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Unless A Seed Falls

Unless A Seed Falls To The Ground – John 12:24-25 Below you will find the manuscript for this sermon and video from April 26, 2015, preached at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.   You can also find an audio of this sermon by visiting the church website and subscribing to our podcast. Whenever you […]

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I resign, quit, surrender

  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 Joshua telling Moses to instruct Eldad and Medad to stop preaching in the camp (see Number 11:24-29).  In the Gospel (Mark 9:38-50) […]

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

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

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A Sure Foundation (Video and Text)

A Sure Foundation 1 Corinthians 3:10-23 (NIV) “By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds […]

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Church Discipline and Excommunication – Frank Viola’s Blog Today

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 Christian related blogs on the planet (in terms of both the amount of traffic he generates and the number of subscribers he attracts – 80,000 monthly). Viola has written some […]

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Video Sermon: Soup That Tastes Like Bread And Wine

Reggie McNeal, author of The Present Future, writes in that book: “Church culture in North America is a [mere] vestige of the original Christian movement, an institutional expression of religion that is in part a civil religion and in part a club where religious people can hang out with other people whose politics, world-view, and […]

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Thinking Naughty Thoughts (Book Review)

The “institutional church” has always had its critics.  That’s not surprising.  Only the most stubborn among our number could imagine that there are not  numerous problems that are holding it back from being a commanding force in society. What seems surprising, to me anyways, is that the most vocal critics are from within the Christian […]

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Ekklesia, Metaphors for the Church, Anabaptist Ecclesiology, and a Changing World

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 of these changes has been made evident in numerous ways:  the collapse of communism, the magnitude of technological advancements, the expansion of communication industries, moral decay and decadence, the […]

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Traveling Light (Video Sermon, July 7, 2013)

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 Virginia.       The People’s New Testament Commentary by: M. Eugene Boring publisher: Westminster John Knox Press, published: 2010-01-25 ASIN: 0664235921 EAN: 9780664235925 sales rank: 229893 price: $9.48 […]

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Dealing With Sin(S)

The work of Christ  was aimed toward humankinds universal brokenness…not simply toward some laundry list of “sinS” that usually includes everything we don’t do (or hide the fact that we do). The cross aims toward our “SIN” (no ‘S’ at the end of the word). Those who make is a laundry list of “sinS” ARE (biblically) redefining […]

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