Why Haven’t We Found Heaven Up There Yet?

The final scene in Luke’s Gospel is the blessing and departure of Jesus.  The ascension, celebrated this year on Sunday, June 1, concludes his earthly ministry. His disciples seem ready to proclaim the astounding news of his resurrection, having confirmed that...

The Joy of Easter

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. April 27, 2014. 1 Peter 1:3-9 What an Easter service we enjoyed last Sunday!  We baptized three, the handbells played, and the Sanctuary Choir sang three lovely anthems, from Christ the...

Good Morning, Jesus!

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va.  April 2-, 2014. John 20:1-18 “Good Morning!”  Have you ever had someone say that to you while you were still deep in sleep?  I remember as a boy when my mom would have to repeatedly...

An Empty Tomb Filled with Hope

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. April 20, 2014 John 20:1-18 Do you think Mary went to bed that Saturday night? If she did, I am confident she slept little, if any. It is hard to rest when your heart is broken. It is obvious she...

Rising Sign of Hope

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. April 6, 2014. John 11:1-45 This episode from the Gospel of John has often been called “The Raising of Lazarus.”  And yet, it is interesting that in the forty-five verses it takes to...