On Cultivating Habits to Live Your Life Well

There is a great danger lurking about – this generalized disdain for tradition, habit and ritual. This is because it is increasingly understood, in various fields of study, that cultivating the proper habits and rituals yields a disproportionately significant...

The Power of Ritual Keeps You Faithful

I don’t always find it easy to pray. Often I’m overtired, distracted, caught up in tasks, pressured by work, short on time, lacking the appetite for prayer or more strongly drawn to do something else. But I do pray daily, despite the fact that I often...

A Sacred Rhythm

Sermon delivered by David Hughes, pastor of First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., on July 19 2009. Mark 6:30-34, 53-56             For Jesus and his disciples, it was such an exciting time. And a terribly stressful time.            As the sixth chapter of Mark...

The Power of Ritual

Sermon delivered by David Hughes, pastor of First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., on July 5 2009. Mark 6:1-13             Have you ever considered the power of ritual?           We’re in a Fourth of July weekend when Americans celebrate the 233rd anniversary of...