Meeting on Common Ground of Our Vulnerability

To say the obvious: We live in a time of upheaval and confusion. In response, many people want the church to insulate them from ambiguity and shelter them from anxiety; they want it to be a place where hard questions don’t intrude and disagreements don’t...

Helping Church Leaders Recover from Leadership Scars

In her work on the surprising power of vulnerability, Brene Brown identified shame as a primary source of our resistance to the risk of wholehearted openness, the kind of emotional and spiritual openness, which can bring us deeper joy and energize greater...

The Voice of Truth

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. January 12, 2014. Psalm 29; Matthew 3:13-17 When you were growing up, have you ever noticed how you can tell you were in trouble by the sound of your mom or dad’s voice?  There’s just...

Opening the Gift of Christmas: Open Love

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. December 22, 2013 The Fourth Sunday of Advent Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived...

Offering Reconciliation Requires Vulnerability

In St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin hangs an ancient door with a rough hewn, rectangular opening hacked out in the center to commemorate a significant event. In 1492, two prominent Irish families, the Ormands and Kildares, were in the midst of a bitter feud....