How to Plan Patriotic Sundays for Your Church

For worship planners committed to historic Baptist principles, the Independence Day weekend, like any patriotic weekend, is one of those times when we may feel pulled between participating in the surrounding civic celebrations and staying true to the principles of our...

On Independence Day, What Are You Thankful For?

Every day of my life, I give thanks for being an American. I had nothing to do with where I was born, but I am grateful for this accident of birth. I mean no disrespect to any other country. I was born into a working-class family in upstate South Carolina. My parents...

Celebrate Independence Day – for Christians

How do we celebrate Independence Day as Christians? As Americans, it’s hard not to go to July 4th. But as Christians, isn’t our real independence day Easter? Isn’t that the day we find freedom from sin, guilt and failure? Here’s the dilemma for...

Safeguarding an Essential Freedom

A sermon delivered by David Stratton, pastor, Brunswick Islands Baptist Church, Holden Beach, N.C., on July 4, 2010. Matthew 4:8-10 “Church and state should be separate.” That six-word sentence is found in all three versions of the Baptist Faith and...