist

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. (Luke 17:15) What about the tenth leper?  He took some time for reflection.  He realized he had experienced something amazing.  And so, before returning home, he went to Jesus and fell at the Lord’s feet with shouts of praise […]

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Interview with Professor James Torrance

An interview with James Torrance Following this video you’ll find information about my favorite theological work related to worship, from a Trinitarian perspective, written by Professor James Torrance.  It is well worth the read…and the video is worthy of your review.   Worship, Community and the Triune God of Grace by: James B. Torrance publisher: IVP […]

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The Meaning of Christmas – with help from Linus

Linus Christmas Monologue from Peanuts-A Charlie Brown Christmas. Linus tells us ”what Christmas is all about”. Even though people around the world celebrate  Christmas on December 25, that was probably not the actual day on which Jesus was born. Many scholars believe that Jesus was more likely to have been born in September. But the […]

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A Visit From The Christ Child (a poem)

In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore wrote the poem, originally called “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”   In many American homes is it read on Christmas Eve.   It begins ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ and redefined the image of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, who had never before been associated with a sleigh or reindeers! […]

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