Prisoners of Fear

Shohoiya Yokowai was a Japanese soldier on the island of Guam during WWII. When American forces landed, he fled into the jungle and found a cave in which he hid for 28 years because he was afraid of being captured by the Americans. He learned that the war was over by reading one of the thousands of...

Naturally Clueless Parenting

Dad holding my brother Mickey and me, apparently before I had developed anything resembling a spine. Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, has this to say about Fatherhood: “Much of life, fatherhood included, is the story of knowledge acquired too late: if only I’d known then what I know...

Orlando and a Call to Creativity

We have to do something. If all we do is square off in our respective corners—Christian/Muslim, gay/straight, gun control/right-to-bear-arms, Democrat/Republican—then all that will happen is we’ll shout at and past each other, no one will win, everyone will lose, and it will happen again. After a while...

Does Church Make a Difference Anymore?

Message given June 12, 2016 by Larry Eubanks, First Baptist Church of Frederick This past week I was up at Princeton Seminary attending a religious writers workshop. In one of the sessions, Jonathan Merritt, who writes for the Religious News Service and is the contributing writer on faith and culture for...

The Only Thing That Matters

1st in the series, “ChurchWorks.” Delivered May 22, 2016, First Baptist Church of Frederick, Maryland  A Wedding Homily I’m going to let you in on a little trade secret: very few pastors write new messages for every wedding they do. They just reuse basically the same one over and over again. You’ve probably...

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