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    June 11, 2009, 10:56

      // // Dr. William Michael Nieporte Sr. (Bill ) was born in Middletown, Connecticut on September 5, 1963. He became a Christ-follower at age nine…

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    June 12, 2009, 01:10

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  • Category: "I'm Just Saying..."  (152)

    Short “point of view” statements and observations about life, politics, and society.

    • Remembering 911 by: billnieporte

      October 12, 2010, 23:11

      I came across some old files recently and found two sermons preached after 9-11.  I found myself back in the moment.  They speak to me not only about the…

    • Christians Burning Bibles by: billnieporte

      September 17, 2010, 01:55

      ?"Im Just Saying..." So, a church threatened to burn the Qu'ran. That's crazy...Yet, last year on Holloween, five or so Christian churches in the USA…

    • Strange Understanding Of Atonement by: billnieporte

      September 17, 2010, 02:01

      "I'm Just Saying..." Some people have a really strange understanding of atonement. Got this note recently from a FACEBOOK "friend." "The Gospel is…

    • USA Government Burns Bibles by: billnieporte

      September 17, 2010, 02:16

      "I'm Just Saying..." There is a report out that the US Military burned Bibles translated in Iraqi dialects which were sent to soldiers for distribution…

    • Jesus Is Not Generic by: billnieporte

      September 17, 2010, 02:29

      "I'm Just Saying..." Is there anything better than the phrase "God LOVES You?" YES! Here's the deal:  we make LOVE so theological &…

    • Liberalism is God? by: billnieporte

      September 22, 2010, 05:08

      "I'm Just Saying..."  Conservative religious leader Gary Bauer has said: "For those that do not have a religion, liberalism usually becomes their religion."…

    • Said It Before - I'll Say It Again by: billnieporte

      September 24, 2010, 08:45

      "I'm Just Saying...A theology that makes you feel bitter and allows you to speak and act with mean arrogance - all the while feeling justified in so doing…

    • John the Baptizer Bugs Me by: billnieporte

      September 29, 2010, 09:15

      "I'm just saying...John the Baptizer Bugs Me" I started looking ahead toward Advent this afternoon – planning my preaching, teaching, and leadership…

    • Our Socialist Pledge?... by: billnieporte

      September 29, 2010, 23:12

      “I’m Just Saying… For two years in a row there has been a battle in school systems as to whether to allow students to hear a “back to school”…

    • 9-11 Followup by: billnieporte

      October 13, 2010, 03:03

      "I'm Just Saying..." Recently founds some old PC files from 2001 - following the events of September 11th.  The first was a sermon preached on a Wednesday…

    • You Just Might Be A Pharisee by: billnieporte

      October 19, 2010, 02:59

      "I'm Just Saying..." I was speaking to friend who lives in another community recently.  My friend was lamenting about the preaching of his pastor.  He…

    • Great FREE Book By Eddie Hammett by: billnieporte

      October 21, 2010, 04:30

    • Is Church Dull?  by: billnieporte

      November 23, 2010, 06:08

      Let's start living the life we've been given to its fullest.

    • Tony Campolo's Party For Whores by: billnieporte

      October 26, 2010, 05:32

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    • Penn Teller Gets A Bible by: billnieporte

      October 26, 2010, 05:57

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    • Old Johnny Is Included by: billnieporte

      November 14, 2010, 01:10

      I once served as a volunteer in a mission for homeless men.  My job was to serve the evening meal and spend some time in fellowship with the men staying in…

    • The Unholy Trinity by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2010, 10:38

      Here’s something I read today by Jonathan Stepp over at http://trinityandhumanity.wordpress.com He call's it "the unholy Trinty." "Here's the unholy…

    • What Happened At The Cross? by: billnieporte

      December 1, 2010, 06:54

      I am passionate about biblical theology.  That means I often get in trouble with some people who have heard all their lives that some doctrine they believe is…

    • The Rededication Ferris-Wheel by: billnieporte

      December 4, 2010, 10:27

      I got off the “rededication Ferris-Wheel” several years ago.  If you have spent any time in the typical church that employs the ritual of the alter-call,…

    • They Kicked God Out… by: billnieporte

      December 30, 2010, 11:37

      “I’m just saying…” I read this sign in a restaurant earlier today:  “They kicked God out of the public schools, but He is still welcome here. …

    • SEVEN SENSATIONAL AND SEXY TIPS TO SPICING UP YOUR MARRIAGE by: billnieporte

      January 8, 2011, 16:29

        SEVEN SENSATIONAL AND SEXY TIPS TO SPICING UP YOUR MARRIAGE by Bill Nieporte & Jeana Murray-Nieporte Congratulate us! We just celebrated 22 years…

    • Peace and Civility Pledge by: billnieporte

      January 13, 2011, 09:17

      The following pledge from Sojourners seems a fair and biblical statement to make, in light of the recent discourse before and after the recent masss shooting…

    • James Torrance by: billnieporte

      February 1, 2011, 07:48

      In his book Worship, Community and the Triune God of Grace, theologian James Torrance  offers an insightful evaluation of much of what we call worship.  He…

    • The Nature of Love by: billnieporte

      February 18, 2011, 09:52

      I've just begun reading a book titled, "The Nature of Love: A Theology" by Thomas Jay Oord.  I am really on a few pages in, but I think I am going to love…

    • Have You Been Raised Right? by: billnieporte

      March 5, 2011, 12:06

      I'm Just Saying... I was recently introduced to a book by Ferrol Sams titled The Whisper of the River.  It is a story about a young boy, reared in Georgia,…

    • Does Love Win? by: billnieporte

      March 9, 2011, 06:49

      The net is all a buzz about the forth-coming book by Rob Bell titled:  “Love Wins!”  Not just the net, however!  There have been stories broadcast by…

    • I'm Just Saying...SEX, SEX, SEX by: billnieporte

      March 10, 2011, 09:39

      Read Song of Songs 2:3-17; 4:1-7; 5:10-16; 7:11-13 "I'm Just Saying... SEX" Okay, now that I have your attention. My last post was about Rob Bell's…

    • LIGHT (continue) - But I am not blind, am I? by: billnieporte

      April 2, 2011, 09:52

      We continue to our final discussion of the man born blind (from John 9). Poor guy!  After seeing the way his neighbors, family, and church folk acted –…

    • Almighty God Is Singing To You Right Now: "Take A Chance On Me!" by: billnieporte

      April 15, 2011, 07:04

      "I'm just saying..." I heard an old song on the radio today.  It got me thinking.  The lyrics contained a line:  "Take a chance on me!" I imagined the…

    • Quick Quote by: billnieporte

      May 5, 2011, 22:45

      Thanks Tom Batterson for sharing the following quote from Tom Murphy: "Much current leadership 'wisdom' in the church is little more than taking popularized…

    • The most radical thing we can say: YOU ARE LOVED BY GOD by: billnieporte

      May 18, 2011, 06:15

      Read Ephesians 1:4-5; John 14:1-21, I john 4:8, and John 3:16-17 Here is some thoughts I have been scribbling down as I prepared sermons for the next two…

    • Jesus Came Back On May 21st - I Saw Him by: billnieporte

      May 23, 2011, 03:51

      Yesterday the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church conducted a "free swap marketing" at our location. The idea came to us from an initiative from Imago Dei,…

    • Quick Quote from Robert Capon by: billnieporte

      June 3, 2011, 23:16

      Robert Caponw challenges us to: "Trust Him! "And when you have done that, you are living the life of grace. No matter what happens to you in the course…

    • Traveling First Class by: billnieporte

      July 8, 2011, 07:28

      I read an interesting bit of information recently that reminded me of certain attitudes and habits among us that need to be challenged by the vision of reality…

    • What Are You Worth? by: billnieporte

      July 10, 2011, 01:55

      According to the U.S. Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, the typical human body is made up of the following chemicals: • 65% Oxygen • 18% Carbon • 10%…

    • Who I Sense God The Spirit Is Making Me Into... by: billnieporte

      July 11, 2011, 22:52

      Motto: “Inspire Hope!” Personal Philosophy I want everything I say, think, and do, to make a positive difference in the world, therefore I commit…

    • C.S. Lewis on "hating the sin and loving the sinner!" by: billnieporte

      July 21, 2011, 21:55

      I remember Christian teachers telling me long ago that I must hate a bad man's actions but not hate the bad man: or, as they would say, hate the sin but not…

    • Position Available by: billnieporte

      July 19, 2011, 01:28

      Position Available After 48 years playing the organ & piano in several different congregations - with about 20 of them being at Patterson Avenue Baptist…

    • Quick Quote: Christianity is NOT a Moral Code of Conduct according to C.S. Lewis by: billnieporte

      July 21, 2011, 04:51

      I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at first to be all about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and…

    • Whooohooo - My Ship Has Finally Come IN by: billnieporte

      July 22, 2011, 10:56

      I got a terrific letter in the mail: "Dear Dr. William M. Nieporte: Results are in and final.  I am proud to announce that you are our newest winner with…

    • Shocking Love by Baxter Kruger by: billnieporte

      August 2, 2011, 05:36

      Shocking Love By C. Baxter Kruger Sometimes the simplest thoughts cascade into revolutions. What if it was not the wrath of God that Jesus suffered on the…

    • Risk by: billnieporte

      July 29, 2011, 06:34

      Many years ago I because interest in how the stock market worked.  It became a self-study project – an attempt on my part to learn everything I could about…

    • Recover The WOW-Factor by: billnieporte

      July 28, 2011, 06:46

      Sherry was an attractive girl – very attractive.  She dressed well, had a great smile, a warm personality, and an infectious giggle.  Her favorite word was…

    • Fundamentalism by: billnieporte

      July 28, 2011, 00:18

      "I'm just saying..." A recent Facebook post has been stirring the pot recently on my board.  Here's what I wrote: "Norway is one of the wealthiest (per…

    • What does it mean when I say I am a pacifist? by: billnieporte

      August 10, 2011, 09:24

      What does it mean to be a pacifist?  As a Christian, it means that I trust in God. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name…

    • We always are talking AT one another by: billnieporte

      August 16, 2011, 12:52

      Psychologist Jean Piaget says that when two very young children talk to each other, they do so in monologue. Put another way, they each respond to the fact…

    • I'm Just Saying...I Cannot Meet Your Spiritual Need by: billnieporte

      September 12, 2011, 07:30

      "I'm just sayin..." Every pastor has heard it. I imagine that most every church leader (teacher, musician, deacon, elder, etc.) has also heard it. “Your…

    • Political Hate Speech by: billnieporte

      October 26, 2011, 01:24

      I am just saying... One of the things that the world teaches us is that when we have an enemy we must demonize them. We make them a monolithic evil…

    • Challenging Days by: billnieporte

      November 6, 2011, 10:04

      Challenges require faith, hope, commitment, and tremendous levels of courageous faith.  If these qualities are brought to the table, challenges can be met and…

    • William Sloan Coffin - on love by: billnieporte

      November 17, 2011, 05:10

      I first met Bill Coffin while a student in seminary.  In fact, I to introduce him at a campus event sponsored by "The Ethics Luncheon" - if I can find the…

    • What is Faith?  by: billnieporte

      November 17, 2011, 22:53

      Bill Coffin, on FAITH - from Credo "What is faith?  Faith is being grasped by the power of love.  Faith is recognizing that what makes God is infinate…

    • Dangers of an Individualistic Spirituality  by: billnieporte

      November 18, 2011, 22:01

      From Bill Coffin, in Credo We must guard against being too individualistic and elitist in our understanding of spirituality. Somw Cfristians talk endlessly…

    • The Joy that is of God by: billnieporte

      November 20, 2011, 01:52

      From Bill Coffin, in Credo The joy that is of God is not opposed to earthly pleasures.  Rather it infuses them with a foundation of meaning. Joy is the…

    • CBF executive coordinator search committee named by: billnieporte

      November 20, 2011, 05:11

      ATLANTA – The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship officers have named a nine-member search committee to find a replacement for Executive Coordinator…

    • 2011 GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics by: billnieporte

      November 20, 2011, 05:12

      The annual GOCN forum on missional hermeneutics will be held in San Francisco at the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the…

    • Jimmy Carter notes progress in building Baptist unity by: billnieporte

      November 20, 2011, 05:12

      ATLANTA (ABP) – Former President Jimmy Carter told veteran journalist Bob Abernethy that he’s seen progress in areas that prompted him to convene a…

    • Coordinating Council deliberates 2012 Task Force preliminary report by: billnieporte

      November 20, 2011, 13:29

      ATLANTA – At the October meeting of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Coordinating Council, members of the 2012 Task Force offered a preliminary report and…

    • New Baptist Covenant speakers proclaim 'release' to captives by: billnieporte

      November 20, 2011, 13:29

      ATLANTA (ABP) – Baptists must view prison ministry as more than prayer meetings and Bible studies if they are to follow Jesus’ Luke 4 mandate to…

    • Hamrick announces retirement from CBF by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2011, 01:31

      ATLANTA – Terry Hamrick, coordinator of missional visioning at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, announced he will retire effective June 30, 2012, after…

    • Opinion: Christ the King by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2011, 01:31

      (ABP) -- According to the Christian calendar we are coming to the end of another year. In just a couple of short weeks we will begin a new chapter…

    • The Founder of the "Occupy" Movement by: billnieporte

      November 22, 2011, 04:02

      I heard about a fellow who was the originator of the "Occupy" movement we hear so much about. He started his occupation on a proverbial soapbox not far…

    • Joyless Christianity by: billnieporte

      November 22, 2011, 07:57

      More from Bill Coffin: So why are Christians often so joyless? It is, I think, because too often Christians have enough religion to make them miserable.…

    • Hope VS Hopelessness by: billnieporte

      November 22, 2011, 22:57

      From Bill Coffin Hope criticizes what is, hopelessness rationalizes. Hope resists, hopelessness adapts.

    • God is NOT in the Religion Business by: billnieporte

      November 30, 2011, 10:50

      "Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is the proclamation of the end of religion, not of a new religion, or even of the best of all religions. If the…

    • A Visit From The Christ Child (a poem) by: billnieporte

      December 7, 2011, 01:28

      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…

    • The Internet Marketers Newbie Guide by: billnieporte

      January 9, 2012, 12:18

      Newbie I'm mad as HECK and I am not going to take it anymore? 🙂 Yes, this is different from the standard fair of this blog.  Bare with me.  We'll be…

    • Selection from MLK Letter from the Birmingham Jail by: billnieporte

      January 17, 2012, 07:14

      When We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed…

    • Wearing the Team Jacket  by: billnieporte

      January 23, 2012, 07:14

      Ravens Sermon for January 22, 2012 at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church Based on Mark 1:14-20 - Sermon Title:  Wearing the Team Jacket What does my…

    • Why I Am Not A Universalist - (intro) by: billnieporte

      August 16, 2012, 04:44

      Why I Am Not A Universalist (Intro) In a Facebook exchange recently, I reposted a statement by a friend about the "finished work of Christ." Here is…

    • What's Your Plan? by: billnieporte

      September 12, 2012, 00:05

      Is there a formula, plan, or process for me becoming a BETTER Christian? Or a BETTER follower of Jesus?  Is there something I DO to make that happen? …

    • Handling The Truth by: billnieporte

      September 12, 2012, 00:20

      How do you handle difficult truth? That was the question of the day in our "Family Praise" (second Sunday) worship gathering at the Patterson Avenue Baptist…

    • "Why I Am Not A Universalist?" (Baxter Kruger, Paul Young, THE SHACK, & other stuff, too) by: billnieporte

      September 19, 2012, 00:07

      I promised to post some thoughts addressing the topic:  "Why I am Not a Universalist!" Unfortunately, I have been very busy and not yet had the chance to…

    • Project 2021: Our Future Story by: billnieporte

      October 1, 2012, 02:43

      What's the FUTURE look like? Only God's know, right? Well, certainly only God KNOWS our future!  But still, we can imagine what the future might be…

    • Hell No! (?) Julie's new book? Heck yes!,  by: billnieporte

      October 2, 2012, 11:13

      At first, I wasn't interested in reading "Raising Hell: Christianity's Most Controversial Doctrine Put Under Fire." "Just another book debunking hell," I…

    • The Shack Revisited by Dr. C. Baxter Kruger by: billnieporte

      October 2, 2012, 14:09

      "Dr. Baxter Kruger's "revisits" Wm. Paul Young classic best seller "The Shack" in his new book "The Shack Revisited!" There is a revival happening - a…

    • God is Love - God is Trinity - God is Dance by: billnieporte

      December 5, 2012, 23:31

      "God is love!" So says the scripture.  As such, God is by nature relational.  God is not some abstract omni-being who is the byproduct of post enlightenmen…

    • The End Of The World As We Know It by: billnieporte

      December 11, 2012, 07:59

      The Mayans calendar, some "scholars" say, predict the end of the world.  Here's a countdown clock, so you know how much time we supposively have left. <div…

    • C.S. Lewis On Ezekiel Bulver by: billnieporte

      February 22, 2013, 04:18

      "You must show that a man's wrong before you start explaining why he's wrong. The modern method is to assume w/out discussion that he's wrong & then…

    • Polycarp and the Doctrine of the Trinity by: billnieporte

      March 14, 2013, 18:47

      Polycarp (70-155/160).  Bishop of Smyrna and Disciple of John the Apostle, wrote: "O Lord God almighty... I bless you and glorify you through the eternal…

    • Ignatius and the Doctrine of the Trinity by: billnieporte

      March 15, 2013, 04:21

      Here us yet another Church Father, writing on the heels of Apostles, illustrating clearly that the doctrine of the Trinity clearly a part of the Apostle's…

    • Rightly Dividing The Word - Trinitarian Theology by: billnieporte

      March 15, 2013, 04:44

      There are lots of conversation around scriptural interpretation that "start" or "end" with the statement "rightly dividing the word of truth."  In other…

    • Dealing With Sin(S)  by: billnieporte

      March 20, 2013, 02:33

      The work of Christ  was aimed toward humankinds universal brokenness...not simply toward some laundry list of "sinS" that usually includes everything we…

    • Facebook Posts People Seemed To Like For Holy Week 2013 by: billnieporte

      March 29, 2013, 11:19

      Here are a few Facebook posts for Holy Week that people liked and commented on.  If you are not a part of my Facebook community, click here to join.   …

    • Trinitarianism is NOT Universalism, by Stuart Johnson by: billnieporte

      April 12, 2013, 10:48

      My friend Stuart Johnson leads Perichoresis, Australia (located at http://www.trinityinyou.com) A friend of mine described me as a 'gadfly'.  Look it up on…

    • Being Trinitarian  by: billnieporte

      May 14, 2013, 06:28

      Being Trinitarian does not simply mean, "Hey, I believe in the doctrine of the Trinity."  It is not some sort of mathmatic equation like 1 + 1 + 1 = 1, or…

    • Coming to The End of Self-Sufficiency  by: billnieporte

      June 8, 2013, 04:49

      Coming to The End of Self-Sufficiency For any congregation or individual to be used effectively by God, it need to come to the end of self-sufficiency and…

    • I Am a Spirit, Who has a Soul, Living in a Body by: billnieporte

      June 9, 2013, 05:41

      I am a spirit, who has a soul, living in a body.  I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus…

    • Burning Out Or Rusting Out by: billnieporte

      June 16, 2013, 01:57

      I attended a revival where Jeana (my wife) was asked to sing.  As the preacher got up and began to get revved up, he started to admonish the congregation with…

    • The "&" by: billnieporte

      June 16, 2013, 05:32

      The title for this message is simple "The &" This is the sermon form June9th preached at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. The text is Luke 7:11-17 …

    • Ekklesia, Metaphors for the Church, Anabaptist Ecclesiology, and a Changing World by: billnieporte

      July 9, 2013, 14:23

      The Challenges of a Changing World Contemporary society finds itself in the midst of change and transition.  Of this there can be little doubt.  The reality…

    • If There Is "No More Bacon," How Can They Call It Heaven? by: billnieporte

      October 21, 2013, 07:52

      Frank Viola shared this recently, suggesting I'd never look at breakfast the same.  He was right! What I wonder is how it can be heaven if there is no more…

    • Fred Craddock On Eating Soup That Tastes Like Bread And Wine by: billnieporte

      August 26, 2013, 23:35

      A few years back, Fred Craddock was invited to lead some kind of preaching mission in Winnipeg (Friday night ... Saturday morning ... Saturday evening ...…

    • The Incarnation - Words from T.F. Torrance  by: billnieporte

      September 13, 2013, 07:58

      “With the Incarnation, God the eternal Son became Man, without ceasing to be God and without breaking the communion of the Holy Trinity within which God…

    • Robert Farrar Capon On Religion by: billnieporte

      September 14, 2013, 09:56

      What role have I left for religion? None. And I have left none because the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ leaves none. Christianity is not a…

    • J.B. Torrance's Last Lecture by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2013, 08:55

       "J.B. Torrance’s last comments to his post graduate students in the last seminar that he did before he retired. He said, what we need is not a new doctrine…

    • Robert Farrar Capon on "the life of grace" by: billnieporte

      October 7, 2013, 22:11

      “The life of grace is not an effort on our part to achieve a goal we set ourselves. It is a continually renewed attempt simply to believe that someone else…

    • Athanasius of Alexandria On The Incarnation by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2013, 08:25

      Athanasius of Alexandria "Naturally also, through this union of the immortal Son of God with our human nature, all people were clothed with incorruption in…

    • Interview with Professor James Torrance by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2013, 08:38

      An interview with James Torrance Following this video you'll find information about my favorite theological work related to worship, from a Trinitarian…

    • Thanks by: billnieporte

      October 10, 2013, 13:44

      When Jesus saw that only one of the former lepers expressed gratitude, he was astonished.  He asked three questions:  “Were not ten healed?”  “Where…

    • Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? N.T. Wright by: billnieporte

      October 9, 2013, 07:10

      N.T. Wright eBook Sale - Only .99 (see the bottom of this message) Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? Dr. N.T. Wright Bishop Tom (Dr. N.T.) Wright,…

    • God's Greatest Gift by: billnieporte

      October 11, 2013, 05:10

      There is a proverb which says, "“No gift is truly ours till we have thanked the giver.” We've come to the end of our week of reflection on Luke…

    • I Am Captain James T. Kirk by: billnieporte

      October 17, 2013, 09:21

      Now for something completely different.  I seldom take these Facebook Quizzes, but being a Trekker, I just had to take this.  The results identified me as…

    • Free Andrew Murray Ebook - "Humility" by: billnieporte

      October 19, 2013, 00:26

      I am blessed to have a wonderful trainer down at the gym.  His named is Wesley. Thanks to his workout routines, I continue to loose weight, increase…

    • The Process of Living by: billnieporte

      October 19, 2013, 11:49

      Remember my friend Argy?  (I referenced him a couple of posts ago - you can find that blog post here.) Upon finding her was terminally ill with cancer, he…

    • Everyone Needs A Blog - tools amd info to get started right by: billnieporte

      October 20, 2013, 02:11

      Essential Blogging, Shelley Powers, Cory Doctorow, J. Scott Johnson, Mena G. Tro US .74 End Date: Saturday Oct-19-2013 12:47:21 PDT Buy It Now…

    • A Prayer by: billnieporte

      October 21, 2013, 07:39

        Lord Jesus Christ, beloved and eternal Son of the Father, Homoousios to Patri, Anointed of the Holy Spirit, incarnate, crucified, resurrected and ascended…

    • A Process of Living - Luke 18:1-8 (Video & Manuscript Sermon) by: billnieporte

      October 22, 2013, 05:17

      A Process of Living  This sermon was preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, on October 20, 2013. Included below the video…

    • What Do You Believe About God? by: billnieporte

      October 23, 2013, 03:38

      I was in a local bookstore, recently.  It was chilly out, so I made use of a gift card to buy a cup of hot chocolate and peruse the magazine rack. I…

    • Old Man by: billnieporte

      October 31, 2013, 05:06

      Recently I visit a member of my church, Patterson Avenue Baptist in Richmond, Virginia, who is in a  nursing home near the church building.  The residents…

    • Moving from Missional to Incarnational  by: billnieporte

      November 2, 2013, 11:45

      I have a friend who started a church in one of the most secularized regions of Virginia Beach.  He worked for a year to build relationships and friendships…

    • Getting Off The Roundabout  by: billnieporte

      November 7, 2013, 07:31

      Have you ever been stuck on a roundabout? I only know of one roundabout in the metro Richmond area, over near the White Oak Shopping Center, but there may…

    • Dumb, Silly, Foolish, Ridiculous Questions by: billnieporte

      November 11, 2013, 06:42

      Many years ago, I started a collection of " stupid questions.  It started when my son, Michael (now age 17) was just a little kid. I looked for a moment to…

    • About Paying Your Taxes by: billnieporte

      November 12, 2013, 20:12

      What are imitation rhinestones? What do batteries run on? What do chickens think we taste like? What do penguins wear for play clothes? What do…

    • If Only I Had Known...sermon video and manuscript by: billnieporte

      November 18, 2013, 06:50

      If Only I Had Known This sermon was preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, in Richmond, VA on November 17, 2013, by Dr. Bill Nieporte. Below…

    • Painting The Stars by: billnieporte

      December 3, 2013, 00:14

      “When I have a terrible need of – dare I say, ‘religion’? – then I go outside at night and paint the stars.” – Vincent Van Gogh Van Gogh's…

    • Santa Claus is Coming To Town by: billnieporte

      December 7, 2013, 05:02

       It's Saint Nicholas Day - a feast day for celebrating one of the great saints of the ancient church.  Still, when we hear "St. Nicholas" we don't think…

    • Church Discipline and Excommunication - Frank Viola's Blog Today by: billnieporte

      December 10, 2013, 02:48

      Frank Viola's blog "Beyond Evangelical" is one of my weekly must-reads.  I know I am not the only one.  Viola's blog is consistently ranked among the top 10…

    • Phil Robertson Was Wrong by: billnieporte

      December 20, 2013, 09:25

      I do not often make comment here on issues outside of the theological realm, so please forgive this brief indulgence.Let me preface by saying that I am a fan…

    • The Lesser Things of Folderol (A Parable), by Ralph Harris by: billnieporte

      February 15, 2014, 11:23

      The Lesser Things of Folderol (A Parable), by Ralph Harris (The video presentation is at the bottom of this post) I have an unusual story today—a modern…

    • Doing "Evangelism" Starting With Grace by: billnieporte

      March 15, 2014, 10:35

      For those who preach, teach, or otherwise share the Gospel...we should always lead with GRACE. Consider these words from Baxter Kruger:  "We make a mistake…

    • Pastors Grieve Too by: billnieporte

      March 28, 2014, 00:29

      In the last three years, I have conducted funerals for almost 40% of the active participants in my congregation.  I have also officiated more than a dozen…

    • Give Me That Homeless Child by: billnieporte

      June 22, 2014, 02:25

      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…

    • Logical "proofs"? by: billnieporte

      June 22, 2014, 02:34

      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…

    • Don't Be A Slave Again by: billnieporte

      July 24, 2014, 10:14

      Galatians 5:1 - It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Paul has…

    • Does A Person Need To Turn To God To Be Forgiven? by: billnieporte

      August 20, 2014, 11:13

      I noticed something in a review of Luke 15 that got me thinking.  Especially in light of a Facebook comment I read which said:  “Forgiveness doesn't start…

    • Is the Kingdom of God Dependent on ME? by: billnieporte

      September 15, 2014, 01:18

      I spent a great deal of my early years in ministry trying to lead congregations to engage with me in actions that might BRING the Kingdom of God to earth.I…

    • An Answer For Anxiety by: billnieporte

      October 13, 2014, 07:21

      Things are tough all over. Sometimes it feels like we might break. Just look at what we're dealing with: Ebola pandemic…The Enterovirus...Children in…

    • Risk and Reward by: billnieporte

      October 18, 2014, 09:32

      It was a personal study project a few years ago.  I wanted to learn how the stock market worked. I studied the DOW, mutual funds, stock valuation, etc.  I…

    • SOS by: billnieporte

      October 28, 2014, 07:54

      Here's the manuscript and video for the sermon preached on October 27, 2014, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. You can watch the…

    • Does God Need My Worship?  by: billnieporte

      October 30, 2014, 00:04

      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…

    • Faith Versus Reason by: billnieporte

      October 31, 2014, 00:05

      It is assumed that there are no logical, philosophical, reasonable, rational argument for the existence of God. Further it often stated that all religious…

    • Human Reason Is Not All Its Cracked Up To Be by: billnieporte

      November 1, 2014, 00:09

      Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have…

    • You Can't Handle The Truth by: billnieporte

      December 5, 2014, 04:16

      There is a segment of folks I met both in social media and everyday life who believe that because I am a Christian, Baptist, and member of the clergy, that I…

    • An Atheist Parking Spot by: billnieporte

      December 12, 2014, 23:56

      Yesterday, this made me VERY angry. But I am better now. I was in a nearby hospital parking lot. A member of my parish is in ICU with serious heart…

    • It's Not About Heaven Or Hell by: billnieporte

      January 6, 2015, 13:59

      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…

    • I resign, quit, surrender by: billnieporte

      January 22, 2015, 03:20

        Each one of us has a way of shutting things out, a way of shutting other people out, a way of shutting God out.  In the Hebrew Bible we read a story…

    • A Love Worth Giving by: billnieporte

      February 4, 2015, 01:14

      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…

    • "Oh, please, give me a break!" I am just saying... by: billnieporte

      February 24, 2015, 02:50

      I am just saying... I have been a member of three churches as a young person in high school, college, and seminary. I have been on staff as a member of…

    • I am done with movements by: billnieporte

      February 25, 2015, 14:32

      I am done with movements... with charismatic movements, back to the bible movements, moderate movements, conservative resurgence movements, anti-institutio…

    • Dust by: billnieporte

      March 11, 2015, 22:14

      Dust Mark 11 I don’t know what things have been like around your house, but around the Nieporte’s’ household, we’ve been focusing on SPRING…

    • C. Dollar, C. Dollar, C. Dollar by: billnieporte

      March 19, 2015, 21:48

      I have recently spent a few days exchanging with some in my Facebook about C. Dollar's (Creflo Dollar's) unbiblical pleas and poor theology.  You know…

    • An Open Letter to Eddie Hammett by: billnieporte

      March 20, 2015, 00:51

      Eddie: Thanks so much for including me in the Congregational Coaching seminar earlier this week at the Baptist General Association of Virginia. The…

    • Deleted Thoughts From Tomorrow's Sermon (March 22, 2015) by: billnieporte

      March 22, 2015, 04:17

      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…

    • Wacky Christians (Think Different) Video Manuscript Sermon by: billnieporte

      June 7, 2015, 17:20

      Today's blog contains the sermon manuscript and video for a message preached June 7, 2015 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You can…

    • Qualifications by: billnieporte

      July 5, 2015, 15:39

      Today’s blog contains the sermon manuscript and video for a message preached July 5, 2015 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You…

    • Was Jesus Forsaken By His Father? by: billnieporte

      October 9, 2015, 15:13

      I used to believe that God turned his back on Jesus at the cross.  The reason for my blind acceptance of this idea is that the Sunday School teachers and…

    • 4th Annual Fall Festival October 18, 2-5PM by: billnieporte

      October 12, 2015, 10:37

      The 4th Annual PABC Fall Festival 

    • Resolution Affirming the Meaninglessness of Resolutions Passed By The Baptist General Association of Virginia by: billnieporte

      November 5, 2015, 18:08

      No doubt it will never make it past the "Resolutions Committee" to the floor for debate and discussion at the BGAV meeting next week, but I will be submitting…

    • Honor Killings by: billnieporte

      July 9, 2016, 13:44

      Unable to sleep, I found a Roku channel with over 1000 Ted Talks. Listening to former Jimmy Carter talk about "honor killings" in some places, where a girl is…

    • #YourLifeMatters by: billnieporte

      July 9, 2016, 13:49

      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…

    • The Church Today by: billnieporte

      November 2, 2016, 12:13

      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…

    • Holy Monday, Temple Cleansinng, and Violence by: billnieporte

      April 10, 2017, 15:17

      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…

  • Category: Bible Studies  (129)
    • Sexual Abuse by: billnieporte

      February 25, 2011, 07:53

      Read  II Samuel 13:1-2, 6-15, 19-22 In my ministry, I have encountered dozens of individuals who have been victims of sexual abuse.  I’ve met young men…

    • God's Greatest Gift by: billnieporte

      October 11, 2013, 05:10

      There is a proverb which says, "“No gift is truly ours till we have thanked the giver.” We've come to the end of our week of reflection on Luke…

    • Star Trek and the state of our churches by: billnieporte

      September 22, 2010, 06:35

      Refuse to Compromise - Daniel 1:3-5, 8-16 Star Trek:  First Contact, was one of the hit movies of the franchise.  It pitted Captain Jean-Luc Picard…

    • Drunk With Power - Daniel 5:1-7, 25-28 by: billnieporte

      October 4, 2010, 03:15

      Vern McLellan has written:  “Drinking is something that makes one lose inhibitions and give exhibitions.”  This was certainly true of King Belshazzar…

    • Stand By Faith - Daniel 3:14, 16-25 by: billnieporte

      October 14, 2010, 03:45

      “I believe in the ‘golden rule,’” a man told me.  “The one who has the gold rules.”  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would not have agreed. …

    • Why Hope? Isaiah 40:-11, 25-31  by: billnieporte

      October 14, 2010, 04:06

      In his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankel argued that the “loss of hope and courage can have a deadly effect on a man.”  As a result of his…

    • Have You Ever Met These People by: billnieporte

      October 16, 2010, 02:56

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    • Who Is Jesus? by: billnieporte

      October 16, 2010, 03:28

      Who Is Jesus?  If you do an internet search of the name “Jesus,” you'll have to admit he's a popular person. One search engine produced over…

    • The Prodigal  by: billnieporte

      October 20, 2010, 09:13

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    • Invitation - Isaiah 55:1-2, 6-12 by: billnieporte

      November 2, 2010, 04:14

      In 539 B. C.E., under the leadership of King Cyrus, Persia became the dominant power in the world by defeating the Babylonian empire. After coming to power,…

    • Celebrating the Achievement - Ezra 6:14-22 by: billnieporte

      November 4, 2010, 08:27

      Kaufmann Kohler states in the Jewish Encyclopedia that no language has as many words for “joy” and “rejoicing” as does Hebrew.  In the Old Testament,…

    • Make the Hard Choices by: billnieporte

      November 11, 2010, 07:45

       Ezra 9:1-10:18 (Focal Passage:  Ezra 9:1-3, 10:9-14)  I don’t like this passage of scripture.  That’s probably not what you expect to read from a…

    • Leadership Makes A Difference by: billnieporte

      November 12, 2010, 04:44

      In his book Developing the Leader Within You, John Maxwell defines a leader as a person of influence.  When a leader speaks, people listen.  When a leader…

    • Coping With Opposition by: billnieporte

      January 15, 2015, 02:00

      Richmond Skyline While living in Louisville, Kentucky (while attending seminary many more years ago than I would like to admit) I was briefly employed as a…

    • Included - Luke 7:41-50 by: billnieporte

      November 13, 2010, 01:31

      So, this fellow invited Jesus to dinner. He was an upstanding citizen in his community and extremely loyal to his church.  Everything was going just fine,…

    • Old Johnny Is Included by: billnieporte

      November 14, 2010, 01:10

      I once served as a volunteer in a mission for homeless men.  My job was to serve the evening meal and spend some time in fellowship with the men staying in…

    • The Incarnation Means You Are Included by: billnieporte

      November 14, 2010, 01:20

      The First Letter of John was written for many reasons.  John states three of those reasons in the text.  He says he wrote to satisfy his joy (1:4), to warn…

    • Life After Life by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2010, 05:43

      Read John 11 - Our society is preoccupied with issues related to  “life after death.”  Books, articles and television programs have addressed the…

    • You Are Included by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2010, 06:21

      Read John 15:9-17 - Some of the best and some of the worst moments of my life have to do with being chosen...(or not chosen--as the case may be)  I…

    • Incredible Shrinking Hope Restored by: billnieporte

      November 19, 2010, 09:12

      We feel like we are at the end of our rope. We are afraid that the hopeless despair of our society will eventually overwhelm and defeat us.

    • When Does Worship Happen? by: billnieporte

      November 24, 2010, 14:30

      Isaiah 6:1-8 - Many worship leaders have used the Scripture passage for today’s scripture reading as a call to worship.  Certainly that is fitting,…

    • What Happened At The Cross? by: billnieporte

      December 1, 2010, 06:54

      I am passionate about biblical theology.  That means I often get in trouble with some people who have heard all their lives that some doctrine they believe is…

    • Top Ten List Of Gratitude by: billnieporte

      November 25, 2010, 06:20

      Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

    • Advent Conspiracy: Worship Fully by: billnieporte

      November 29, 2010, 04:55

      Read Matthew 24:1-15.  It’s right there, a message of hope found smack in the middle of a passage devoted to the pain and sorrow found inhuman sin and…

    • Your God Isn’t Angry With You by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2010, 09:21

      In a recent post (What Happened At The Cross? -  http://nieporte.name/?p=1017) I stated my conviction that the “penal substitution” view of atonement was…

    • Some Reflections On The Cross & Incarnation by: billnieporte

      December 4, 2010, 14:15

      “The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us…” John 1 Do you remember the Chilean miners who were trapped back in August under 700,000 tons of collapsed…

    • The Rightous Branch by: billnieporte

      December 9, 2010, 10:05

      Read Isaiah 11:1-9 - Those of you who have visited our nation’s capital are aware that throughout that city, there are several statues of national and world…

    • You Are Free To Spend Less by: billnieporte

      December 6, 2010, 07:17

      I talked a bit about John the Baptizer this morning.  This guy gets my vote as the strangest guy in the New Testament.  Of course, that oddness is accentuated…

    • Are You Ready For Christmas? by: billnieporte

      December 6, 2010, 23:38

      Read Matthew 3:1-12 - “Are you ready for Christmas?” I’ve already heard that question a half-dozen times – and Christmas is still nineteen days away…

    • The Servant by: billnieporte

      December 12, 2010, 03:02

      Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, won a strategic battle with comparative ease and little loss of life. When asked for an explanation of his victory over…

    • Jesus Does Not Want To Enter Your Life by: billnieporte

      December 8, 2010, 06:09

      Steve McVey (http://gracewalk.org) posted a blog several months back that I copied and saved.  What Steve had to write is essential to having a clear…

    • The Wonderful Child Of Hope by: billnieporte

      December 10, 2010, 06:42

      Read Isaiah 7:10-12, 14; 9:2-7 - In a Peanuts comic strip, we see Lucy seated under her sign that reads, “Psychiatrist – Advice: 5 cents.”  Charlie…

    • Have One Hell Of A Christmas by: billnieporte

      December 17, 2010, 06:17

      I wonder why so many of my fellow preachers seem more interested in scaring the hell out of people rather than telling them about the good news about the life…

    • Adopted by: billnieporte

      December 15, 2010, 04:19

      This post is from a new friend, Jonathan Stepp, found on his wonderful blog, http://www.theadoptedlife.org Adoption is a powerful idea. It is the idea that…

    • Some Guy Jumped Me At The Mall by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2011, 06:32

      A few weeks back, as the Christmas shopping season began, I was jumped by a guy at the mall.  The guy did not have a knife or a gun.  His weapons were a…

    • The Ugly Side Of Christmas by: billnieporte

      December 26, 2010, 11:51

      Read Matthew 2:16-18 - On this Sunday after Christmas – on what is one of the traditionally low attendance Sunday’s of the year, I have decided to do…

    • Have A Grace-Filled New Year by: billnieporte

      January 1, 2011, 09:13

      As I write these thoughts, it’s “New Year’s Eve!”  In just a few hours (5 ½ hours as I begin writing these thoughts) 2010 will be history and 2011…

    • Is Grace Enough by: billnieporte

      January 4, 2011, 06:47

      Read: Luke 17:5-6 It was a long time ago (a very long time ago, in fact).  Still the words have stayed with me for more than a quarter-century! I was…

    • Are You A “Poop Machine?” by: billnieporte

      January 15, 2011, 03:16

      Frightened by the clamor of thunder in the night, a little child cried out.  Holding her securely in his arms, her father explained that she needn’t…

    • Making The Grade by: billnieporte

      January 26, 2011, 08:19

      Oh, the memories.  It’s mid-term exams week in area high schools, and my son, Michael, is at the dining room table.  Tomorrow’s tests are in Technology…

    • What Does It Mean To Be Missional? by: billnieporte

      January 31, 2011, 10:14

      Do you remember that fellow who was possessed by demons?  He was called "legion."  (You can read about him here: Luke 8:26-39).  I think I met him what i…

    • “O Goodie! It’s Time For Refreshments!” by: billnieporte

      February 4, 2011, 08:33

      So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on…

    • Leaving “Shittim” by: billnieporte

      February 6, 2011, 03:35

      Read Joshua 3 "Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the star ship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek…

    • “Clean Shirt…New Shoes” by: billnieporte

      February 7, 2011, 05:21

      Last post I began looking at Joshua 3.  Heard the comment that if we want to move forward on journey with God, we need to leave “Shittim.”  That’s…

    • Vinyls, Eight-tracks, Cassettes, CDs, Ipods by: billnieporte

      February 7, 2011, 23:37

      We are continuing the theme from two recent blogs (learning lessons from Joshua 3).  We know that the people of Israel are on a journey with God.  We’ve…

    • Engage by: billnieporte

      February 11, 2011, 02:41

      I began commenting on Joshua 3 a few blogs ago with some discussion about the iconic show, “Star Trek.”  I said that the journey into the Promised Land…

    • Intellectually Bankrupt by: billnieporte

      February 11, 2011, 07:16

      Read 1 John 5:1 – 12  It has always fascinated me that so many in the church spend a great deal of their time attempting to find scientific and historical…

    • Suicide and Assisted Suicide by: billnieporte

      February 17, 2011, 09:38

      Read:  I Samuel 31:1-13, Psalms 94:17, 139:15-16; Jeremiah 10:23; James 5:10-11 Reviewing my journal, I discovered that 1997 was filled with many interestin…

    • Life by: billnieporte

      February 25, 2011, 04:53

       Read:  Genesis 1:26-31; Psalm 8:1-9; Matthew 12:9-14 Oh boy, I am afraid it is going to hit the fan now – especially with my more progressive or…

    • The ONEness of God by: billnieporte

      March 3, 2011, 00:23

      Read Ephesians 4:3-6  (This is an old document that I dusted off from many years ago!  I am sure that some of the thoughts and references are not original,…

    • Religious Magic by: billnieporte

      March 8, 2011, 03:57

      One of greatest forms of entertainment today is provided by good magicians.  Anytime any magician performs anywhere I want to be a part of the audience.  I…

    • I'm Just Saying...SEX, SEX, SEX by: billnieporte

      March 10, 2011, 09:39

      Read Song of Songs 2:3-17; 4:1-7; 5:10-16; 7:11-13 "I'm Just Saying... SEX" Okay, now that I have your attention. My last post was about Rob Bell's…

    • Friendship by: billnieporte

      March 11, 2011, 11:19

      Read I Samuel 20:1-42 “Real men don’t cry at movies!” I got this sagely admonition from an adult male when I was a teenager. I’ve tried to live…

    • LOVE by: billnieporte

      March 12, 2011, 09:54

      Read I Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13 Recently, I received a wonderful compliment about my church. A person, who has been a guest in our worship services told…

    • Nicodemus by: billnieporte

      March 16, 2011, 12:54

      The following is a segment of the sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent, based on John 3:1-17.  The title “Pharisee” means “the separated ones.” …

    • Confessional Prayer by: billnieporte

      March 24, 2011, 08:44

      Read Daniel 9 I am privileged to serve the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. Situated in an established Richmond neighborhood, the…

    • Amazing Grace by: billnieporte

      March 25, 2011, 07:38

      Read I John 3:1; 4:7-18 He left school at age 11. He made his living on the ocean. In time, he became the captain of his own ship. He earned profit by…

    • You Want A Revolution by: billnieporte

      March 25, 2011, 22:56

      As we make our way through LENT, I have been thinking about ADVENT. That makes sense because Incarnation and Atonement are tied together - and they mean more…

    • LIGHT by: billnieporte

      April 1, 2011, 09:03

      John 9:1-41 tells a story about blindness and sight, darkness and light.  On the one hand, this is a story about Jesus giving sight to a man born blind –…

    • LIGHT (continued) - Garbage In, Garbage Out! by: billnieporte

      April 1, 2011, 14:39

      This is the continuation from the previous post based on John 9 (the story of the man "born blind."  Jesus and the disciples pass by a man blind since…

    • This Christianity Thing Is Beyond Belief by: billnieporte

      April 3, 2011, 03:27

      Oswald Chambers wrote:  “There is a difference between devotion to principles and devotion to a person.  Hundreds of people today are devoting themselves…

    • Freed From Guilt by: billnieporte

      April 5, 2011, 06:19

      Imagine the scene.  Jesus and His disciples are at a dinner party in the home of a prominent Pharisee.  Everyone is talking theology and politics.  The…

    • Almighty God Is Singing To You Right Now: "Take A Chance On Me!" by: billnieporte

      April 15, 2011, 07:04

      "I'm just saying..." I heard an old song on the radio today.  It got me thinking.  The lyrics contained a line:  "Take a chance on me!" I imagined the…

    • Easter Gift: Freedom by: billnieporte

      April 22, 2011, 03:20

      Read John 8: 14-36  In John 8:14-36, we are reminded of the fact that as human beings apart from grace, we are enslaved to sin.  We will also learn that…

    • Easter Gift: The Ability To SEE What God Is Really Like by: billnieporte

      April 23, 2011, 22:25

      Read John 9: 1-41  The theme for my last post was Jesus’ claim to be the “light of the world” (8:12).  As the events of chapter 9 unfold, we see…

    • Osama Bin Laden, Abortion, Guns, Lust, Wars, Pro-Life - all in one essay that is rather disjuntive and free flowing, sort of like this title by: billnieporte

      May 3, 2011, 08:11

       READ Genesis 1:27, Matthew 5:13-45 In a recent conversation among friends, one person remarked:  “I am opposed to abortion, but I am not a single issue…

    • This Is Discipleship by: billnieporte

      May 6, 2011, 10:05

      Read   John 10: 1-30 Nearly all of the teachings and actions of Jesus found in chapters 5-10 of John’s gospel are somehow related to one of the many…

    • Running and Running and Running by: billnieporte

      May 12, 2011, 09:45

      As a child one of my favorite places to visit was the pet store.  In fact, I still like visiting the pet store.  I liked seeing the lineup of puppies and…

    • Jesus IS Everlasting Life by: billnieporte

      May 13, 2011, 15:18

      I preached about Lazarus during Lent, as the lectionary suggests.  But I have always felt that this text deserves some attention during the Easter…

    • How Grace Changes You by: billnieporte

      May 19, 2011, 23:29

      A tremendous thrill swept through Jericho in anticipation of Jesus’ arrival. This was nothing unusual. An appearance by Jesus always caused some sort of…

    • What Is Jesus Really Looking For From Us? by: billnieporte

      May 23, 2011, 23:16

      Read Luke 17:11-17 Why did only one cleansed leper return to thank Jesus?  The following are nine suggested reasons why the nine did not return: One…

    • Wanting It The Way Things USE TO BE by: billnieporte

      June 14, 2011, 20:51

      Have you ever felt nostalgic for the good old days?  Have you ever experienced a longing and yearning for the way things use to be? I remember once…

    • THE END OF THE WORLD by: billnieporte

      June 16, 2011, 22:21

      Read Mark 13:1-10 Have you ever had a song that has been stuck in your head and you just can’t get it out of there? Sometimes it’s a commercial…

    • Giving Your Best Is Not Enough by: billnieporte

      June 21, 2011, 14:03

      Read Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) There was a time when almost every child in America had at least three sets of clothing. They had school clothes, play clothes,…

    • A Pushy Prayer From People At Wits End by: billnieporte

      July 13, 2011, 22:43

      There are a lot of people waxing prophetic about the end of the good old USA, our way of life, the struggling economy - the entire globe, in fact, is (to…

    • Getting Unstuck by: billnieporte

      July 16, 2011, 08:35

      The Story:  Ascension Through Pentecost The disciple’s have been peppering Jesus with questions about when Israel might be freed and its kingdom…

    • 21 Day Challenge by: billnieporte

      July 20, 2011, 10:51

      Read John 14:12-14 Jesus said that we would do "greater things" than he did.  Wow!  What a promise! Ready to claim it?  Here are a few steps,…

    • Whooohooo - My Ship Has Finally Come IN by: billnieporte

      July 22, 2011, 10:56

      I got a terrific letter in the mail: "Dear Dr. William M. Nieporte: Results are in and final.  I am proud to announce that you are our newest winner with…

    • Doubters and Skeptics Take Note by: billnieporte

      August 3, 2011, 05:57

      In his book, Man's Search for Meaning, Victor Frankel argued that the "loss of hope and courage can have a deadly effect on man."  As a result of his…

    • Shepherd by: billnieporte

      August 1, 2011, 05:32

      In the gospels Jesus once referred to himself as a shepherd.  He also siad that his disciples are those who hear voice follow him.  I was not exactly sure…

    • Fear and Faith by: billnieporte

      July 31, 2011, 07:14

      We all live with fear.  At one level, that's a good thing.  It is great that we have a bit of fear when walking across several lanes of traffic at the height…

    • A New Reason and Purpose For Living by: billnieporte

      August 6, 2011, 06:24

      The Reverend Thomas Chalmers, a nineteenth-century Scottish preacher, once preached a sermon using LUKE 8:26-39 as his text.  He titled his sermon:  “The…

    • Have You Ever Been Tired? by: billnieporte

      September 7, 2011, 21:54

      Do you remember the movie, El Cid?  Charlton Heston, in the title role, led a Spanish army in a series of battles against the invading Moors.  Just before…

    • Thoughts from William Barclay by: billnieporte

      September 19, 2011, 23:18

      Commenting on Ephesians 2:1-10, the world-renowned Scottish New Testament interpreter wrote: "Sometimes Christianity is presented in such a way that it…

    • The Founder of the "Occupy" Movement by: billnieporte

      November 22, 2011, 04:02

      I heard about a fellow who was the originator of the "Occupy" movement we hear so much about. He started his occupation on a proverbial soapbox not far…

    • Abraham by: billnieporte

      November 26, 2011, 07:23

      by Mike Feazell As a boy I heard the story of Abraham recounted at least once a week, and it usually went something like this: “God told Abraham to…

    • What Are You Worth? by: billnieporte

      November 27, 2011, 06:43

      by Joseph Tkach Two years ago, a lock of Elvis  Presley’s hair that had been preserved by a fan was sold at auction for fifteen  thousand dollars. And…

    • Feasting on the Word - My favorite Bible study resource by: billnieporte

      January 7, 2012, 06:55

      The Word Feasting on the Word When it comes to feasting on the Word, we preachers have learned that there are no better guides than Barbara Brown Taylor…

    • Legacy  by: billnieporte

      December 19, 2011, 15:10

      Every day in so many ways, we are trying to create our sense of value and worth. We engage in so many building plans to establish our Legacy. The message of…

    • The Shack Revisited by Dr. C. Baxter Kruger by: billnieporte

      October 2, 2012, 14:09

      "Dr. Baxter Kruger's "revisits" Wm. Paul Young classic best seller "The Shack" in his new book "The Shack Revisited!" There is a revival happening - a…

    • The Shack Revisted (Book Review) by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2012, 04:41

      In my review of Paul Young's best-selling book "The Shack," I encouraged folks not to read that book as a work of theology, but as religious fiction.  That…

    • The Baxter Kruger Book Collection by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2012, 07:16

      Jesus and the Undoing of Adam by: C. Baxter Kruger publisher: Perichoresis, Inc., published: 2007-09-01 ASIN: 0964546558 EAN: 9780964546554 sales…

    • I Am a Spirit, Who has a Soul, Living in a Body by: billnieporte

      June 9, 2013, 05:41

      I am a spirit, who has a soul, living in a body.  I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus…

    • Wearing Your Sunday Best by: billnieporte

      July 16, 2013, 13:38

      Giving Your Best Is Not Enough Scripture Lesson: Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)           There was a time when almost every child in America had at least…

    • Lord, Have Mercy by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2013, 13:15

      Luke 17:11-14 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who…

    • All Are Included by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2013, 19:28

      Wow!  Amen!  Praise the Lord!  What a wonderful story! Luke 17:11-14  11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria…

    • Thanks by: billnieporte

      October 10, 2013, 13:44

      When Jesus saw that only one of the former lepers expressed gratitude, he was astonished.  He asked three questions:  “Were not ten healed?”  “Where…

    • Hopelessness and Hope by: billnieporte

      October 16, 2013, 10:14

      Argy was a sweet old fellow, a member of the first church I served after seminary.  I visited him shortly after hearing that he had been diagnosed with…

    • From Fiddler on the Roof by: billnieporte

      October 15, 2013, 10:45

      One of my favorite movies/musicals is Fiddler on the Roof - and one of the best song in that musical takes place when Tevye turns to his wife, Golda (a woman…

    • In God We Trust by: billnieporte

      October 18, 2013, 10:35

       So here's the parable (Luke 18:1-8). The setting is a village courthouse.  It's a place where people go to get justice, to be treated fairly, to find a…

    • Free Andrew Murray Ebook - "Humility" by: billnieporte

      October 19, 2013, 00:26

      I am blessed to have a wonderful trainer down at the gym.  His named is Wesley. Thanks to his workout routines, I continue to loose weight, increase…

    • The Process of Living by: billnieporte

      October 19, 2013, 11:49

      Remember my friend Argy?  (I referenced him a couple of posts ago - you can find that blog post here.) Upon finding her was terminally ill with cancer, he…

    • A Process of Living - Luke 18:1-8 (Video & Manuscript Sermon) by: billnieporte

      October 22, 2013, 05:17

      A Process of Living  This sermon was preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, on October 20, 2013. Included below the video…

    • Papa by: billnieporte

      October 25, 2013, 10:17

      I got into a conversation with a young entrepreneurial mom at a local bookstore.  She spoke with me about some of the reasons she did not believe in…

    • God Invites You To Intimacy by: billnieporte

      October 30, 2013, 15:04

      In recent blog posts, I have told you about a young woman whom I met at a nearby bookstore.  She had a baby in a stroller and a mobile office.  She was…

    • The Healing Power Of Confession by: billnieporte

      November 7, 2013, 00:45

      The Healing Power Of Confession Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth…” Philippians 2:11: “Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess…”…

    • Getting Off The Roundabout  by: billnieporte

      November 7, 2013, 07:31

      Have you ever been stuck on a roundabout? I only know of one roundabout in the metro Richmond area, over near the White Oak Shopping Center, but there may…

    • Dumb, Silly, Foolish, Ridiculous Questions by: billnieporte

      November 11, 2013, 06:42

      Many years ago, I started a collection of " stupid questions.  It started when my son, Michael (now age 17) was just a little kid. I looked for a moment to…

    • Question: "Who Gave You The Right...?" by: billnieporte

      November 12, 2013, 00:18

      Here are some more "stupid questions" If you mated a bull dog and a shitsu, would it be called a bulls***? Why is Grape Nuts cereal called that, when it…

    • About Paying Your Taxes by: billnieporte

      November 12, 2013, 20:12

      What are imitation rhinestones? What do batteries run on? What do chickens think we taste like? What do penguins wear for play clothes? What do…

    • Dumb Questions by: billnieporte

      November 14, 2013, 12:20

      Why do they call it a "Television Set" when there's only one? How fast do you need to cook for it to be considered "Fast Food"? Why do they imply the…

    • Can God Love Somebody Like Me? by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2013, 04:05

      In the last several post, we have explored the challenging questions Jesus face from the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees - all recorded in Luke 20.  "…

    • AUTHORITY From The Cross by: billnieporte

      November 25, 2013, 07:16

      Authority From The Cross - Luke 23:33-43 The sermon was preached on November 24, 2013, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in…

    • When Your Life Passes Before Your Eyes by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2013, 04:42

      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…

    • God Emptied Himself - Advent Reflection by: billnieporte

      December 3, 2013, 23:52

      God Emptied Himself Philippian 2:5-11 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,     did not…

    • Moving Beyond Belief by: billnieporte

      December 5, 2013, 05:52

      Read Luke 5:1-11 Oswald Chambers wrote:  “There is a difference between devotion to principles and devotion to a person. Hundreds of people today are…

    • The Prophet - Matthew 3:1-12 by: billnieporte

      December 10, 2013, 09:37

      The Prophet Here's another older sermon about John the Baptizer - based on Matthew 3:1-12! A seasoned member of the clergy spoke about the difficulties…

    • Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow! by: billnieporte

      December 11, 2013, 09:44

      We've been getting ready for Christmas around here. We've got a new Christmas tree in the education building. We've order and will place poinsettias in the…

    • Doing "Evangelism" Starting With Grace by: billnieporte

      March 15, 2014, 10:35

      For those who preach, teach, or otherwise share the Gospel...we should always lead with GRACE. Consider these words from Baxter Kruger:  "We make a mistake…

    • Religion Addiction by: billnieporte

      March 17, 2014, 04:03

      Religion Addiction Scripture Lesson: John 3:1-17 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to…

    • CAT by: billnieporte

      March 26, 2014, 22:07

      While beginning preparations for this sermon (snowed in, stuck at home) I could hear my CAT upstairs screaming for everyone attention.  Like most cats, she…

    • Does A Person Need To Turn To God To Be Forgiven? by: billnieporte

      August 20, 2014, 11:13

      I noticed something in a review of Luke 15 that got me thinking.  Especially in light of a Facebook comment I read which said:  “Forgiveness doesn't start…

    • Lessons From A Busted Water Pipe by: billnieporte

      March 23, 2015, 05:49

      Alice turned 100 years old this past November.  She is actively involved in the life of our congregation.  She's been an active participant in this congregat…

    • Look Serious by: billnieporte

      March 25, 2015, 01:13

      Gloom, despair and agony an me, Deep, dark depression, Excessive misery. If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on…

    • Funeral Mediation for the Reverend Dan Stevens by: billnieporte

      June 10, 2015, 20:28

      Below is the funeral mediation honoring the Reverend Dan Steven's, former pastor of the Park View Baptist Church (now Patterson Avenue Baptist). Dan…

    • Seeing The Glass Overflowing by: billnieporte

      July 15, 2015, 20:51

      The manuscript for the sermon preached 7/12/15 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. Whenever you visit any blog, please be kind and help out the blog…

    • Was Jesus Forsaken By His Father? by: billnieporte

      October 9, 2015, 15:13

      I used to believe that God turned his back on Jesus at the cross.  The reason for my blind acceptance of this idea is that the Sunday School teachers and…

    • Holy Monday, Temple Cleansinng, and Violence by: billnieporte

      April 10, 2017, 15:17

      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…

    • Holy Wednesday, Debates and Discourse About the Temple by: billnieporte

      April 13, 2017, 15:48

      Holy Wednesday Debates and Discourse About the Temple (Matthew 24-25) While a student in seminary I worked for about nine months as the youth minister of…

  • Category: Book Reviews  (51)

    Reflections on some good books

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  • Category: Evangelism  (41)
    • Name It by: billnieporte

      July 29, 2009, 06:07

      Heard a great story the other day as told by Evangelist Billy Graham. Rev. Graham was in another country, in a region without much in the way of mass…

    • Incestuous Relationships in the Church by: billnieporte

      July 30, 2010, 02:50

      Incestuous Relationships in the Church by Paul Donnan (This and other blogs by Paul can be found at http://well-beings.blogspot.com/) Sound like a…

    • The Cat And Dog Test by: billnieporte

      August 12, 2009, 03:40

      When speaking about being a Christian witness, Chinese missionary Hudson Taylor used to suggest what he called “the cat and dog test.”    Taylor…

    • Who Is Jesus? by: billnieporte

      October 16, 2010, 03:28

      Who Is Jesus?  If you do an internet search of the name “Jesus,” you'll have to admit he's a popular person. One search engine produced over…

    • Penn Teller Gets A Bible by: billnieporte

      October 26, 2010, 05:57

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    • Life After Life by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2010, 05:43

      Read John 11 - Our society is preoccupied with issues related to  “life after death.”  Books, articles and television programs have addressed the…

    • Your God Isn’t Angry With You by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2010, 09:21

      In a recent post (What Happened At The Cross? -  http://nieporte.name/?p=1017) I stated my conviction that the “penal substitution” view of atonement was…

    • Review of Rob Bell's "Love Wins" by: billnieporte

      March 17, 2011, 05:06

      “I have written this book for all those, everywhere, who have heard some version of the Jesus story that caused their pulse rate to rise, their…

    • If you can't forgive, let Papa-God do it instead by: billnieporte

      July 19, 2011, 07:42

      Recently I found myself in the Emergency Room of a hospital here in Richmond, Virginia.  I was there to visit the family of a young child in my church who had…

    • Christmas In August with C.S. Lewis by: billnieporte

      August 4, 2011, 05:59

      In C.S. Lewis' book "The Loin, The Witch and the Wardrobe," readers are taken to the mythical land of Narnia.  When Narnia is living under the authority of…

    • Recover The WOW-Factor by: billnieporte

      July 28, 2011, 06:46

      Sherry was an attractive girl – very attractive.  She dressed well, had a great smile, a warm personality, and an infectious giggle.  Her favorite word was…

    • What's Happening In The Church by: billnieporte

      August 9, 2011, 00:50

      A church in my community recently fired its pastor.  It was a small number of folks who spearheaded the effort.  It’s a big church – or it was.  One…

    • TranceFormation by: billnieporte

      October 7, 2011, 12:12

      The month of October at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church will feature a series of sermons based on Acts 10:1-11:18.  These sermons were inspired by my friend…

    • Rooftop Crisis by: billnieporte

      October 20, 2011, 04:57

      The church (especially in the west) is experiencing a major crisis.  This might me the end.  Or it could be an occassion for an awakening - an opportunity…

    • Do Something New by: billnieporte

      November 1, 2011, 01:11

      This is the final sermon post from the "Rooftop" series, based on Acts 10:1-11-18. The messages aims to inspire the congregation to do the NEW THING All…

    • Challenging Days by: billnieporte

      November 6, 2011, 10:04

      Challenges require faith, hope, commitment, and tremendous levels of courageous faith.  If these qualities are brought to the table, challenges can be met and…

    • Courage For the Small Church Pastor by: billnieporte

      November 25, 2011, 01:29

      Here's the truth - at least as I'm living it right now.  We had 58 people in church last Sunday and we were thrilled!  We had a great worship experience.…

    • Pastoring Is Rocket Science by: billnieporte

      November 29, 2011, 11:45

      Five years ago we began Brand New Church with hope and anticipation. My desire was to be a part of work that changed lives, inspired the seeking, fed the…

    • Jesus Is My Life by: billnieporte

      September 23, 2012, 03:28

      I use to preach Jesus as Savior. While I think that is true, it turns out it is not enough. That makes Christianity little more than fire insurance, and it…

    • The Implications of the Ascension on the Christian Life and Mission of the Church - Video Sermon by: billnieporte

      May 14, 2013, 04:12

      This sermon was preached on May 12, 2013 at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church What does Jesus Ascension mean" What are the implications of Jesus…

    • Would You Be Mine, Could You Be Mine, Won't You Be My Neighbor? by: billnieporte

      July 15, 2013, 08:42

      The sermon video below is from the July 14, 2013 worship gathering of the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  Immediately below the video you'll find the…

    • What Is God Like? by: billnieporte

      October 24, 2013, 12:07

       This week I am exploring the question:  "What is God like?" or "What do you (I) believe about God?"  This conversation began because of a conversation I…

    • Moving from Missional to Incarnational  by: billnieporte

      November 2, 2013, 11:45

      I have a friend who started a church in one of the most secularized regions of Virginia Beach.  He worked for a year to build relationships and friendships…

    • Can God Love Somebody Like Me? by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2013, 04:05

      In the last several post, we have explored the challenging questions Jesus face from the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees - all recorded in Luke 20.  "…

    • Moving Beyond Belief by: billnieporte

      December 5, 2013, 05:52

      Read Luke 5:1-11 Oswald Chambers wrote:  “There is a difference between devotion to principles and devotion to a person. Hundreds of people today are…

    • Doing "Evangelism" Starting With Grace by: billnieporte

      March 15, 2014, 10:35

      For those who preach, teach, or otherwise share the Gospel...we should always lead with GRACE. Consider these words from Baxter Kruger:  "We make a mistake…

    • Religion Addiction by: billnieporte

      March 17, 2014, 04:03

      Religion Addiction Scripture Lesson: John 3:1-17 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to…

    • Book Review: "Cosmos Reborn" by John Crowder by: billnieporte

      April 10, 2014, 04:45

      Just finished reading a complimentary copy of John Crowder’s book:  “Cosmos Reborn.”  I get occasional copies of books for review as a part of the…

    • You Were Created For MORE by: billnieporte

      September 17, 2014, 07:43

      Before the foundation of the world, God created you to enjoy life in the Triune fellowship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.That fellowship - that…

    • SOS by: billnieporte

      October 28, 2014, 07:54

      Here's the manuscript and video for the sermon preached on October 27, 2014, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. You can watch the…

    • It's Not About Heaven Or Hell by: billnieporte

      January 6, 2015, 13:59

      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…

    • A Love Worth Giving by: billnieporte

      February 4, 2015, 01:14

      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…

    • Friends of Jesus (manuscript and video sermon) by: billnieporte

      June 6, 2015, 14:43

      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…

    • The God Revealed In Jesus Christ by: billnieporte

      June 6, 2015, 15:00

      Here you will find a blog post containing the sermon manuscript and video for the sermon from May 31, 2015 (Trinity Sunday) which was preached at the…

    • Wacky Christians (Think Different) Video Manuscript Sermon by: billnieporte

      June 7, 2015, 17:20

      Today's blog contains the sermon manuscript and video for a message preached June 7, 2015 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You can…

    • Funeral Mediation for the Reverend Dan Stevens by: billnieporte

      June 10, 2015, 20:28

      Below is the funeral mediation honoring the Reverend Dan Steven's, former pastor of the Park View Baptist Church (now Patterson Avenue Baptist). Dan…

    • Rebuilding by: billnieporte

      August 8, 2015, 17:08

      My forehead is missing through most of the sermon video (but its not my best feature, anyways).  Oh, and I SING near the end, as the congregation and I…

    • Around the World (Sermon video and manuscript) by: billnieporte

      September 21, 2015, 10:17

      The sermon from September 13 2015, at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church is included in this blog post (both the video and the manuscript).   The sermon is…

    • Is There Hope? Easter Sermon Video and Manuscript by: billnieporte

      March 30, 2016, 20:38

      Jesus Tresurrection gives us hope, not merely for life after death – but for LIVING LIFE in the here and now. his post contains the sermon preaching on…

    • Henrico's Finest by: billnieporte

      July 9, 2016, 13:47

      I stopped to get a drink of soda this afternoon from a fast-food-joint. This place has Coke-Zero, only slightly more healthy than the regular brand. A…

    • #YourLifeMatters by: billnieporte

      July 9, 2016, 13:49

      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…

  • Category: Grace Notes  (188)

    Devotional thoughts

    • A "Blankety Blank" Driver by: billnieporte

      January 17, 2015, 11:48

       There has never been a time in my life when I could have competed in any sort of “extreme sporting” event.  I am not much of a Daredevil!  Forget…

    • Surprising Places To See Jesus by: billnieporte

      January 16, 2015, 23:48

      Doug Marlette (1949-2007) was a gifted political cartoonist who worked for the Atlanta Constitution for many years.  At one point in his career, he ran a…

    • Watching The Weeds Grow by: billnieporte

      June 12, 2009, 21:39

      I’ve been watching the weeds replace my grass in the front yard at my home.  No matter what I do, I can’t seem to root up and do away with the weeds.   …

    • Stethoscope by: billnieporte

      June 16, 2009, 21:33

      This is a really fun video with a nice message. Please leave a comment here on the site sharing your thoughts.

    • Yogi Berra and Interpreting the Gospel by: billnieporte

      June 16, 2009, 23:27

       “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”  “I usually take a two-hour nap, from one o’clock to four.”  “You give a…

    • A Gospel For The Wacky  by: billnieporte

      November 4, 2013, 16:11

      I will be adding the video for this sermon in a separate post.  Below you will find the manuscript for a sermon titled:  "A Gospel for the Wacky" based on…

    • I resign, quit, surrender by: billnieporte

      January 22, 2015, 03:20

        Each one of us has a way of shutting things out, a way of shutting other people out, a way of shutting God out.  In the Hebrew Bible we read a story…

    • Pioneers or Settlers by: billnieporte

      July 2, 2009, 22:43

      We’ve all heard stories about the westward expansion of the United States.  Leading the way were the pioneers.  They were the forerunners who preceded…

    • Does Jesus Belong To Me? by: billnieporte

      February 17, 2015, 22:00

      In his book The Call to Conversion, Jim Wallis points out that the most commonly asked question in evangelism today is, “What can Jesus do for me?”Poten…

    • Make New Life Mean Something by: billnieporte

      July 21, 2009, 23:52

      In 1951 Sam Turner, a 29 year old serving an 8-year prison term near Atlanta, Georgia, saw an opportunity and took it.  Working on a road gang, Sam notice a…

    • Sing it to me again, Daddy. Sing it again. by: billnieporte

      February 3, 2015, 01:00

        Just After Singing "Happy Birthday" To Michelle (Age One" (Read Acts 1:1-14)   Some of my most interesting theological conversations have…

    • We Are People Of Hope by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2009, 00:47

      Several years ago a hydroelectric dam was to be built across a valley in New England.  The people in a small town in the valley were to be relocated because…

    • Advent Hope - Never Alone by: billnieporte

      December 1, 2009, 09:45

      Leonard Sweet tells a story about a certain Native American tribe that had a unique way of training young braves. On the night of a boy’s thirteenth…

    • The Instrusive Word of God by: billnieporte

      December 3, 2009, 09:37

      In her book Teaching a Stone to Talk, Annie Dillard marvels at the nonchalant way in which most Christians come the church.  We come to carpeted and…

    • More Blessed to Receive Than to Give by: billnieporte

      December 9, 2009, 00:01

      All the talk among adults at Christmas is about gift-giving.  What will we buy/make/give to our friends, family, loved ones, and especially to our children,…

    • Gracious Shalom by: billnieporte

      December 8, 2009, 08:37

      Shalom (the Hebrew word most often translated "peace") is never a negative.  It never refers to the absence of something (war, crime, hatred, racism). …

    • A Wilderness Wild Man by: billnieporte

      December 7, 2009, 07:05

      The Bible (in Luke 3:1-6) says the following:  "Tiberius Caesar had been ruling for 15 years. Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea. Herod was the ruler of…

    • I'd Rather Be Sailing by: billnieporte

      December 10, 2009, 09:31

      Heard this recently:  Two men who were next-door neighbors decided to go sailing while their wives went Christmas shopping. While they were out in the…

    • Can You Raise My Allowance? by: billnieporte

      December 11, 2009, 01:58

      “Dad, can you raise my allowance?” my son Michael asked. “Why do you need an increase?  What are you planning to buy?” I replied. “Well, I do…

    • Coming To The End Of Self-Sufficiency by: billnieporte

      January 12, 2010, 23:33

        Imagine…as the result of some sort of catastrophe, your church suddenly found itself without its building.     Discuss how the ministry of…

    • Grace Not Hate by: billnieporte

      March 3, 2010, 07:10

      Westboro Baptist The Westboro Baptist Church came to Richmond, V A today. Never heard of them?  Do a web search and you'll be amazed, I (hopefully)…

    • Remembering 911 by: billnieporte

      October 12, 2010, 23:11

      I came across some old files recently and found two sermons preached after 9-11.  I found myself back in the moment.  They speak to me not only about the…

    • 9-11 Followup by: billnieporte

      October 13, 2010, 03:03

      "I'm Just Saying..." Recently founds some old PC files from 2001 - following the events of September 11th.  The first was a sermon preached on a Wednesday…

    • The Prodigal  by: billnieporte

      October 20, 2010, 09:13

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    • Old Johnny Is Included by: billnieporte

      November 14, 2010, 01:10

      I once served as a volunteer in a mission for homeless men.  My job was to serve the evening meal and spend some time in fellowship with the men staying in…

    • Included - Luke 7:41-50 by: billnieporte

      November 13, 2010, 01:31

      So, this fellow invited Jesus to dinner. He was an upstanding citizen in his community and extremely loyal to his church.  Everything was going just fine,…

    • Life After Life by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2010, 05:43

      Read John 11 - Our society is preoccupied with issues related to  “life after death.”  Books, articles and television programs have addressed the…

    • You Are Included by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2010, 06:21

      Read John 15:9-17 - Some of the best and some of the worst moments of my life have to do with being chosen...(or not chosen--as the case may be)  I…

    • Is Church Dull?  by: billnieporte

      November 23, 2010, 06:08

      Let's start living the life we've been given to its fullest.

    • When Does Worship Happen? by: billnieporte

      November 24, 2010, 14:30

      Isaiah 6:1-8 - Many worship leaders have used the Scripture passage for today’s scripture reading as a call to worship.  Certainly that is fitting,…

    • What Happened At The Cross? by: billnieporte

      December 1, 2010, 06:54

      I am passionate about biblical theology.  That means I often get in trouble with some people who have heard all their lives that some doctrine they believe is…

    • The Rededication Ferris-Wheel by: billnieporte

      December 4, 2010, 10:27

      I got off the “rededication Ferris-Wheel” several years ago.  If you have spent any time in the typical church that employs the ritual of the alter-call,…

    • You Are Free To Spend Less by: billnieporte

      December 6, 2010, 07:17

      I talked a bit about John the Baptizer this morning.  This guy gets my vote as the strangest guy in the New Testament.  Of course, that oddness is accentuated…

    • Are You Ready For Christmas? by: billnieporte

      December 6, 2010, 23:38

      Read Matthew 3:1-12 - “Are you ready for Christmas?” I’ve already heard that question a half-dozen times – and Christmas is still nineteen days away…

    • Jesus Does Not Want To Enter Your Life by: billnieporte

      December 8, 2010, 06:09

      Steve McVey (http://gracewalk.org) posted a blog several months back that I copied and saved.  What Steve had to write is essential to having a clear…

    • The Rightous Branch by: billnieporte

      December 9, 2010, 10:05

      Read Isaiah 11:1-9 - Those of you who have visited our nation’s capital are aware that throughout that city, there are several statues of national and world…

    • Adopted by: billnieporte

      December 15, 2010, 04:19

      This post is from a new friend, Jonathan Stepp, found on his wonderful blog, http://www.theadoptedlife.org Adoption is a powerful idea. It is the idea that…

    • Some Guy Jumped Me At The Mall by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2011, 06:32

      A few weeks back, as the Christmas shopping season began, I was jumped by a guy at the mall.  The guy did not have a knife or a gun.  His weapons were a…

    • The Ugly Side Of Christmas by: billnieporte

      December 26, 2010, 11:51

      Read Matthew 2:16-18 - On this Sunday after Christmas – on what is one of the traditionally low attendance Sunday’s of the year, I have decided to do…

    • Why Did Jesus Come? by: billnieporte

      December 27, 2010, 05:10

      From my friend Steve McVey: Jesus didn’t come into the world so that the Father would change His mind about us. Your Father has never been angry with man…

    • Have A Grace-Filled New Year by: billnieporte

      January 1, 2011, 09:13

      As I write these thoughts, it’s “New Year’s Eve!”  In just a few hours (5 ½ hours as I begin writing these thoughts) 2010 will be history and 2011…

    • Baxter Kruger: Alternate Kingdoms by: billnieporte

      January 3, 2011, 09:30

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    • Is Grace Enough by: billnieporte

      January 4, 2011, 06:47

      Read: Luke 17:5-6 It was a long time ago (a very long time ago, in fact).  Still the words have stayed with me for more than a quarter-century! I was…

    • As You Wish by: billnieporte

      January 5, 2011, 08:39

      Read Matthew 3:13-17 One of my favorite novels is called The Princess Bride.  About twenty years ago, while I was a student in seminary, the book became…

    • Yes, Jesus Died For That Person by: billnieporte

      January 21, 2011, 10:21

      I was in line, ready to order a sandwich from one of my favorite eating establishments. There were several people in line in front of me. The line was slow…

    • Dusty Discipleship (Audio and Text) by: billnieporte

      January 24, 2011, 04:48

      Matthew 4:12-23 – Third Sunday After Epiphany, January 23, 2011 Also available for download & streaming audio at http://www.pattersonavenuebaptist.…

    • Making The Grade by: billnieporte

      January 26, 2011, 08:19

      Oh, the memories.  It’s mid-term exams week in area high schools, and my son, Michael, is at the dining room table.  Tomorrow’s tests are in Technology…

    • “O Goodie! It’s Time For Refreshments!” by: billnieporte

      February 4, 2011, 08:33

      So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on…

    • “Clean Shirt…New Shoes” by: billnieporte

      February 7, 2011, 05:21

      Last post I began looking at Joshua 3.  Heard the comment that if we want to move forward on journey with God, we need to leave “Shittim.”  That’s…

    • Have You Been Raised Right? by: billnieporte

      March 5, 2011, 12:06

      I'm Just Saying... I was recently introduced to a book by Ferrol Sams titled The Whisper of the River.  It is a story about a young boy, reared in Georgia,…

    • Religious Magic by: billnieporte

      March 8, 2011, 03:57

      One of greatest forms of entertainment today is provided by good magicians.  Anytime any magician performs anywhere I want to be a part of the audience.  I…

    • Does Love Win? by: billnieporte

      March 9, 2011, 06:49

      The net is all a buzz about the forth-coming book by Rob Bell titled:  “Love Wins!”  Not just the net, however!  There have been stories broadcast by…

    • Jack the Dog by: billnieporte

      March 22, 2011, 02:59

      Jack has been a part of our family for about 10 years. He is a dog that followed Michelle home from the bus stop when we were living in Charlotte, North…

    • Amazing Grace by: billnieporte

      March 25, 2011, 07:38

      Read I John 3:1; 4:7-18 He left school at age 11. He made his living on the ocean. In time, he became the captain of his own ship. He earned profit by…

    • You Want A Revolution by: billnieporte

      March 25, 2011, 22:56

      As we make our way through LENT, I have been thinking about ADVENT. That makes sense because Incarnation and Atonement are tied together - and they mean more…

    • Be Nice To The Lady With The Chicken by: billnieporte

      April 14, 2011, 09:19

      Christian Herter was running hard for reelection as Governor of Massachusetts, and one day he arrived late at a barbecue given in his honor.  He'd had no…

    • Running and Running and Running by: billnieporte

      May 12, 2011, 09:45

      As a child one of my favorite places to visit was the pet store.  In fact, I still like visiting the pet store.  I liked seeing the lineup of puppies and…

    • The most radical thing we can say: YOU ARE LOVED BY GOD by: billnieporte

      May 18, 2011, 06:15

      Read Ephesians 1:4-5; John 14:1-21, I john 4:8, and John 3:16-17 Here is some thoughts I have been scribbling down as I prepared sermons for the next two…

    • How Grace Changes You by: billnieporte

      May 19, 2011, 23:29

      A tremendous thrill swept through Jericho in anticipation of Jesus’ arrival. This was nothing unusual. An appearance by Jesus always caused some sort of…

    • About My Friends: Quick Quote From C.S. Lewis by: billnieporte

      May 27, 2011, 06:00

      Over the last few days I have been in a conference teaching listening skills, Bible-storying, and how these skills can be used to lead a church and disciple…

    • Divine Love Is More Than An Attribute - by Steve McVey by: billnieporte

      May 27, 2011, 08:46

      There are a couple of blogs that are "must-reads" for me.  Of this small list, Steve McVey (from GraceWalk Ministries) is at the top of the list.  You've…

    • Quick Quote: Thomas Torrance On Salvation by: billnieporte

      May 28, 2011, 03:10

      “To know this God, who both condescends to share all that we are and makes us share in all that He is in Jesus Christ, is to be lifted up in His Spirit to…

    • Giving Your Best Is Not Enough by: billnieporte

      June 21, 2011, 14:03

      Read Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) There was a time when almost every child in America had at least three sets of clothing. They had school clothes, play clothes,…

    • What Are You Worth? by: billnieporte

      July 10, 2011, 01:55

      According to the U.S. Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, the typical human body is made up of the following chemicals: • 65% Oxygen • 18% Carbon • 10%…

    • Do You Enjoy God? by: billnieporte

      July 18, 2011, 22:45

      In today’s post I want to ask you THE question for gauging your spiritual health. Are you ready? Here's the question: Do you enjoy God? Are you…

    • Changed by Grace by: billnieporte

      August 21, 2011, 07:09

      A tremendous thrill swept through Jericho in anticipation of Jesus’ arrival.  This was nothing unusual.  An appearance by Jesus always caused some sort of…

    • If you can't forgive, let Papa-God do it instead by: billnieporte

      July 19, 2011, 07:42

      Recently I found myself in the Emergency Room of a hospital here in Richmond, Virginia.  I was there to visit the family of a young child in my church who had…

    • Quick Quote: Christianity is NOT a Moral Code of Conduct according to C.S. Lewis by: billnieporte

      July 21, 2011, 04:51

      I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at first to be all about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and…

    • C.S. Lewis on "hating the sin and loving the sinner!" by: billnieporte

      July 21, 2011, 21:55

      I remember Christian teachers telling me long ago that I must hate a bad man's actions but not hate the bad man: or, as they would say, hate the sin but not…

    • The STAIN of Sin VS The CORE of Christianity by: billnieporte

      July 22, 2011, 00:11

      Last Saturday I stained my back deck.  In the process, I also stained my sidewalk, the side of the house, and the grass in my backyard.  Oh, the trees in the…

    • Cool by: billnieporte

      July 22, 2011, 23:52

      This is the closing prayer...and pretty much the jest of the sermon for this coming Sunday. Father, we are tired of struggling…tired of trying… tired of…

    • Claim the Promise by: billnieporte

      July 25, 2011, 22:17

      We don't take Jesus seriously. Think about it!  When was the last time you did any of the things Jesus did?  When was the last time you did anything…

    • Shepherd by: billnieporte

      August 1, 2011, 05:32

      In the gospels Jesus once referred to himself as a shepherd.  He also siad that his disciples are those who hear voice follow him.  I was not exactly sure…

    • Doubters and Skeptics Take Note by: billnieporte

      August 3, 2011, 05:57

      In his book, Man's Search for Meaning, Victor Frankel argued that the "loss of hope and courage can have a deadly effect on man."  As a result of his…

    • Living by Faith by: billnieporte

      August 5, 2011, 06:16

      Living by faith means living in response to God’s continual movements of grace.   Living by faith means that we trust Jesus to save us—to unite us with…

    • Christmas In August with C.S. Lewis by: billnieporte

      August 4, 2011, 05:59

      In C.S. Lewis' book "The Loin, The Witch and the Wardrobe," readers are taken to the mythical land of Narnia.  When Narnia is living under the authority of…

    • Recover The WOW-Factor by: billnieporte

      July 28, 2011, 06:46

      Sherry was an attractive girl – very attractive.  She dressed well, had a great smile, a warm personality, and an infectious giggle.  Her favorite word was…

    • Fear and Faith by: billnieporte

      July 31, 2011, 07:14

      We all live with fear.  At one level, that's a good thing.  It is great that we have a bit of fear when walking across several lanes of traffic at the height…

    • PEACE by: billnieporte

      July 27, 2011, 07:31

      For a time I worked as a Summer Youth Ministries Intern in Palatka, Florida.  The church was rather large, but Palatka was small.  It was location off Route…

    • Love by: billnieporte

      July 30, 2011, 07:06

      Fred Craddock tells the story of his father, who spent years of his life hiding from the God who was seeking him out. “When the pastor used to come from…

    • I am NOT a Legalist by: billnieporte

      August 5, 2011, 04:57

      Nobody will ever accuse my son of being a legalist... (Read the sign on the wall behind him!)  

    • Alive In Christ by: billnieporte

      August 9, 2011, 00:31

      Here is the sermon from Patterson Avenue Baptist, dated on July 31, based on Collossians 1 & 2, with special focus on 2:6-14. The though behind this…

    • Quick Quotes....T.F.Torrance by: billnieporte

      August 14, 2011, 07:38

      "Perhaps the most fundamental truth which we have to learn in the Christian Church, or rather relearn since we have suppressed it, is that the incarnation was…

    • Thoughts from William Barclay by: billnieporte

      September 19, 2011, 23:18

      Commenting on Ephesians 2:1-10, the world-renowned Scottish New Testament interpreter wrote: "Sometimes Christianity is presented in such a way that it…

    • William Sloan Coffin - on love by: billnieporte

      November 17, 2011, 05:10

      I first met Bill Coffin while a student in seminary.  In fact, I to introduce him at a campus event sponsored by "The Ethics Luncheon" - if I can find the…

    • What is Faith?  by: billnieporte

      November 17, 2011, 22:53

      Bill Coffin, on FAITH - from Credo "What is faith?  Faith is being grasped by the power of love.  Faith is recognizing that what makes God is infinate…

    • The Joy that is of God by: billnieporte

      November 20, 2011, 01:52

      From Bill Coffin, in Credo The joy that is of God is not opposed to earthly pleasures.  Rather it infuses them with a foundation of meaning. Joy is the…

    • The Lord is with you!  by: billnieporte

      December 23, 2011, 05:00

      You and I, just like Mary, have been favored -- blessed -- by God’s grace! “Greeting, favored one! The Lord is with you.” We are favored by God not…

    • Joyless Christianity by: billnieporte

      November 22, 2011, 07:57

      More from Bill Coffin: So why are Christians often so joyless? It is, I think, because too often Christians have enough religion to make them miserable.…

    • Loving Self - from William Sloane Coffin by: billnieporte

      November 26, 2011, 23:55

      Bill Coffin writes: If we hate ourselves, we can never love others, for love is the ngift of oneself. How will you make a gift of that which you hate? …

    • Sentimental or Loving - from William Sloane Coffine by: billnieporte

      November 29, 2011, 05:25

      In his book, CREDO, Bill Coffin writes: To show compassion for an individual without showing concern for the structures of society that make him an object…

    • Identity - quotes from William Sloane Coffin by: billnieporte

      November 30, 2011, 06:15

      Bill Coffin said: “So don't let money tell you who you are. Don't let power tell you who your are. Don't let enemies and -- for God's sake -- don't let…

    • God is NOT in the Religion Business by: billnieporte

      November 30, 2011, 10:50

      "Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is the proclamation of the end of religion, not of a new religion, or even of the best of all religions. If the…

    • How To Be A Success by: billnieporte

      December 1, 2011, 22:58

      From Bill Coffin: Love, and you are a success whether or not the world thinks so. The highest purpose of Christianity = which is primarily a way of life,…

    • Aslan Is Not Safe by: billnieporte

      December 8, 2011, 10:56

      By Steve McVey (my friend from  http://gracewalk.org) In The Chronicles of Narnia , C. S. Lewis wrote in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe about an…

    • A Christmas Great Christmas Story by: billnieporte

      December 15, 2011, 10:43

      . The above video is from my friend, John Upton, Executive Director, Virginia Baptist Mission Board.    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.   …

    • Max Lucado: Gabriel's Questions by: billnieporte

      December 19, 2011, 11:05

      These stories-like your favorite Christmas ornaments-come in all shapes and sizes. They unfold in a variety of settings, from ancient Bethlehem to rural…

    • Jesus Is My Life by: billnieporte

      September 23, 2012, 03:28

      I use to preach Jesus as Savior. While I think that is true, it turns out it is not enough. That makes Christianity little more than fire insurance, and it…

    • Project 2021: Our Future Story by: billnieporte

      October 1, 2012, 02:43

      What's the FUTURE look like? Only God's know, right? Well, certainly only God KNOWS our future!  But still, we can imagine what the future might be…

    • The Shack Revisited by Dr. C. Baxter Kruger by: billnieporte

      October 2, 2012, 14:09

      "Dr. Baxter Kruger's "revisits" Wm. Paul Young classic best seller "The Shack" in his new book "The Shack Revisited!" There is a revival happening - a…

    • The "Confuser" Wants To Give You A Case Of Spiritual Vertigo by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2012, 07:16

      The sermon for 10/7/2012 at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church was titled:  "The Confuser." My friend Bill Winn from Richmond's "Grace Community Church"…

    • Becoming A Missional Church by: billnieporte

      November 8, 2012, 00:17

      We have begun our journey toward the year 2021. Patterson Avenue Baptist Church has asked the question:  What might our congregation look like in the year…

    • The Shack (Book Review) by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2012, 03:32

      Paul Young's popular fictional book "The Shack" begins with tragedy. Young Missy Philip is kidnapped during a family vacation. Her remains are found near a…

    • God is a Gift - Doug Reed (Book Review) by: billnieporte

      December 13, 2012, 05:33

      For the last twenty-seven years, Doug Reed has been the pastor of the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Spring, Arkansas.   If you get a chance, visit the…

    • Not Enough Booze by: billnieporte

      January 21, 2013, 07:41

      Have you ever attended a party where they ran out of booze? Jesus did!  He attended a wedding feast in Cana where there was "not enough booze" The keg…

    • Dealing With Sin(S)  by: billnieporte

      March 20, 2013, 02:33

      The work of Christ  was aimed toward humankinds universal brokenness...not simply toward some laundry list of "sinS" that usually includes everything we…

    • The Crucifixion - did God die?! (Robert Jenson's thoughts) by: billnieporte

      March 31, 2013, 00:22

      The Crucifixion - did God die?! (Thoughts from Robert Jenson-via Andre Rabe) "That we see God in sufferings and the cross would never be guessed from…

    • Being Trinitarian  by: billnieporte

      May 14, 2013, 06:28

      Being Trinitarian does not simply mean, "Hey, I believe in the doctrine of the Trinity."  It is not some sort of mathmatic equation like 1 + 1 + 1 = 1, or…

    • Coming to The End of Self-Sufficiency  by: billnieporte

      June 8, 2013, 04:49

      Coming to The End of Self-Sufficiency For any congregation or individual to be used effectively by God, it need to come to the end of self-sufficiency and…

    • I Am a Spirit, Who has a Soul, Living in a Body by: billnieporte

      June 9, 2013, 05:41

      I am a spirit, who has a soul, living in a body.  I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus…

    • Burning Out Or Rusting Out by: billnieporte

      June 16, 2013, 01:57

      I attended a revival where Jeana (my wife) was asked to sing.  As the preacher got up and began to get revved up, he started to admonish the congregation with…

    • The "&" by: billnieporte

      June 16, 2013, 05:32

      The title for this message is simple "The &" This is the sermon form June9th preached at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. The text is Luke 7:11-17 …

    • It's Simple - sermon video for June 16, 2013 by: billnieporte

      June 17, 2013, 21:36

      Below is the sermon video for The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, in Richmond, Virginia. The date for this sermon was June 16, 2013. The sermon title is…

    • Wearing Your Sunday Best by: billnieporte

      July 16, 2013, 13:38

      Giving Your Best Is Not Enough Scripture Lesson: Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)           There was a time when almost every child in America had at least…

    • The Incarnation - Words from T.F. Torrance  by: billnieporte

      September 13, 2013, 07:58

      “With the Incarnation, God the eternal Son became Man, without ceasing to be God and without breaking the communion of the Holy Trinity within which God…

    • Robert Farrar Capon On Religion by: billnieporte

      September 14, 2013, 09:56

      What role have I left for religion? None. And I have left none because the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ leaves none. Christianity is not a…

    • All Are Included by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2013, 19:28

      Wow!  Amen!  Praise the Lord!  What a wonderful story! Luke 17:11-14  11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria…

    • Practical Atheist by: billnieporte

      October 9, 2013, 13:33

      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…

    • Thanks by: billnieporte

      October 10, 2013, 13:44

      When Jesus saw that only one of the former lepers expressed gratitude, he was astonished.  He asked three questions:  “Were not ten healed?”  “Where…

    • I never knew God LIKES Me! by: billnieporte

      October 12, 2013, 02:43

      Son Michael age 4 as "The Batman" I preached a sermon in which I said something to the effect: "God is your best friend. God is a wonderful Father who is…

    • Grace to ALL by: billnieporte

      October 14, 2013, 07:14

      Below you will find the video of the October 13, 2013 sermon preached at "The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church."  The text for the sermon is located in…

    • Hopelessness and Hope by: billnieporte

      October 16, 2013, 10:14

      Argy was a sweet old fellow, a member of the first church I served after seminary.  I visited him shortly after hearing that he had been diagnosed with…

    • The Process of Living by: billnieporte

      October 19, 2013, 11:49

      Remember my friend Argy?  (I referenced him a couple of posts ago - you can find that blog post here.) Upon finding her was terminally ill with cancer, he…

    • A Process of Living - Luke 18:1-8 (Video & Manuscript Sermon) by: billnieporte

      October 22, 2013, 05:17

      A Process of Living  This sermon was preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, on October 20, 2013. Included below the video…

    • What Do You Believe About God? by: billnieporte

      October 23, 2013, 03:38

      I was in a local bookstore, recently.  It was chilly out, so I made use of a gift card to buy a cup of hot chocolate and peruse the magazine rack. I…

    • What Is God Like? by: billnieporte

      October 24, 2013, 12:07

       This week I am exploring the question:  "What is God like?" or "What do you (I) believe about God?"  This conversation began because of a conversation I…

    • Papa by: billnieporte

      October 25, 2013, 10:17

      I got into a conversation with a young entrepreneurial mom at a local bookstore.  She spoke with me about some of the reasons she did not believe in…

    • "God Is Love" is the center stage of theology by: billnieporte

      October 25, 2013, 10:08

      “Western theology has had a difficult time placing “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8) at the center stage when discussing the divine attributes. Instead, it…

    • Ancient and Modern Reflections on Incarnation by: billnieporte

      October 30, 2013, 05:50

      “We needed an Incarnate God, a God put to death, that we might live.  We were put to death together with Him, that we might be cleansed; we rose again with…

    • God Invites You To Intimacy by: billnieporte

      October 30, 2013, 15:04

      In recent blog posts, I have told you about a young woman whom I met at a nearby bookstore.  She had a baby in a stroller and a mobile office.  She was…

    • Moving from Missional to Incarnational  by: billnieporte

      November 2, 2013, 11:45

      I have a friend who started a church in one of the most secularized regions of Virginia Beach.  He worked for a year to build relationships and friendships…

    • Video Post (Sermon): A Gospel for the Wacky  by: billnieporte

      November 5, 2013, 12:06

       Luke 19:1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He…

    • The Healing Power Of Confession by: billnieporte

      November 7, 2013, 00:45

      The Healing Power Of Confession Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth…” Philippians 2:11: “Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess…”…

    • Getting Off The Roundabout  by: billnieporte

      November 7, 2013, 07:31

      Have you ever been stuck on a roundabout? I only know of one roundabout in the metro Richmond area, over near the White Oak Shopping Center, but there may…

    • You are dead... by: billnieporte

      November 7, 2013, 11:16

      We are dead and our lives are hid with Christ in God. Dead. Out of the causal nexus for good. Dead. Not on trial. Dead. Out of the…

    • Question: "Who Gave You The Right...?" by: billnieporte

      November 12, 2013, 00:18

      Here are some more "stupid questions" If you mated a bull dog and a shitsu, would it be called a bulls***? Why is Grape Nuts cereal called that, when it…

    • Can God Love Somebody Like Me? by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2013, 04:05

      In the last several post, we have explored the challenging questions Jesus face from the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees - all recorded in Luke 20.  "…

    • A Collection of Trinitarian Theologians by: billnieporte

      November 23, 2013, 08:39

      The list below includes the names of 36 Trinitarian theologians.  The list was compiled by "Kerry's Loft" and is made of folks from the last 100 years, or…

    • AUTHORITY From The Cross by: billnieporte

      November 25, 2013, 07:16

      Authority From The Cross - Luke 23:33-43 The sermon was preached on November 24, 2013, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in…

    • When Your Life Passes Before Your Eyes by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2013, 04:42

      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…

    • God Emptied Himself - Advent Reflection by: billnieporte

      December 3, 2013, 23:52

      God Emptied Himself Philippian 2:5-11 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,     did not…

    • Moving Beyond Belief by: billnieporte

      December 5, 2013, 05:52

      Read Luke 5:1-11 Oswald Chambers wrote:  “There is a difference between devotion to principles and devotion to a person. Hundreds of people today are…

    • Advent Reflection: Purveyors of Hope by: billnieporte

      December 6, 2013, 05:59

      Thomas Long tells a story about a man who was speaking to some friends in his church, punching the air with his finger, pronouncing every word with force,…

    • HOME (for Christmas) Video Sermon by: billnieporte

      December 23, 2013, 04:39

      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…

    • The Lesser Things of Folderol (A Parable), by Ralph Harris by: billnieporte

      February 15, 2014, 11:23

      The Lesser Things of Folderol (A Parable), by Ralph Harris (The video presentation is at the bottom of this post) I have an unusual story today—a modern…

    • Doing "Evangelism" Starting With Grace by: billnieporte

      March 15, 2014, 10:35

      For those who preach, teach, or otherwise share the Gospel...we should always lead with GRACE. Consider these words from Baxter Kruger:  "We make a mistake…

    • Religion Addiction by: billnieporte

      March 17, 2014, 04:03

      Religion Addiction Scripture Lesson: John 3:1-17 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to…

    • CAT by: billnieporte

      March 26, 2014, 22:07

      While beginning preparations for this sermon (snowed in, stuck at home) I could hear my CAT upstairs screaming for everyone attention.  Like most cats, she…

    • Strayed Dog by: billnieporte

      March 31, 2014, 08:24

      Stray Dog  John 4:5-42 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there,…

    • Logical "proofs"? by: billnieporte

      June 22, 2014, 02:34

      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…

    • Word On A Road Sign by: billnieporte

      July 14, 2014, 08:19

      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…

    • Adoption by: billnieporte

      July 21, 2014, 22:17

      Preached on July 20, 2014, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. , by Dr. Bill Nieporte, this sermon is based on Romans 8:12-17 and is…

    • Don't Be A Slave Again by: billnieporte

      July 24, 2014, 10:14

      Galatians 5:1 - It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Paul has…

    • Inclusion by: billnieporte

      July 28, 2014, 03:40

      This sermon, preached July 27, 2014, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. , celebrates the all inclusive nature of God's love and…

    • Does A Person Need To Turn To God To Be Forgiven? by: billnieporte

      August 20, 2014, 11:13

      I noticed something in a review of Luke 15 that got me thinking.  Especially in light of a Facebook comment I read which said:  “Forgiveness doesn't start…

    • Is the Kingdom of God Dependent on ME? by: billnieporte

      September 15, 2014, 01:18

      I spent a great deal of my early years in ministry trying to lead congregations to engage with me in actions that might BRING the Kingdom of God to earth.I…

    • You Were Created For MORE by: billnieporte

      September 17, 2014, 07:43

      Before the foundation of the world, God created you to enjoy life in the Triune fellowship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.That fellowship - that…

    • Is God With Us Or Not? by: billnieporte

      September 29, 2014, 03:06

      In preaching themes like Christ Vicarious sacrifice for humanity's atonement, Perichoresis (the Divine Dance) to which we are all invited to participate, and…

    • A Motor Home and the Advent of God by: billnieporte

      January 5, 2015, 05:52

      This post include the sermon  video for the message I preached on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 21, 2014, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church…

    • It's Not About Heaven Or Hell by: billnieporte

      January 6, 2015, 13:59

      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…

    • A Love Worth Giving by: billnieporte

      February 4, 2015, 01:14

      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…

    • I am done with movements by: billnieporte

      February 25, 2015, 14:32

      I am done with movements... with charismatic movements, back to the bible movements, moderate movements, conservative resurgence movements, anti-institutio…

    • The Problem With Moralism - Sermon Video and Manuscript by: billnieporte

      March 9, 2015, 06:00

      This post includes the sermon  text for the message I preached on March 8, 2015 at a meeting of the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  The…

    • Dust by: billnieporte

      March 11, 2015, 22:14

      Dust Mark 11 I don’t know what things have been like around your house, but around the Nieporte’s’ household, we’ve been focusing on SPRING…

    • Deleted Thoughts From Tomorrow's Sermon (March 22, 2015) by: billnieporte

      March 22, 2015, 04:17

      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…

    • Lessons From A Busted Water Pipe by: billnieporte

      March 23, 2015, 05:49

      Alice turned 100 years old this past November.  She is actively involved in the life of our congregation.  She's been an active participant in this congregat…

    • Look Serious by: billnieporte

      March 25, 2015, 01:13

      Gloom, despair and agony an me, Deep, dark depression, Excessive misery. If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on…

    • Because He Lives Easter 2015 Sermon Manuscript by: billnieporte

      April 5, 2015, 16:20

      Below you will find the manuscript for the sermon preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia on April, 2015 - EASTER SUNDAY.  The…

    • The Jesus Code (video sermon and manuscript) by: billnieporte

      June 6, 2015, 14:31

      Below you will find the manuscript and video for the sermon from May 3, 2015, preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You can also…

    • Friends of Jesus (manuscript and video sermon) by: billnieporte

      June 6, 2015, 14:43

      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…

    • Fifteen Minutes of Fame (video sermon) by: billnieporte

      June 6, 2015, 14:49

      This post contains the video for the sermon from May 17, 2015, preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You can also find an audio…

    • The God Revealed In Jesus Christ by: billnieporte

      June 6, 2015, 15:00

      Here you will find a blog post containing the sermon manuscript and video for the sermon from May 31, 2015 (Trinity Sunday) which was preached at the…

    • Wacky Christians (Think Different) Video Manuscript Sermon by: billnieporte

      June 7, 2015, 17:20

      Today's blog contains the sermon manuscript and video for a message preached June 7, 2015 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You can…

    • Qualifications by: billnieporte

      July 5, 2015, 15:39

      Today’s blog contains the sermon manuscript and video for a message preached July 5, 2015 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You…

    • A Sure Foundation by: billnieporte

      July 26, 2015, 17:34

      Today’s blog contains the sermon manuscript and video for a message preached July 19, 2015 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You…

    • Deep and Wide by: billnieporte

      July 26, 2015, 17:39

        Today’s blog contains the sermon manuscript for the message preached July 26, 2015 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   …

    • Was Jesus Forsaken By His Father? by: billnieporte

      October 9, 2015, 15:13

      I used to believe that God turned his back on Jesus at the cross.  The reason for my blind acceptance of this idea is that the Sunday School teachers and…

    • Promised Hope by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2015, 23:41

      This post contains the sermon preaching on November 29, 2015, at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  The sermon is titled:  “Promised Hope” and is…

    • Who Is Jesus? Lenten Sermon One Video And Text by: billnieporte

      February 17, 2016, 20:42

      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…

    • What Matters Most? Second Lenten Sermon Manuscript and Video by: billnieporte

      February 24, 2016, 15:34

      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…

    • #YourLifeMatters by: billnieporte

      July 9, 2016, 13:49

      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…

    • The Church Today by: billnieporte

      November 2, 2016, 12:13

      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…

    • Lenten Intentions: Roadblocks by: billnieporte

      March 30, 2017, 15:55

      Roadblocks This is week three of Lenten 2017.  The sermon title is ROADBLOCKS from the series:  "Lenten Intentions"  Bot the video and manuscript are…

    • Lenten Intentions: The Blame Game by: billnieporte

      March 30, 2017, 15:57

      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…

    • Holy Monday, Temple Cleansinng, and Violence by: billnieporte

      April 10, 2017, 15:17

      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…

    • Final Sermons: Broken Things (Video and Manuscript) by: billnieporte

      September 27, 2017, 17:40

      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…

    • Final Sermons: Numbering Our Days by: billnieporte

      September 28, 2017, 13:53

      On August 20th, 2017, the Patterson Avenue Baptist congregation conducted its final worship gathering. News about our disbandment is available on this…

    • BTSR Chapel Sermon: "As You Wish" by: billnieporte

      January 23, 2018, 17:55

      As You Wish Matthew 3:13-17 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I…

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    • A Gospel For The Wacky  by: billnieporte

      November 4, 2013, 16:11

      I will be adding the video for this sermon in a separate post.  Below you will find the manuscript for a sermon titled:  "A Gospel for the Wacky" based on…

    • Missional Grace: Living FROM Not FOR God by: billnieporte

      June 10, 2010, 10:24

      Missional Grace:  Living FROM Not FOR God  Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given…

    • Missional Grace: The Exchanged Life by: billnieporte

      June 11, 2010, 00:50

      Missional Grace:  The Exchanged Life  Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not…

    • Missional Grace: Finding Purpose by: billnieporte

      June 11, 2010, 03:20

      Missional Grace:  Finding Purpose  “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given…

    • Missional Grace: Transformed by: billnieporte

      June 13, 2010, 01:23

      Missional Grace:  Transformed Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and…

    • Missional Grace: What Is A Missional Church by: billnieporte

      June 14, 2010, 08:29

      Found this terrific video online describing what it means to be a "missional church."  Sound remarkably like what the Bible describes as "the church," but…

    • Star Trek and the state of our churches by: billnieporte

      September 22, 2010, 06:35

      Refuse to Compromise - Daniel 1:3-5, 8-16 Star Trek:  First Contact, was one of the hit movies of the franchise.  It pitted Captain Jean-Luc Picard…

    • Tony Campolo's Party For Whores by: billnieporte

      October 26, 2010, 05:32

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    • Penn Teller Gets A Bible by: billnieporte

      October 26, 2010, 05:57

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    • Leadership Makes A Difference by: billnieporte

      November 12, 2010, 04:44

      In his book Developing the Leader Within You, John Maxwell defines a leader as a person of influence.  When a leader speaks, people listen.  When a leader…

    • Included - Luke 7:41-50 by: billnieporte

      November 13, 2010, 01:31

      So, this fellow invited Jesus to dinner. He was an upstanding citizen in his community and extremely loyal to his church.  Everything was going just fine,…

    • Old Johnny Is Included by: billnieporte

      November 14, 2010, 01:10

      I once served as a volunteer in a mission for homeless men.  My job was to serve the evening meal and spend some time in fellowship with the men staying in…

    • The Incarnation Means You Are Included by: billnieporte

      November 14, 2010, 01:20

      The First Letter of John was written for many reasons.  John states three of those reasons in the text.  He says he wrote to satisfy his joy (1:4), to warn…

    • When Does Worship Happen? by: billnieporte

      November 24, 2010, 14:30

      Isaiah 6:1-8 - Many worship leaders have used the Scripture passage for today’s scripture reading as a call to worship.  Certainly that is fitting,…

    • The Rightous Branch by: billnieporte

      December 9, 2010, 10:05

      Read Isaiah 11:1-9 - Those of you who have visited our nation’s capital are aware that throughout that city, there are several statues of national and world…

    • What Does It Mean To Be Missional? by: billnieporte

      January 31, 2011, 10:14

      Do you remember that fellow who was possessed by demons?  He was called "legion."  (You can read about him here: Luke 8:26-39).  I think I met him what i…

    • Leaving “Shittim” by: billnieporte

      February 6, 2011, 03:35

      Read Joshua 3 "Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the star ship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek…

    • Vinyls, Eight-tracks, Cassettes, CDs, Ipods by: billnieporte

      February 7, 2011, 23:37

      We are continuing the theme from two recent blogs (learning lessons from Joshua 3).  We know that the people of Israel are on a journey with God.  We’ve…

    • Engage by: billnieporte

      February 11, 2011, 02:41

      I began commenting on Joshua 3 a few blogs ago with some discussion about the iconic show, “Star Trek.”  I said that the journey into the Promised Land…

    • Intellectually Bankrupt by: billnieporte

      February 11, 2011, 07:16

      Read 1 John 5:1 – 12  It has always fascinated me that so many in the church spend a great deal of their time attempting to find scientific and historical…

    • "Free To Be..." - Jeana Murray-Nieporte by: billnieporte

      February 22, 2011, 05:25

      On February 20th, Patterson Avenue Baptist Church celebrated "WMU Focus Sunday." The women of Patterson Avenue led worship - as they so effectively lead in all…

    • This Christianity Thing Is Beyond Belief by: billnieporte

      April 3, 2011, 03:27

      Oswald Chambers wrote:  “There is a difference between devotion to principles and devotion to a person.  Hundreds of people today are devoting themselves…

    • Almighty God Is Singing To You Right Now: "Take A Chance On Me!" by: billnieporte

      April 15, 2011, 07:04

      "I'm just saying..." I heard an old song on the radio today.  It got me thinking.  The lyrics contained a line:  "Take a chance on me!" I imagined the…

    • Easter Gift: Freedom by: billnieporte

      April 22, 2011, 03:20

      Read John 8: 14-36  In John 8:14-36, we are reminded of the fact that as human beings apart from grace, we are enslaved to sin.  We will also learn that…

    • Quick Quote by: billnieporte

      May 5, 2011, 22:45

      Thanks Tom Batterson for sharing the following quote from Tom Murphy: "Much current leadership 'wisdom' in the church is little more than taking popularized…

    • This Is Discipleship by: billnieporte

      May 6, 2011, 10:05

      Read   John 10: 1-30 Nearly all of the teachings and actions of Jesus found in chapters 5-10 of John’s gospel are somehow related to one of the many…

    • Running and Running and Running by: billnieporte

      May 12, 2011, 09:45

      As a child one of my favorite places to visit was the pet store.  In fact, I still like visiting the pet store.  I liked seeing the lineup of puppies and…

    • How Grace Changes You by: billnieporte

      May 19, 2011, 23:29

      A tremendous thrill swept through Jericho in anticipation of Jesus’ arrival. This was nothing unusual. An appearance by Jesus always caused some sort of…

    • Jesus Came Back On May 21st - I Saw Him by: billnieporte

      May 23, 2011, 03:51

      Yesterday the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church conducted a "free swap marketing" at our location. The idea came to us from an initiative from Imago Dei,…

    • How Does Your Church See Itself? by: billnieporte

      July 7, 2011, 10:41

      One Sabbath, while traveling through Philippi, Paul happened upon several women who were worshipping God near a river.  One of them, a woman named Lydia,…

    • Traveling First Class by: billnieporte

      July 8, 2011, 07:28

      I read an interesting bit of information recently that reminded me of certain attitudes and habits among us that need to be challenged by the vision of reality…

    • What is Your Weakspot? by: billnieporte

      July 12, 2011, 11:01

      What is your weak spot?  Perhaps you have some sort of physical disability.  Maybe your ears can’t hear so well.  Maybe you feet don’t work as they…

    • A Pushy Prayer From People At Wits End by: billnieporte

      July 13, 2011, 22:43

      There are a lot of people waxing prophetic about the end of the good old USA, our way of life, the struggling economy - the entire globe, in fact, is (to…

    • If you can't forgive, let Papa-God do it instead by: billnieporte

      July 19, 2011, 07:42

      Recently I found myself in the Emergency Room of a hospital here in Richmond, Virginia.  I was there to visit the family of a young child in my church who had…

    • The STAIN of Sin VS The CORE of Christianity by: billnieporte

      July 22, 2011, 00:11

      Last Saturday I stained my back deck.  In the process, I also stained my sidewalk, the side of the house, and the grass in my backyard.  Oh, the trees in the…

    • Cool by: billnieporte

      July 22, 2011, 23:52

      This is the closing prayer...and pretty much the jest of the sermon for this coming Sunday. Father, we are tired of struggling…tired of trying… tired of…

    • Claim the Promise by: billnieporte

      July 25, 2011, 22:17

      We don't take Jesus seriously. Think about it!  When was the last time you did any of the things Jesus did?  When was the last time you did anything…

    • Living by Faith by: billnieporte

      August 5, 2011, 06:16

      Living by faith means living in response to God’s continual movements of grace.   Living by faith means that we trust Jesus to save us—to unite us with…

    • Alive In Christ by: billnieporte

      August 9, 2011, 00:31

      Here is the sermon from Patterson Avenue Baptist, dated on July 31, based on Collossians 1 & 2, with special focus on 2:6-14. The though behind this…

    • What's Happening In The Church by: billnieporte

      August 9, 2011, 00:50

      A church in my community recently fired its pastor.  It was a small number of folks who spearheaded the effort.  It’s a big church – or it was.  One…

    • TranceFormation by: billnieporte

      October 7, 2011, 12:12

      The month of October at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church will feature a series of sermons based on Acts 10:1-11:18.  These sermons were inspired by my friend…

    • Rooftop Crisis by: billnieporte

      October 20, 2011, 04:57

      The church (especially in the west) is experiencing a major crisis.  This might me the end.  Or it could be an occassion for an awakening - an opportunity…

    • Contemplative Fire by: billnieporte

      November 20, 2011, 05:12

      The vision and call of Contemplative Fire is revealed in the phrase 'Creating a Community of Christ at the Edge'. Founded as a networked…

    • Visions and Transcendence by: billnieporte

      November 20, 2011, 13:29

      Sue Wallace reports on the development of Transcendence, an Ancient-Future mass in York Minster. Going to Transcendence has been compared to stepping into…

    • Moot by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2011, 01:31

      The Moot monastic community (featured on expressions: the dvd - 2) offers hospitality and welcome in the heart of the City of London to 'questers' or…

    • Surf's up for Jesus Longboard Classic at Tubestation by: billnieporte

      November 22, 2011, 04:23

      Tubestation, the fresh expression of church on the beach at Polzeath, recently hosted the 5th Jesus Longboard Classic surfing competition. The Christian…

    • Unlimited Church by: billnieporte

      November 22, 2011, 16:01

      James Grier explains how the Unlimited youth church begins to be seen in a new light as it becomes a BMO. I was first appointed by the Diocese of Exeter to…

    • Mall Walking by Carol B. by: billnieporte

      November 22, 2011, 23:57

      For five years now I have been walking for exercise twice or more times a week in our local malls. I have been so wonderfully blessed in these walks these past…

    • (Reader) New monasticism and fresh expressions of church by: billnieporte

      November 24, 2011, 07:29

      Today's changing culture calls for a huge diversity and range of fresh expressions of church. Graham Cray explores one particular flavour of fresh expression…

    • Advent tweets by: billnieporte

      November 24, 2011, 06:26

      Every day of advent, Fresh Expressions will be sharing reflections on the coming of Christ and the meaning of Christmas. Please join us on the journey! Follo…

    • What I Learned About Marketing In My Seminary Preaching Class!  by: billnieporte

      November 24, 2011, 12:30

      by Dr. Bill Nieporte The distinguished professor of preaching stood before the class of young "preacher-boys" (and a few "preacher-girls") and began his…

    • 4 Ways to Ruin Your Thanksgiving by: billnieporte

      November 25, 2011, 11:49

      Thanksgiving is a great holiday. I find that this holiday provides a great time to refresh and recharge for the final push of the year.  I must admit that I…

    • Fuzz Kitto's Church of England miracle by: billnieporte

      November 30, 2011, 11:45

      International youth worker, minister, writer and consultant Fuzz Kitto sees Fresh Expressions as a prophetic movement, helping to achieve a 'miracle' in the…

    • God is NOT in the Religion Business by: billnieporte

      November 30, 2011, 10:50

      "Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is the proclamation of the end of religion, not of a new religion, or even of the best of all religions. If the…

    • (Media) Messy Nativity Sheep Trail in Liverpool by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2011, 06:31

      Fresh Expressions is a movement from England that has "crossed the pond" and they say, taking up residence in the United States in an effort being spearheaded…

    • Christmas Kindness by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2011, 06:18

      Joseph Tkach is a fine theologian and leader, whose writings I greatly enjoy.  Here is a recent note that I greatly appreciated and am happy to share with my…

    • Sunday Sanctuary by: billnieporte

      December 9, 2011, 05:58

        Mark Rodel is City Centre Pioneer Minister for the Diocese of Portsmouth and Associate Priest in the parish of St Luke, Southsea. He looks at what has…

    • Max Lucado: Gabriel's Questions by: billnieporte

      December 19, 2011, 11:05

      These stories-like your favorite Christmas ornaments-come in all shapes and sizes. They unfold in a variety of settings, from ancient Bethlehem to rural…

    • Legacy  by: billnieporte

      December 19, 2011, 15:10

      Every day in so many ways, we are trying to create our sense of value and worth. We engage in so many building plans to establish our Legacy. The message of…

    • Handling The Truth by: billnieporte

      September 12, 2012, 00:20

      How do you handle difficult truth? That was the question of the day in our "Family Praise" (second Sunday) worship gathering at the Patterson Avenue Baptist…

    • Total Dependence by: billnieporte

      September 24, 2012, 22:49

      Sunday's sermon (September 23, 2012) at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church Based on Mark 9:30-37, this sermon begins with the question of Jesus to his…

    • Project 2021: Our Future Story by: billnieporte

      October 1, 2012, 02:43

      What's the FUTURE look like? Only God's know, right? Well, certainly only God KNOWS our future!  But still, we can imagine what the future might be…

    • Becoming A Missional Church by: billnieporte

      November 8, 2012, 00:17

      We have begun our journey toward the year 2021. Patterson Avenue Baptist Church has asked the question:  What might our congregation look like in the year…

    • Becoming a Missional Person by: billnieporte

      November 8, 2012, 00:24

      As Patterson Avenue Baptist Church moves forward toward becoming a missional church - it's people will increasingly see themselves as "God's People on God's…

    • Missional Grace by: billnieporte

      November 8, 2012, 00:31

      God's mission is that every human being in the world discover the joyful truth that in Christ they are reconciled - liked, loved, accepted, included, and…

    • Recent Sermons at Patterson Avenue Baptist by: billnieporte

      November 29, 2012, 03:02

      This page contaings links to watch the three recent sermons preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. Sermon # 1 was preached on November 11, 2012…

    • The Implications of the Ascension on the Christian Life and Mission of the Church - Video Sermon by: billnieporte

      May 14, 2013, 04:12

      This sermon was preached on May 12, 2013 at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church What does Jesus Ascension mean" What are the implications of Jesus…

    • Being Trinitarian  by: billnieporte

      May 14, 2013, 06:28

      Being Trinitarian does not simply mean, "Hey, I believe in the doctrine of the Trinity."  It is not some sort of mathmatic equation like 1 + 1 + 1 = 1, or…

    • Coming to The End of Self-Sufficiency  by: billnieporte

      June 8, 2013, 04:49

      Coming to The End of Self-Sufficiency For any congregation or individual to be used effectively by God, it need to come to the end of self-sufficiency and…

    • It's Simple - sermon video for June 16, 2013 by: billnieporte

      June 17, 2013, 21:36

      Below is the sermon video for The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, in Richmond, Virginia. The date for this sermon was June 16, 2013. The sermon title is…

    • Traveling Light (Video Sermon, July 7, 2013) by: billnieporte

      July 8, 2013, 05:19

      This is the video sermon preached on July 7, 2013, titled:  "Traveling Light" based on Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, in Richmond…

    • Distractions (a sermon video and manuscripte based on Luke 10:36-42) by: billnieporte

      July 22, 2013, 08:10

      Sermon Title: Distractions    Scripture Lesson: Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)    Date: July 21, 2013 The sermon manuscript follows the video:   Arthur…

    • Lord, Have Mercy by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2013, 13:15

      Luke 17:11-14 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who…

    • All Are Included by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2013, 19:28

      Wow!  Amen!  Praise the Lord!  What a wonderful story! Luke 17:11-14  11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria…

    • Practical Atheist by: billnieporte

      October 9, 2013, 13:33

      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…

    • I never knew God LIKES Me! by: billnieporte

      October 12, 2013, 02:43

      Son Michael age 4 as "The Batman" I preached a sermon in which I said something to the effect: "God is your best friend. God is a wonderful Father who is…

    • Grace to ALL by: billnieporte

      October 14, 2013, 07:14

      Below you will find the video of the October 13, 2013 sermon preached at "The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church."  The text for the sermon is located in…

    • Hopelessness and Hope by: billnieporte

      October 16, 2013, 10:14

      Argy was a sweet old fellow, a member of the first church I served after seminary.  I visited him shortly after hearing that he had been diagnosed with…

    • What Is God Like? by: billnieporte

      October 24, 2013, 12:07

       This week I am exploring the question:  "What is God like?" or "What do you (I) believe about God?"  This conversation began because of a conversation I…

    • Moving from Missional to Incarnational  by: billnieporte

      November 2, 2013, 11:45

      I have a friend who started a church in one of the most secularized regions of Virginia Beach.  He worked for a year to build relationships and friendships…

    • Video Post (Sermon): A Gospel for the Wacky  by: billnieporte

      November 5, 2013, 12:06

       Luke 19:1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He…

    • Getting Off The Roundabout  by: billnieporte

      November 7, 2013, 07:31

      Have you ever been stuck on a roundabout? I only know of one roundabout in the metro Richmond area, over near the White Oak Shopping Center, but there may…

    • You are dead... by: billnieporte

      November 7, 2013, 11:16

      We are dead and our lives are hid with Christ in God. Dead. Out of the causal nexus for good. Dead. Not on trial. Dead. Out of the…

    • Question: "Who Gave You The Right...?" by: billnieporte

      November 12, 2013, 00:18

      Here are some more "stupid questions" If you mated a bull dog and a shitsu, would it be called a bulls***? Why is Grape Nuts cereal called that, when it…

    • Can God Love Somebody Like Me? by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2013, 04:05

      In the last several post, we have explored the challenging questions Jesus face from the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees - all recorded in Luke 20.  "…

    • When Your Life Passes Before Your Eyes by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2013, 04:42

      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…

    • Advent Reflection: Purveyors of Hope by: billnieporte

      December 6, 2013, 05:59

      Thomas Long tells a story about a man who was speaking to some friends in his church, punching the air with his finger, pronouncing every word with force,…

    • The Faith of Flexbility (video and brief summary) by: billnieporte

      February 4, 2014, 01:22

      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…

    • Don't Just Do Something, STAND THERE! (Video Sermon) by: billnieporte

      March 3, 2014, 11:19

      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.…

    • Give Me That Homeless Child by: billnieporte

      June 22, 2014, 02:25

      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…

    • Logical "proofs"? by: billnieporte

      June 22, 2014, 02:34

      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…

    • The Virginia Home, Richmond, VA - Rev. Michael Hamilton by: billnieporte

      July 14, 2014, 08:28

      The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church has had a several decade long partnership with The Virginia Home The home provides compassionate and professional…

    • Word On A Road Sign by: billnieporte

      July 14, 2014, 08:19

      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…

    • Loved - sermon video and manuscript by: billnieporte

      August 18, 2014, 02:36

      Preached August 17, 2014, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. , this sermons asks and answered the rhetoricakl questions:  "Are their…

    • It's Not About Heaven Or Hell by: billnieporte

      January 6, 2015, 13:59

      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…

    • A Love Worth Giving by: billnieporte

      February 4, 2015, 01:14

      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…

    • Deleted Thoughts From Tomorrow's Sermon (March 22, 2015) by: billnieporte

      March 22, 2015, 04:17

      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…

    • Lessons From A Busted Water Pipe by: billnieporte

      March 23, 2015, 05:49

      Alice turned 100 years old this past November.  She is actively involved in the life of our congregation.  She's been an active participant in this congregat…

    • Fifteen Minutes of Fame (video sermon) by: billnieporte

      June 6, 2015, 14:49

      This post contains the video for the sermon from May 17, 2015, preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You can also find an audio…

    • The God Revealed In Jesus Christ by: billnieporte

      June 6, 2015, 15:00

      Here you will find a blog post containing the sermon manuscript and video for the sermon from May 31, 2015 (Trinity Sunday) which was preached at the…

    • Qualifications by: billnieporte

      July 5, 2015, 15:39

      Today’s blog contains the sermon manuscript and video for a message preached July 5, 2015 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You…

    • Rebuilding by: billnieporte

      August 8, 2015, 17:08

      My forehead is missing through most of the sermon video (but its not my best feature, anyways).  Oh, and I SING near the end, as the congregation and I…

    • Around the World (Sermon video and manuscript) by: billnieporte

      September 21, 2015, 10:17

      The sermon from September 13 2015, at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church is included in this blog post (both the video and the manuscript).   The sermon is…

    • Bridges (sermon video and manuscript) by: billnieporte

      September 27, 2015, 20:40

      The sermon from September 28, 2015, at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church is included in this blog post (both the video and the manuscript).   The sermon is…

    • 4th Annual Fall Festival October 18, 2-5PM by: billnieporte

      October 12, 2015, 10:37

      The 4th Annual PABC Fall Festival 

    • Is There Hope? Easter Sermon Video and Manuscript by: billnieporte

      March 30, 2016, 20:38

      Jesus Tresurrection gives us hope, not merely for life after death – but for LIVING LIFE in the here and now. his post contains the sermon preaching on…

    • Final Sermons: Numbering Our Days by: billnieporte

      September 28, 2017, 13:53

      On August 20th, 2017, the Patterson Avenue Baptist congregation conducted its final worship gathering. News about our disbandment is available on this…

  • Category: Peacemaking  (13)

    Stories and lesson about making peace with other

    • Weep With Those Who Weep by: billnieporte

      January 22, 2015, 11:06

      Shortly after beginning my pastoral ministry in my first congregation, Jean, the chair of the Search Committee who had brought me to that church approached…

    • Transforming Initiatives by: billnieporte

      September 17, 2010, 03:37

      The philosopher Spopenhauer once wrote:  “…we are a lot like porcupines—when we move too far apart we grow cold and yearn for the warmth of other…

    • The Power To Be A Peacemaker by: billnieporte

      September 17, 2010, 02:59

      Corrie Ten Boom shares this true story in her book, The Hiding Place: It was a church service in Munich that I saw him, the former S.S. man who had…

    • 9-11 Followup by: billnieporte

      October 13, 2010, 03:03

      "I'm Just Saying..." Recently founds some old PC files from 2001 - following the events of September 11th.  The first was a sermon preached on a Wednesday…

    • The Rightous Branch by: billnieporte

      December 9, 2010, 10:05

      Read Isaiah 11:1-9 - Those of you who have visited our nation’s capital are aware that throughout that city, there are several statues of national and world…

    • Peace and Civility Pledge by: billnieporte

      January 13, 2011, 09:17

      The following pledge from Sojourners seems a fair and biblical statement to make, in light of the recent discourse before and after the recent masss shooting…

    • Live At Peace With Others by: billnieporte

      March 4, 2011, 09:16

      Yesterday I posted a blog about the ONEness of God.  It spoke about the experience of relationship within the Trinity.  Today I feel inspired to write a bit…

    • What's Happening In The Church by: billnieporte

      August 9, 2011, 00:50

      A church in my community recently fired its pastor.  It was a small number of folks who spearheaded the effort.  It’s a big church – or it was.  One…

    • What does it mean when I say I am a pacifist? by: billnieporte

      August 10, 2011, 09:24

      What does it mean to be a pacifist?  As a Christian, it means that I trust in God. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name…

    • Sentimental or Loving - from William Sloane Coffine by: billnieporte

      November 29, 2011, 05:25

      In his book, CREDO, Bill Coffin writes: To show compassion for an individual without showing concern for the structures of society that make him an object…

    • Find Peace by: billnieporte

      April 28, 2014, 22:43

      When I began preparing this sermon, I gave it the titled:  FINDING PEACE.   The thought was that the text (John 20:19-31) offered clues for our fearful…

    • The Churches' Prequel  by: billnieporte

      June 22, 2014, 02:39

      The sermon below was preached on June 15, 2014, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  You can watch the video and/or…

    • What Matters Most? Second Lenten Sermon Manuscript and Video by: billnieporte

      February 24, 2016, 15:34

      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…

  • Category: Pictures  (4)
    • I am NOT a Legalist by: billnieporte

      August 5, 2011, 04:57

      Nobody will ever accuse my son of being a legalist... (Read the sign on the wall behind him!)  

    • Do you have a song... by: billnieporte

      August 5, 2011, 05:14

      There is nothing sadder than having a song in your heart that you never let yourself sing; or a craft in your thoughts that is never produced by your hands; or…

    • Lord, Have Mercy by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2013, 13:15

      Luke 17:11-14 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who…

    • Grow Where You Are Planted! by: billnieporte

      October 24, 2013, 01:36

      Grow Where You Are Planted   Grow Where You're Planted: Collected Stories on the Hallmarks of Maturing Church publisher: Christian Associates…

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    Musing, reflectiona and random thoughts about the events of the day

    • What is Freedom? by: billnieporte

      January 23, 2015, 13:26

        If there is one virtue in our nation, which we all would readily applaud, it would probably be freedom.  We would no doubt have some disagreements over…

    • The Smorgasbord Church by: billnieporte

      July 3, 2009, 08:08

      Best Buffet In Town What is your favorite type of restaurant?  Do you like to dine in those eateries that serve particular varieties of ethnic foods—like…

    • Am I a Liberal? by: billnieporte

      February 18, 2015, 16:09

      Am I a liberal?    I’ve been called a liberal by many people – family, colleagues, critics, and detractors.    Am I a liberal?   For this…

    • Remembering 911 by: billnieporte

      October 12, 2010, 23:11

      I came across some old files recently and found two sermons preached after 9-11.  I found myself back in the moment.  They speak to me not only about the…

    • The Unholy Trinity by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2010, 10:38

      Here’s something I read today by Jonathan Stepp over at http://trinityandhumanity.wordpress.com He call's it "the unholy Trinty." "Here's the unholy…

    • They Kicked God Out… by: billnieporte

      December 30, 2010, 11:37

      “I’m just saying…” I read this sign in a restaurant earlier today:  “They kicked God out of the public schools, but He is still welcome here. …

    • Suicide and Assisted Suicide by: billnieporte

      February 17, 2011, 09:38

      Read:  I Samuel 31:1-13, Psalms 94:17, 139:15-16; Jeremiah 10:23; James 5:10-11 Reviewing my journal, I discovered that 1997 was filled with many interestin…

    • SEVEN SENSATIONAL AND SEXY TIPS TO SPICING UP YOUR MARRIAGE by: billnieporte

      January 8, 2011, 16:29

        SEVEN SENSATIONAL AND SEXY TIPS TO SPICING UP YOUR MARRIAGE by Bill Nieporte & Jeana Murray-Nieporte Congratulate us! We just celebrated 22 years…

    • Quick Quote by: billnieporte

      May 5, 2011, 22:45

      Thanks Tom Batterson for sharing the following quote from Tom Murphy: "Much current leadership 'wisdom' in the church is little more than taking popularized…

    • About My Friends: Quick Quote From C.S. Lewis by: billnieporte

      May 27, 2011, 06:00

      Over the last few days I have been in a conference teaching listening skills, Bible-storying, and how these skills can be used to lead a church and disciple…

    • Quick Quote: Christianity is NOT a Moral Code of Conduct according to C.S. Lewis by: billnieporte

      July 21, 2011, 04:51

      I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at first to be all about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and…

    • We always are talking AT one another by: billnieporte

      August 16, 2011, 12:52

      Psychologist Jean Piaget says that when two very young children talk to each other, they do so in monologue. Put another way, they each respond to the fact…

    • I'm Just Saying...I Cannot Meet Your Spiritual Need by: billnieporte

      September 12, 2011, 07:30

      "I'm just sayin..." Every pastor has heard it. I imagine that most every church leader (teacher, musician, deacon, elder, etc.) has also heard it. “Your…

    • A Visit From The Christ Child (a poem) by: billnieporte

      December 7, 2011, 01:28

      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…

    • Rightly Dividing The Word - Trinitarian Theology by: billnieporte

      March 15, 2013, 04:44

      There are lots of conversation around scriptural interpretation that "start" or "end" with the statement "rightly dividing the word of truth."  In other…

    • Thomas Merton On Stuff by: billnieporte

      October 14, 2013, 10:34

       If what most people take for granted were really true — if all you needed to be happy was to grab everything and see everything and investigate every…

    • Can God Love Somebody Like Me? by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2013, 04:05

      In the last several post, we have explored the challenging questions Jesus face from the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees - all recorded in Luke 20.  "…

    • Take Your Foot Off The Brake by: billnieporte

      January 3, 2014, 09:36

      Having a cool car during your college career is a great bonus to your social life - at least it was for me. When I arrived at Stetson University in 1981…

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    • The Last Transition: From Pre-Modernity by: billnieporte

      August 18, 2010, 04:37

      When speaking about paradigms, we refer to the pattern, model, or overall perspective from which the vast majority of persons in a culture gather,…

    • Stethoscope by: billnieporte

      June 16, 2009, 21:33

      This is a really fun video with a nice message. Please leave a comment here on the site sharing your thoughts.

    • trinityTrinitarian Chorus by: billnieporte

      February 27, 2011, 08:25

      I surrender my days to the Father. I submit my will to the Son. I live my life from the Spirit above. I rest myself in God's amazing love. Copyright…

    • The Church Is Dangerous Place To Be by: billnieporte

      December 4, 2009, 05:19

      Andrew Young, former U.N. Ambassador, Mayor of Atlanta, and close friend of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., is also an ordained minister in the United…

    • Can You Raise My Allowance? by: billnieporte

      December 11, 2009, 01:58

      “Dad, can you raise my allowance?” my son Michael asked. “Why do you need an increase?  What are you planning to buy?” I replied. “Well, I do…

    • Snow Day - Fourth Sunday of Advent by: billnieporte

      December 21, 2009, 06:26

      Snow covers the ground in Richmond, VA.  The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church was unable to meet for worship this morning.  Thanks to internet, however,…

    • The Naked Gospel by: billnieporte

      May 18, 2010, 07:20

       The Naked Gospel: Truth You May Never Hear in Church (Hey, I am dyslexic - and I write this blog on the fly, so if there are typos, please edit them out…

    • Chick-Fil-A Offers A Helping Hand by: billnieporte

      June 9, 2010, 03:48

      Chick-Fil-A Supports The Jones Family with a “Spirit Night” Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 5:30-8 pm Show your support by inviting all your family and…

    • Individualism by: billnieporte

      February 3, 2011, 10:11

      In the book Habits of the Heart, Robert Bellah characterizes Western society as marked by rampant individualism. This characterization touches at the very…

    • Danger in the Water - Mark 4:35-41 by: billnieporte

      June 9, 2011, 08:10

      Four years ago I moved from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to the city of Richmond, where I now serve as pastor at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. I had…

    • Baxter Kruger on "The Shack" by: billnieporte

      June 29, 2011, 08:46

      Click here now to watch this great interview I found with Baxgter Kruger on the theology of Paul Young's "The Shack."  

    • Missing the Trees Because of the Forrest by: billnieporte

      September 5, 2011, 20:20

      My friend Steve Mcvey posted this on his page and I just had to "borrow" it.  Talk about missing the tree because of the forest.  Sometimes we spend so…

    • How Did The Early Christians Even Survive? It's a mystery... by: billnieporte

      August 26, 2011, 08:32

      Made a list the other day that the early (Book of Acts) church didn’t have: Sunday School, VBS (Vacation Bible Schoool), Women's Groups, Men's Gr…

    • Overheard Evangelistic Effort by: billnieporte

      October 1, 2011, 04:28

      Heard a guy "witnessing" today about the Gospel.  He spoke about "grace" saying it was "God's unconditional love expressed in Jesus." The other guy was…

    • Quick Quote...Athanasius who died 373 ACE by: billnieporte

      August 20, 2011, 09:30

      . In his treatise On the Incarnation, Athanasius wrote the following (italics mine): Thus, taking a body like our own, because all our bodies were liable to…

    • A New Reason and Purpose For Living by: billnieporte

      August 6, 2011, 06:24

      The Reverend Thomas Chalmers, a nineteenth-century Scottish preacher, once preached a sermon using LUKE 8:26-39 as his text.  He titled his sermon:  “The…

    • Love by: billnieporte

      July 30, 2011, 07:06

      Fred Craddock tells the story of his father, who spent years of his life hiding from the God who was seeking him out. “When the pastor used to come from…

    • Quick Quotes...Thomas Torrance by: billnieporte

      August 10, 2011, 09:33

      The resurrection of Jesus as act of God is a decisive event, a final judgment, which affects the entire state of human existence, the whole situation in which…

    • Ornithology by: billnieporte

      August 15, 2011, 09:34

      I read this by a fellow named Jim Rogers.  Made me laugh.  We all need a laugh from time to time. When I was a senior in college, I had a chance to take…

    • A Funeral for a Friend by: billnieporte

      August 17, 2011, 09:39

      I found this sermon for a friend from my last church and enjoyed remembering my friend - one of the most joyful fellows I have ever known.  Just had to share…

    • Where Are The Clowns? by: billnieporte

      September 8, 2011, 22:00

      This post was inspired by a portion of Dr. Bill Leonard's book "Word of God Across the Ages."  I borrow from it extensively so I want to give him credit…

    • Thoughts from Bonhoeffer by: billnieporte

      September 20, 2011, 23:19

      Bonhoeffer wrote: "Happy are they who have reached the end of the road we tred and who are astonished to discover that grace is costly just because it is…

    • Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Lion by: billnieporte

      September 21, 2011, 23:23

      Read 2 Timothy 1:8-12 We all know the story of the Wizard of Oz and those three who went on a journey with Dorothy of Kansas seeking the missing ingredient…

    • Today Do Something Amazing by: billnieporte

      September 22, 2011, 23:39

      Not sure who wrote this...it might have be me, but I think I heard it sometime in the past.  In any event, I found it scribbled on a note in an old file and…

    • Ebook: Sales, Motivation, Even Preaching by: billnieporte

      October 10, 2011, 08:44

      Okay, this is different.  Some of you may think that it is - as the young people say - a bit sketchy.  I thought so when I read the "sales letter."  Then I…

    • Apocalypse NOW by: billnieporte

      November 15, 2011, 08:15

      Apocalyptic literature in the scripture is NOT about end times - the ongoing speculation about when Jesus will return.  Such literature is not aimed at…

    • Lavish Love - Audio & Video by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2011, 08:09

      The Sunday sermon at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church on November 20, 2011, was based on Ephesians 1:15-23.  The title of the sermon is "Lavish Love." I…

    • CNN Reports: Pastor with 666 tattoo claims to be divine by: billnieporte

      November 22, 2011, 07:15

      (editor:  I know this is an old story, from 2007 - BUT I just saw it and it made me laugh.) February 16, 2007|By John Zarrella and Patrick Oppmann…

    • Guilt by: billnieporte

      November 24, 2011, 04:23

      From Bill Coffin: Our trouble with guilt is that it often seeks punishment in order to avoivd judgment; for while judgment demand a new way of life,…

    • Little Drummer Boy Christmas by: billnieporte

      December 25, 2011, 09:32

      Little Drummer Boy Last five minutes or so of ”Little Drummer Boy.” Lamb is run over and they go to see ”the kings” to save him. I always like…

    • Confined: Christmas Sermon 2011 At Patterson Avenue Baptist, Richmond, Virginia by: billnieporte

      December 26, 2011, 07:58

      Here’s the good news for this Christmas day: “Jesus Christ, the human Son of God, is born into this world captive to all the things that bind and restrict…

    • Faith and Hope by: billnieporte

      November 25, 2011, 22:34

      Throughout Advent I am sharing thoughts from Bill Coffin, author of Credo - and several other books. Bill was a prophet, pastor, and gadfly in the oinment of…

    • Ready or Not, Here I Come - Advent 1 Audio & Video by: billnieporte

      November 29, 2011, 03:06

                Whew, what an ordeal.... Patterson Avenue Baptist Church has a new video system, allowing us to…

    • 2012 is Almost Here: The End of The World Is Upon Us by: billnieporte

      December 30, 2011, 10:07

      End Of The World Have you ever had a song that has been stuck in your head and you just can’t get it out of there? Sometimes it’s a commercial…

    • Cursing the Darkness by: billnieporte

      November 30, 2011, 07:41

      The lectionary texts for this coming Second Sunday of Advent encourage us to bring a message of hopeful peace into the dark corners of our world. Isaiah…

    • An interview with Thomas G. Long, author of Accompany Them With Singing by: billnieporte

      January 5, 2012, 09:19

      Funeral An interview with Thomas G. Long, author of Accompany Them With Singing - The Christian Funeral Thomas G. Long, one of Americas most trusted and…

    • Indifference is Fatal by: billnieporte

      December 5, 2011, 23:05

      “Christians have no business thinking that the good life consists mainly in not doing bad things. We have no business thinking that to do evil in this world…

    • Feasting on the Word - My favorite Bible study resource by: billnieporte

      January 7, 2012, 06:55

      The Word Feasting on the Word When it comes to feasting on the Word, we preachers have learned that there are no better guides than Barbara Brown Taylor…

    • The Trinity and You (Video w/ great music) by: billnieporte

      December 16, 2011, 07:19

      The Trinity and You.flv Words John Crowder,Professor Thomas F.Torrance,Music by A.Christopher Welch Music played half written half spontaneous , recorded in…

    • Enough by: billnieporte

      August 7, 2012, 04:51

      Starting July 29 and continuing into September, I am preaching a series of sermons through John 6. We will be exploring God's grace revealed in Jesus and…

    • Birth by: billnieporte

      August 13, 2012, 03:37

      Birth  -  Scripture Lesson: John 3:1-17 Norman Pritchard has written:  “Familiarity can breed, if not contempt, at least indifference in our hearts and…

    • VBS 2012 Video Report From Ocho by: billnieporte

      July 25, 2012, 21:45

      We had a great time at "Operation Overboard - VBS 2012" Here's Ocho's video report...Click Here Now!

    • Redefining Success - A Sermon Based on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10  by: billnieporte

      July 9, 2012, 22:37

      July 8, 2012 - The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church The scripture reading for worship is 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, with a special focus on 2 Corinthians…

    • The End Of The World As We Know It by: billnieporte

      December 11, 2012, 07:59

      The Mayans calendar, some "scholars" say, predict the end of the world.  Here's a countdown clock, so you know how much time we supposively have left. <div…

    • Video - Upcoming @ Patterson Avenue Baptist for 12/16/2012 by: billnieporte

      December 12, 2012, 06:14

      Watch the video to see what's "upcoming" at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church This 90-second preview is for December 16, 2012 - the Third Sunday of…

    • C.S. Lewis On Ezekiel Bulver by: billnieporte

      February 22, 2013, 04:18

      "You must show that a man's wrong before you start explaining why he's wrong. The modern method is to assume w/out discussion that he's wrong & then…

    • The Trinitarian Faith, by Thomas F. Torrance by: billnieporte

      February 22, 2013, 09:39

      Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Faith by: Thomas F. Torrance publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, published:…

    • Repent (Video and Manuscript, Lent 3) of Sermon Based on Luke 13:1-9 by: billnieporte

      March 4, 2013, 09:54

      The video below is the sermon for the third Sunday of Lent (March 3rd, 2013) based on Luke 13:1-9, preached at http://www.pattersonavenuebaptist.com, in…

    • Ignatius and the Doctrine of the Trinity by: billnieporte

      March 15, 2013, 04:21

      Here us yet another Church Father, writing on the heels of Apostles, illustrating clearly that the doctrine of the Trinity clearly a part of the Apostle's…

    • Rightly Dividing The Word - Trinitarian Theology by: billnieporte

      March 15, 2013, 04:44

      There are lots of conversation around scriptural interpretation that "start" or "end" with the statement "rightly dividing the word of truth."  In other…

    • Dazed and Confused, Sermon Video Reflecting The Boston Terror Attack In Light of the Gospel by: billnieporte

      April 22, 2013, 07:13

      Terror Attacks On April 15th, 2013, the unimaginable happened again.  In Boston, Massachusetts, American families gathered to celebrate "Patriots Day" in…

    • If There Is "No More Bacon," How Can They Call It Heaven? by: billnieporte

      October 21, 2013, 07:52

      Frank Viola shared this recently, suggesting I'd never look at breakfast the same.  He was right! What I wonder is how it can be heaven if there is no more…

    • Teach Us To Pray by: billnieporte

      August 21, 2013, 05:16

        This sermon is from July 28, 2013, preached at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.     Lord, Teach Us To Pray by: Andrew…

    • Fred Craddock On Eating Soup That Tastes Like Bread And Wine by: billnieporte

      August 26, 2013, 23:35

      A few years back, Fred Craddock was invited to lead some kind of preaching mission in Winnipeg (Friday night ... Saturday morning ... Saturday evening ...…

    • The Wicked Servant, Luke 16:1-13, Video Sermon by: billnieporte

      September 25, 2013, 07:00

      This sermon was preached on September 22, 2013, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. The Parable of the Wicked Steward, Luke 16:1-13  The scripture text…

    • Grace to ALL by: billnieporte

      October 14, 2013, 07:14

      Below you will find the video of the October 13, 2013 sermon preached at "The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church."  The text for the sermon is located in…

    • Thomas Merton On Stuff by: billnieporte

      October 14, 2013, 10:34

       If what most people take for granted were really true — if all you needed to be happy was to grab everything and see everything and investigate every…

    • Let Them Get What They Want For Christmas by: billnieporte

      December 8, 2013, 00:30

      Every other year, the Christmas gifts under the tree in our home are limited.  We do everything possible to avoid the crowded stores, the hectic traffic, and…

    • Does God Carry A Purse?  by: billnieporte

      December 8, 2013, 22:36

      Our weekly worship gathering at  http://www.pattersonavenuebaptist.com was cancelled due to ice and freezing rain.  So I have dug up a couple of old sermon…

    • Work In Progress (Video/Text) by Rev. Natalie Kline by: billnieporte

      February 18, 2014, 12:04

      Work in ProgressI Corinthians 3:1-9 - Epiphany 6, Year A Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, February 16, 2014 The Reverend Natalie KlineThe manuscript follows…

    • Pentecost - After The Transition by: billnieporte

      June 9, 2014, 02:31

      The sermon below was preached on June 8, 2014, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  You can watch the video and/or…

    • Quick Life Lesson by: billnieporte

      June 22, 2014, 02:29

      Had a 94 year old woman in a nursing home tell me she just had a birthday, was 21 years old, and had run away from home to marry a gangster, with whom she was…

    • Enough by: billnieporte

      July 13, 2014, 07:11

      New sermon preached on July 6, 2014, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  You can watch the video below.  A…

    • Don't Be A Slave Again by: billnieporte

      July 24, 2014, 10:14

      Galatians 5:1 - It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Paul has…

    • Accepted by: billnieporte

      August 11, 2014, 08:23

      This sermon, preached August 10, 2014, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. , celebrates the all inclusive nature of God’s love and…

    • Is the Kingdom of God Dependent on ME? by: billnieporte

      September 15, 2014, 01:18

      I spent a great deal of my early years in ministry trying to lead congregations to engage with me in actions that might BRING the Kingdom of God to earth.I…

    • The Might of the Widow's Mite - Memorial for Nancy Monger by: billnieporte

      September 17, 2014, 05:50

      SCRIPTURE Luke 21:1-4 21: And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two…

    • A Negativity Fast by: billnieporte

      October 17, 2014, 17:09

      Have you stopped to consider all the reasons we have to feel anxious, nervous, fretful, and depressed?  Have you thought about all the forces lined up in the…

    • My New Sweater by: billnieporte

      October 18, 2014, 09:26

      I bet you know what this feels like. You go to a mall and shop in a major department store.  You make your way through electronics, housewares, appliances,…

    • How To Avoid A Blessing by: billnieporte

      October 22, 2014, 04:39

      Here's how to avoid a blessing. Be bitter and suspicious. Today I had the oil change in my car. When I paid, the company gave me a 50% off coupon for a…

    • The Power of Release by: billnieporte

      October 22, 2014, 04:41

      Your speech affects others. If you speak with anger and bitterness, others will feel your anger and bitter attitude. If you speak with unforgiving phrases…

    • Does God Need My Worship?  by: billnieporte

      October 30, 2014, 00:04

      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…

    • Prayer of Thanksgiving by: billnieporte

      November 27, 2014, 05:57

      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…

    • An Atheist Parking Spot by: billnieporte

      December 12, 2014, 23:56

      Yesterday, this made me VERY angry. But I am better now. I was in a nearby hospital parking lot. A member of my parish is in ICU with serious heart…

    • Dreaming Dreams and Killing Giants by: billnieporte

      January 18, 2015, 23:37

      Here's my favorite Giant.  Wrestling's own "Andre the Giant."  Though I think his best role was in "The Princess Bride."  We'll let that be another…

    • Scandalous Grace - The Story of Esther by: billnieporte

      March 2, 2015, 10:02

      This post include the sermon  text for the message I preached on March 1, 2015 at a meeting of the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. Due…

    • An Open Letter to Eddie Hammett by: billnieporte

      March 20, 2015, 00:51

      Eddie: Thanks so much for including me in the Congregational Coaching seminar earlier this week at the Baptist General Association of Virginia. The…

    • For RICHMOND, VA clergy, church staff, denominational workers, spouses, seminarians, professors (ecumenical) by: billnieporte

      March 27, 2015, 03:52

      ANNOUNCING CLERGY GOLD 2015 I'm Building A Fitness Challenge Team AND I need 10-15 team members. Each year the Gold's Gym where I workout hosts a "Corporate…

    • Funeral Mediation for the Reverend Dan Stevens by: billnieporte

      June 10, 2015, 20:28

      Below is the funeral mediation honoring the Reverend Dan Steven's, former pastor of the Park View Baptist Church (now Patterson Avenue Baptist). Dan…

    • The Faith To Call Jesus Lord! by: billnieporte

      July 5, 2015, 15:32

      Today’s blog contains the sermon manuscript and video for a message preached July 5, 2015 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You…

    • R.I.P. Mrs. Virginia Province by: billnieporte

      September 27, 2015, 15:08

      Sad to report the passing of one of my favorite people, Mrs. Virginia Province, age 99 - who died yesterday morning at her home in Richmond Virginia. In…

    • Celebrating the Life and Ministry of Ms. Virginia Provence by: billnieporte

      September 30, 2015, 15:09

      The God of the Old People - Isaiah 46:4  “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry…

    • The Muddles by: billnieporte

      December 19, 2015, 15:49

      This post contains the sermon preaching on December, 2015, at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  The sermon is titled:  “The Muddles” and is based on…

    • T'was Two Weeks Before Christmas by: billnieporte

      December 19, 2015, 15:56

      20 years ago, or so, I heard two other ministers...one Methodist and the other a Romans Catholic Priest...wrote and deliver a sermon, using the meter and verse…

    • Yes, And by: billnieporte

      June 11, 2016, 17:56

      This post contains the sermon preaching on March 20, 2016, at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  The sermon is titled:  “Yes, And” and is based on…

    • .58 (video sermon) by: billnieporte

      October 29, 2016, 15:50

      This post contains a recent sermon preaching at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  The sermon is titled:  “.58” You can see the video below. T…

    • Father by: billnieporte

      October 29, 2016, 15:52

      This post contains a recent sermon preaching at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  The sermon is titled:  “Father” You can see the video below.…

    • How Much Is The Church Worth by: billnieporte

      October 29, 2016, 15:53

      This post contains a recent sermon preaching at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  The sermon is titled:  “How Much Is The Church Worth?” You can…

    • Increase Our Faith by: billnieporte

      October 29, 2016, 15:56

      This post contains a recent sermon preaching at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  The sermon is titled:  “Increase Our Faith." You can see the video…

    • Walls by: billnieporte

      October 29, 2016, 15:58

      This post contains a recent sermon preaching at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  The sermon is titled:  “Walls" You can see the video below. There…

    • Thank You by: billnieporte

      October 29, 2016, 15:59

      This post contains a recent sermon preaching at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  The sermon is titled:  “Thank You" You can see the video below.…

    • The Church Today by: billnieporte

      November 2, 2016, 12:13

      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…

    • Historic Richmond Church Closing by: billnieporte

      July 7, 2017, 11:56

      Historic Richmond Church Closing Property to Be Donated to a Newer, Local Congregation Richmond, Virginia, July 5, 2016:  The Patterson Avenue Baptist…

    • Lenten Intentions: Renouncinig Evil by: billnieporte

      March 30, 2017, 15:54

      Lenten Intentions:  Renouncing Evil Below is the video and manuscript for the First Sunday of Lent at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. Matthew…

    • Lenten Intentions: Roadblocks by: billnieporte

      March 30, 2017, 15:55

      Roadblocks This is week three of Lenten 2017.  The sermon title is ROADBLOCKS from the series:  "Lenten Intentions"  Bot the video and manuscript are…

    • Holy Tuesday, What authority? by: billnieporte

      April 11, 2017, 17:57

      Holy Tuesday:  By What Authority? Matthew 21:19-22New International Version (NIV) 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing…

    • Final Sermons: Some Doubted by: billnieporte

      September 28, 2017, 08:37

      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…

    • Reading Between The Lines of "The End of The Road" by: billnieporte

      September 28, 2017, 15:47

      Here is a review by Jerry Drino of a recent sermon. ...... To your sermon.  I like the way you created a litany out of "Ashes to ashes and dust to…

    • Birthing Moments of Hope; at Ginter Park Baptist Church by: billnieporte

      November 26, 2017, 17:55

      This is the sermon I preached  at the Ginter Park Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.  It is titled: Birthing Moments of Hope Isaiah 9:1-7 - 1Nevertheles…

    • A Spirit of Applause at Grace Baptist Church, Richmond VA by: billnieporte

      November 26, 2017, 18:07

      A Spirit of Applause Psalm 100 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come into GOD’s presence with singing. …

    • Christmas for Grown-ups, Chamberlyne Baptist by: billnieporte

      January 10, 2018, 22:02

      This is the sermon I preached at the Chamberlayne Baptist Church where my friend Dave Peppler is pastor.   Christmas for Grown-ups     Luke…

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    • Desire Found Me (book review) by: billnieporte

      May 8, 2015, 14:06

      I received a complimentary copy Andre Rabe’s book Desire Found Me as a participant in Mike Morrell’s “Speakeasy” blogging network. This blog post…

    • Who Is Jesus? by: billnieporte

      October 16, 2010, 03:28

      Who Is Jesus?  If you do an internet search of the name “Jesus,” you'll have to admit he's a popular person. One search engine produced over…

    • The Unholy Trinity by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2010, 10:38

      Here’s something I read today by Jonathan Stepp over at http://trinityandhumanity.wordpress.com He call's it "the unholy Trinty." "Here's the unholy…

    • What Happened At The Cross? by: billnieporte

      December 1, 2010, 06:54

      I am passionate about biblical theology.  That means I often get in trouble with some people who have heard all their lives that some doctrine they believe is…

    • Why Did Jesus Come? by: billnieporte

      December 27, 2010, 05:10

      From my friend Steve McVey: Jesus didn’t come into the world so that the Father would change His mind about us. Your Father has never been angry with man…

    • God Is Not A Listkeeper by: billnieporte

      January 17, 2011, 03:26

      In John 1, we discocver that when the Baptizer saw Jesus he said:  "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes way the SIN of the world!"  This sermon, preached at…

    • Baxter Kruger on Sharing Jesus' Life by: billnieporte

      February 19, 2011, 07:34

      Today's post is from a theologian whose books have greatly influenced my thinking. You can find his books at my "Bookstore" link.

    • Does Love Win? by: billnieporte

      March 9, 2011, 06:49

      The net is all a buzz about the forth-coming book by Rob Bell titled:  “Love Wins!”  Not just the net, however!  There have been stories broadcast by…

    • Easter Gift: The Ability To SEE What God Is Really Like by: billnieporte

      April 23, 2011, 22:25

      Read John 9: 1-41  The theme for my last post was Jesus’ claim to be the “light of the world” (8:12).  As the events of chapter 9 unfold, we see…

    • Do You Enjoy God? by: billnieporte

      July 18, 2011, 22:45

      In today’s post I want to ask you THE question for gauging your spiritual health. Are you ready? Here's the question: Do you enjoy God? Are you…

    • The Faith of Christ, by C. Baxter Kruger by: billnieporte

      October 26, 2011, 17:35

      The following article was brought to my attention by Steve McVey on his blog site.   It addresses well an issue in biblical interpretation which, when…

    • Confined: Christmas Sermon 2011 At Patterson Avenue Baptist, Richmond, Virginia by: billnieporte

      December 26, 2011, 07:58

      Here’s the good news for this Christmas day: “Jesus Christ, the human Son of God, is born into this world captive to all the things that bind and restrict…

    • A Visit From The Christ Child (a poem) by: billnieporte

      December 7, 2011, 01:28

      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…

    • T'was Two Weeks Before Christmas (Video and Text) by: billnieporte

      December 23, 2013, 07:53

      Included in this blog is a link to watch the video promo for worship at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church a couple years ago.  It's one of the most talked…

    • A Christmas Great Christmas Story by: billnieporte

      December 15, 2011, 10:43

      . The above video is from my friend, John Upton, Executive Director, Virginia Baptist Mission Board.    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.   …

    • The Meaning of Christmas - with help from Linus by: billnieporte

      December 18, 2011, 01:06

      Linus Christmas Monologue from Peanuts-A Charlie Brown Christmas. Linus tells us ”what Christmas is all about”. Even though people around the world…

    • Max Lucado: Gabriel's Questions by: billnieporte

      December 19, 2011, 11:05

      These stories-like your favorite Christmas ornaments-come in all shapes and sizes. They unfold in a variety of settings, from ancient Bethlehem to rural…

    • Legacy  by: billnieporte

      December 19, 2011, 15:10

      Every day in so many ways, we are trying to create our sense of value and worth. We engage in so many building plans to establish our Legacy. The message of…

    • Not Enough by: billnieporte

      September 11, 2012, 22:53

      We really don't get it very often!  We really don't get Jesus! We think Jesus was just some sort of event planner for our religious amusement. We think…

    • Gross Theology by: billnieporte

      September 11, 2012, 23:11

      Sometimes we have some really Gross Theology - and it is fitting to say so. In fact, Jesus is the author of some really Gross Theology This sermon was…

    • It's Not About You by: billnieporte

      September 17, 2012, 06:25

      The cross is not a method for our personal and private "salvation." The cross is not the pattern or template for Christian discipleship. While it is…

    • Jesus Is My Life by: billnieporte

      September 23, 2012, 03:28

      I use to preach Jesus as Savior. While I think that is true, it turns out it is not enough. That makes Christianity little more than fire insurance, and it…

    • The Shack Revisited by Dr. C. Baxter Kruger by: billnieporte

      October 2, 2012, 14:09

      "Dr. Baxter Kruger's "revisits" Wm. Paul Young classic best seller "The Shack" in his new book "The Shack Revisited!" There is a revival happening - a…

    • The Baxter Kruger Book Collection by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2012, 07:16

      Jesus and the Undoing of Adam by: C. Baxter Kruger publisher: Perichoresis, Inc., published: 2007-09-01 ASIN: 0964546558 EAN: 9780964546554 sales…

    • "Cross Roads" by William Paul Young (Book Review) by: billnieporte

      November 29, 2012, 00:55

      William Paul Young is a Canadian author, raised by his missionary parents, who lived in what was once know as New Guinea.  He endured tremendous loss as a…

    • What Do You Suppose God Looks Like? (Sermon) by: billnieporte

      December 4, 2012, 08:21

      Throughout Advent I am reading Michael Slaughter's book "Christmas is Not Your Birthday: Experience the Joy of Living and Giving Like Jesus."  Along the way,…

    • God is Love - God is Trinity - God is Dance by: billnieporte

      December 5, 2012, 23:31

      "God is love!" So says the scripture.  As such, God is by nature relational.  God is not some abstract omni-being who is the byproduct of post enlightenmen…

    • Scandalous Grace (Video Sermon)  by: billnieporte

      December 24, 2012, 06:07

      The Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 23, 2012) at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church was a enjoyable gathering filled with traditional Christmas carols and a…

    • Next Person In Line, Please (Video and Manuscript Sermon) by: billnieporte

      January 15, 2013, 01:22

      The sermon for this post was preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church on January 13, 2012.  The sermon is titled: "Next Person In Line, Please." You…

    • Not Enough Booze by: billnieporte

      January 21, 2013, 07:41

      Have you ever attended a party where they ran out of booze? Jesus did!  He attended a wedding feast in Cana where there was "not enough booze" The keg…

    • Jesus, The Center of All Things, by Baxter Kruger by: billnieporte

      February 23, 2013, 08:00

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    • Shelter (Video Sermon) by: billnieporte

      February 25, 2013, 08:43

      If you want to come in, out of the cold... If you want to come into the protection of intimate love... If you want to experience the reality of God's…

    • The Mediation of Christ - T.F. Torrence by: billnieporte

      February 27, 2013, 00:48

      "God love you so utterly and completely that He has given Himself for you in Jesus Christ His beloved Son and thereby has pledged His very being as God for…

    • Repent (Video and Manuscript, Lent 3) of Sermon Based on Luke 13:1-9 by: billnieporte

      March 4, 2013, 09:54

      The video below is the sermon for the third Sunday of Lent (March 3rd, 2013) based on Luke 13:1-9, preached at http://www.pattersonavenuebaptist.com, in…

    • PARTY (sermon for Lent 4 - 2013) Video and Manuscript by: billnieporte

      March 11, 2013, 04:08

      This is the posting of the sermon preached on 3/9/2013 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. Typically the "Story of the Prodigal" refers to the younger…

    • Welcome To The Dance by: billnieporte

      March 14, 2013, 04:29

      The Fathers of the church spoke of the perichorietic nature of the Trinity. Perichoresis literally means "to dance around." The Father, Eternal Son, and…

    • Ignatius and the Doctrine of the Trinity by: billnieporte

      March 15, 2013, 04:21

      Here us yet another Church Father, writing on the heels of Apostles, illustrating clearly that the doctrine of the Trinity clearly a part of the Apostle's…

    • Rightly Dividing The Word - Trinitarian Theology by: billnieporte

      March 15, 2013, 04:44

      There are lots of conversation around scriptural interpretation that "start" or "end" with the statement "rightly dividing the word of truth."  In other…

    • Extravangance - Video and Manuscript Sermon for 3/17/2013 by: billnieporte

      March 18, 2013, 07:23

      Below is the video and manuscript sermon for 3/16/2013 based on John 12:1-11, preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.   …

    • There are no degrees of Deity in the Holy Trinity by: billnieporte

      March 22, 2013, 08:51

      "Of far reaching importance is the stress laid on the Monarchy of the Godhead in which all three divine Persons of the share, for the whole indivisible Being…

    • Jesus is God, the Eternal Son of the Father - and he died by: billnieporte

      March 23, 2013, 06:21

      Jesus is the Revelation of God and that He is both fully God and fully human. He is not half of each, but ALL of both. This is a part of what we mean when…

    • The Crucifixion - did God die?! (Robert Jenson's thoughts) by: billnieporte

      March 31, 2013, 00:22

      The Crucifixion - did God die?! (Thoughts from Robert Jenson-via Andre Rabe) "That we see God in sufferings and the cross would never be guessed from…

    • Laughter - Easter Sermon 2013 by: billnieporte

      April 1, 2013, 03:48

        The manuscript below is incomplete and does not follow the video's structure and conclusion.  If you have the time, please watch the video. …

    • Daddy Issues by: billnieporte

      April 15, 2013, 09:01

      Everyone has "issues." The source for our particular "issue" is unique to each of us. It might be your...Parents...Culture...Emotional Wounds...Traumatic…

    • The Coach - Video and Manuscript for Sermon Based on John 5:1-9 by: billnieporte

      May 6, 2013, 01:55

      Below is the sermon based on John 5:1-9, preached at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church on Sunday, May 5, 2013, but Dr, Bill Nieporte.  I owe appreciation to an…

    • The Implications of the Ascension on the Christian Life and Mission of the Church - Video Sermon by: billnieporte

      May 14, 2013, 04:12

      This sermon was preached on May 12, 2013 at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church What does Jesus Ascension mean" What are the implications of Jesus…

    • Being Trinitarian  by: billnieporte

      May 14, 2013, 06:28

      Being Trinitarian does not simply mean, "Hey, I believe in the doctrine of the Trinity."  It is not some sort of mathmatic equation like 1 + 1 + 1 = 1, or…

    • The Implication of the Doctrine of the Trinity (Part 2) - Video and Manuscript by: billnieporte

      June 3, 2013, 18:47

      This is the second in a two-part series of sermons titled:  "The Implications of the Doctrine of the Trinity on the Christian Life" based on Roman 5:1-11. …

    • Would You Be Mine, Could You Be Mine, Won't You Be My Neighbor? by: billnieporte

      July 15, 2013, 08:42

      The sermon video below is from the July 14, 2013 worship gathering of the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  Immediately below the video you'll find the…

    • Wearing Your Sunday Best by: billnieporte

      July 16, 2013, 13:38

      Giving Your Best Is Not Enough Scripture Lesson: Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)           There was a time when almost every child in America had at least…

    • Distractions (a sermon video and manuscripte based on Luke 10:36-42) by: billnieporte

      July 22, 2013, 08:10

      Sermon Title: Distractions    Scripture Lesson: Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)    Date: July 21, 2013 The sermon manuscript follows the video:   Arthur…

    • Papa's Good Pleasure  by: billnieporte

      August 21, 2013, 05:24

        August 11, 2013 sermon preached at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church NOTE: We do not need to earn, achieve, obtain, or warrant the "Kingdom of…

    • Bent Over People (video sermon) by: billnieporte

      August 26, 2013, 10:38

      The 8/25/2013 sermon from the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church is based on Luke 13:10-17. The sermon included a video found on Youtube, found in a sermon…

    • The Incarnation - Words from T.F. Torrance  by: billnieporte

      September 13, 2013, 07:58

      “With the Incarnation, God the eternal Son became Man, without ceasing to be God and without breaking the communion of the Holy Trinity within which God…

    • Did Jesus Claim To Be God? by: billnieporte

      October 1, 2013, 03:19

      Did Jesus claim to be God? There are some who reject the notion of Jesus as "God" - rejecting the notion of the Trinity.  They claim that Jesus never…

    • J.B. Torrance's Last Lecture by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2013, 08:55

       "J.B. Torrance’s last comments to his post graduate students in the last seminar that he did before he retired. He said, what we need is not a new doctrine…

    • Athanasius of Alexandria On The Incarnation by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2013, 08:25

      Athanasius of Alexandria "Naturally also, through this union of the immortal Son of God with our human nature, all people were clothed with incorruption in…

    • What Do You Believe About God? by: billnieporte

      October 23, 2013, 03:38

      I was in a local bookstore, recently.  It was chilly out, so I made use of a gift card to buy a cup of hot chocolate and peruse the magazine rack. I…

    • What Is God Like? by: billnieporte

      October 24, 2013, 12:07

       This week I am exploring the question:  "What is God like?" or "What do you (I) believe about God?"  This conversation began because of a conversation I…

    • Papa by: billnieporte

      October 25, 2013, 10:17

      I got into a conversation with a young entrepreneurial mom at a local bookstore.  She spoke with me about some of the reasons she did not believe in…

    • Ancient and Modern Reflections on Incarnation by: billnieporte

      October 30, 2013, 05:50

      “We needed an Incarnate God, a God put to death, that we might live.  We were put to death together with Him, that we might be cleansed; we rose again with…

    • God Invites You To Intimacy by: billnieporte

      October 30, 2013, 15:04

      In recent blog posts, I have told you about a young woman whom I met at a nearby bookstore.  She had a baby in a stroller and a mobile office.  She was…

    • Video Post (Sermon): A Gospel for the Wacky  by: billnieporte

      November 5, 2013, 12:06

       Luke 19:1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He…

    • Dumb, Silly, Foolish, Ridiculous Questions by: billnieporte

      November 11, 2013, 06:42

      Many years ago, I started a collection of " stupid questions.  It started when my son, Michael (now age 17) was just a little kid. I looked for a moment to…

    • Question: "Who Gave You The Right...?" by: billnieporte

      November 12, 2013, 00:18

      Here are some more "stupid questions" If you mated a bull dog and a shitsu, would it be called a bulls***? Why is Grape Nuts cereal called that, when it…

    • Can God Love Somebody Like Me? by: billnieporte

      November 16, 2013, 04:05

      In the last several post, we have explored the challenging questions Jesus face from the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees - all recorded in Luke 20.  "…

    • A Collection of Trinitarian Theologians by: billnieporte

      November 23, 2013, 08:39

      The list below includes the names of 36 Trinitarian theologians.  The list was compiled by "Kerry's Loft" and is made of folks from the last 100 years, or…

    • AUTHORITY From The Cross by: billnieporte

      November 25, 2013, 07:16

      Authority From The Cross - Luke 23:33-43 The sermon was preached on November 24, 2013, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in…

    • When Your Life Passes Before Your Eyes by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2013, 04:42

      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…

    • Painting The Stars by: billnieporte

      December 3, 2013, 00:14

      “When I have a terrible need of – dare I say, ‘religion’? – then I go outside at night and paint the stars.” – Vincent Van Gogh Van Gogh's…

    • God Emptied Himself - Advent Reflection by: billnieporte

      December 3, 2013, 23:52

      God Emptied Himself Philippian 2:5-11 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,     did not…

    • Moving Beyond Belief by: billnieporte

      December 5, 2013, 05:52

      Read Luke 5:1-11 Oswald Chambers wrote:  “There is a difference between devotion to principles and devotion to a person. Hundreds of people today are…

    • The Prophet - Matthew 3:1-12 by: billnieporte

      December 10, 2013, 09:37

      The Prophet Here's another older sermon about John the Baptizer - based on Matthew 3:1-12! A seasoned member of the clergy spoke about the difficulties…

    • Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow! by: billnieporte

      December 11, 2013, 09:44

      We've been getting ready for Christmas around here. We've got a new Christmas tree in the education building. We've order and will place poinsettias in the…

    • The Baptizer - Video by: billnieporte

      December 17, 2013, 09:25

      On Sunday, 12/16/2013, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, we celebrated the ordinance of baptism, dedicated a young baby to the Lord's care and grace, and…

    • HOME (for Christmas) Video Sermon by: billnieporte

      December 23, 2013, 04:39

      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…

    • Strayed Dog by: billnieporte

      March 31, 2014, 08:24

      Stray Dog  John 4:5-42 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there,…

    • No Dead End Road - Easter 2014  by: billnieporte

      April 25, 2014, 05:42

      The sermon below was preached on April 20, 2014, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  You can watch the video …

    • Find Peace by: billnieporte

      April 28, 2014, 22:43

      When I began preparing this sermon, I gave it the titled:  FINDING PEACE.   The thought was that the text (John 20:19-31) offered clues for our fearful…

    • Jesus' Mission Statement by: billnieporte

      May 22, 2014, 22:19

      The sermon below was preached on May 11, 2014, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  You can watch the video and/or…

    • Heaven Can Wait by: billnieporte

      June 8, 2014, 06:03

      The sermon below was preached on May 25, 2014, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  You can watch the video and/or…

    • A Time of Transition by: billnieporte

      June 8, 2014, 06:08

      The sermon below was preached on June 1, 2014, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  You can watch the video and/or…

    • A Motor Home and the Advent of God by: billnieporte

      January 5, 2015, 05:52

      This post include the sermon  video for the message I preached on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 21, 2014, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church…

    • Surprising Places To See Jesus by: billnieporte

      January 16, 2015, 23:48

      Doug Marlette (1949-2007) was a gifted political cartoonist who worked for the Atlanta Constitution for many years.  At one point in his career, he ran a…

    • Does Jesus Belong To Me? by: billnieporte

      February 17, 2015, 22:00

      In his book The Call to Conversion, Jim Wallis points out that the most commonly asked question in evangelism today is, “What can Jesus do for me?”Poten…

    • I am done with movements by: billnieporte

      February 25, 2015, 14:32

      I am done with movements... with charismatic movements, back to the bible movements, moderate movements, conservative resurgence movements, anti-institutio…

    • Dust by: billnieporte

      March 11, 2015, 22:14

      Dust Mark 11 I don’t know what things have been like around your house, but around the Nieporte’s’ household, we’ve been focusing on SPRING…

    • Because He Lives Easter 2015 Sermon Manuscript by: billnieporte

      April 5, 2015, 16:20

      Below you will find the manuscript for the sermon preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia on April, 2015 - EASTER SUNDAY.  The…

    • A Faustian Bargain by: billnieporte

      April 12, 2015, 13:59

      Richmond, VA was the capital of the Confederacy and was home to one of the largest hubs for slaves trading, second only to New Orleans.  The slave trading…

    • The Jesus Code (video sermon and manuscript) by: billnieporte

      June 6, 2015, 14:31

      Below you will find the manuscript and video for the sermon from May 3, 2015, preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You can also…

    • Friends of Jesus (manuscript and video sermon) by: billnieporte

      June 6, 2015, 14:43

      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…

    • The God Revealed In Jesus Christ by: billnieporte

      June 6, 2015, 15:00

      Here you will find a blog post containing the sermon manuscript and video for the sermon from May 31, 2015 (Trinity Sunday) which was preached at the…

    • A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel by: billnieporte

      July 10, 2015, 18:18

      Brad Jersak is an author and teacher living in Abbotsford, BC. He teaches New Testament and Patristics on the faculty of the Westminster Theological Centre in…

    • A Sure Foundation by: billnieporte

      July 26, 2015, 17:34

      Today’s blog contains the sermon manuscript and video for a message preached July 19, 2015 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You…

    • HOME - Video and Manuscript for Homecoming 2015 by: billnieporte

      September 21, 2015, 10:41

      The sermon from September 20, 2015, at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church is included in this blog post (both the video and the manuscript).   The sermon is…

    • Improvisation by: billnieporte

      October 4, 2015, 19:27

      The sermon from October 4, 2015, at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church is included in this blog post (both the video and the manuscript).   The sermon…

    • Short Cuts and Easy Answer (sermon: video and notes) by: billnieporte

      October 12, 2015, 12:38

      The sermon from October 11, 2015, at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church is included in this blog post (both the video and the manuscript).   The sermon is…

    • Promised Hope by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2015, 23:41

      This post contains the sermon preaching on November 29, 2015, at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  The sermon is titled:  “Promised Hope” and is…

    • The People Mover by: billnieporte

      December 23, 2015, 09:48

      This post contains the sermon preaching on December 20, 2015, at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  The sermon is titled:  “The People Mover” and is…

    • Who Is Jesus? Lenten Sermon One Video And Text by: billnieporte

      February 17, 2016, 20:42

      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…

    • Where is God? Lent 4 Video and Manuscript by: billnieporte

      March 11, 2016, 15:30

      Where is God?" Is God with us and for us, or not?  The revelation of God given us in Jesus is our definitive answer.   God is in Jesus Christ, bringing…

    • What Brings Fulfillment? Lent 5 by: billnieporte

      March 18, 2016, 00:04

      We long for success, achievement, for that feeling that says: “My life matters?” But where is this elusive fulfillment found? Jesus teaches that true…

    • Is There Hope? Easter Sermon Video and Manuscript by: billnieporte

      March 30, 2016, 20:38

      Jesus Tresurrection gives us hope, not merely for life after death – but for LIVING LIFE in the here and now. his post contains the sermon preaching on…

    • Holy Monday, Temple Cleansinng, and Violence by: billnieporte

      April 10, 2017, 15:17

      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…

  • Category: Worship  (19)
    • Torrance on Worship by: billnieporte

      November 2, 2011, 13:46

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    • Lavish Love - Audio & Video by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2011, 08:09

      The Sunday sermon at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church on November 20, 2011, was based on Ephesians 1:15-23.  The title of the sermon is "Lavish Love." I…

    • 5 Things Your Church Must Do at Christmas by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2011, 10:41

      A Road Retraveled set up by the Basilica of St Francis by Eusebius at Commons by Mark Gstohl by cmatulewicz by Liverpool Design Festival Earlier…

    • Moment of Decision by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2011, 12:44

      Did Mary Want to Be Mary? Thirteen-year-old Mary, standing by the spring of Nazareth and listening to the sound of water bubbling forth from the rock, heard…

    • Weekend Headlines and Links by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2011, 11:43

      News Headlines Egyptian Coptics Attacked, Dozens Slightly Injured - CNN St. Paul's Still Suffering Huge Losses Because of Protest Camp - Telegraph Church…

    • Blessing Discovery by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2011, 23:33

      A few years ago, an older friend lost his wife to a sudden, unexpected illness and death. He was overwhelmed with grief and wondered how he would go on…

    • Claiming Our Freedom by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2011, 23:39

      Image © Moe Photography | Flickr | Used under Creative Commons license. Americans Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking the Iraqi…

    • Christmas is Not Your Birthday: Sermon Series by: billnieporte

      November 21, 2011, 21:35

      From Michael Slaughter... I stood before our congregation in the fall of 2004 and said, “I want you to have a slim Christmas this year . . . and whatever…

    • A Visit From The Christ Child (a poem) by: billnieporte

      December 7, 2011, 01:28

      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…

    • The Meaning of Christmas - with help from Linus by: billnieporte

      December 18, 2011, 01:06

      Linus Christmas Monologue from Peanuts-A Charlie Brown Christmas. Linus tells us ”what Christmas is all about”. Even though people around the world…

    • Interview with Professor James Torrance by: billnieporte

      October 8, 2013, 08:38

      An interview with James Torrance Following this video you'll find information about my favorite theological work related to worship, from a Trinitarian…

    • Practical Atheist by: billnieporte

      October 9, 2013, 13:33

      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…

    • When Your Life Passes Before Your Eyes by: billnieporte

      December 2, 2013, 04:42

      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…

    • HOME (for Christmas) Video Sermon by: billnieporte

      December 23, 2013, 04:39

      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…

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

      July 21, 2014, 22:52

      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…

    • Does God Need My Worship?  by: billnieporte

      October 30, 2014, 00:04

      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…

    • Prayer of Thanksgiving by: billnieporte

      November 27, 2014, 05:57

      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…

    • Friends of Jesus (manuscript and video sermon) by: billnieporte

      June 6, 2015, 14:43

      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…

    • Final Sermons: What's Next? by: billnieporte

      October 3, 2017, 09:34

      This was the second to last sermon preached to the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  It explored "What's Next" for the people and pastor.  The text is…


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