Jim Somerville: "What would First Baptist Church do with an extra fifty thousand dollars in the budget? We talked about that for a while, but eventually consensus began to build around the idea of doing something in the area of ministry to young adults..."
Jim Somerville: "When the circumstances of life bring you low, who do you turn to? Do you say, 'If I only had a little more money, everything would be okay...' or do you see money for what it is -- a false god -- and lift up your voice to praise the Lord of all...?"
Jim Somerville: "We all know people who have lots of misfortune, misfortune that we ourselves would not want to have, and they are deeply happy. They radiate happiness. You are surprised. Why? Because they are grateful..."
Jim Somerville: "That first line [of Psalm 23] -- 'I shall not want' -- makes me think of how my mother anticipated my needs, and not just mine, of course, but that whole flock of boys she was shepherding..."
Patrick Jackson: "Let me offer a sincere apology to those expecting me to put on the boxing gloves and take ["Doubting"] Thomas to task like Muhammed Ali did George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle in 1974. I think that Thomas has gotten a bad rap and deserves a little love..."
Jim Somerville: "This is where it becomes good news. If it were only something that happened a long time ago, to somebody named Jesus, we might not be in church this morning, but Paul insists this Resurrection life, this life with a capital 'L', is for all of us. We might have to die a small 'd' death, but we don't have to stay dead. Christ is risen, and we will rise too...!"
Jim Somerville: "There is something beautiful about saying yes to [Jesus], something beautiful about laying down all your stubborn resistance and all your reasonable objections and simply saying, 'Yes!' You can feel the joy bubbling up inside you as you do it. You can feel the word 'Hosanna!' forming on your lips..."
Jim Somerville: "Mary was different. She didn’t always do the thing that made the most sense. But she did listen to Jesus. She really listened. And then she did what she thought he would want her to do. It makes me wonder: when was the last time you really listened to him...?"
Jim Somerville: "God's circle is big, big enough to hold the entire world. What bothers God is not people coming inside the circle who shouldn't be there, but people who are inside the circle slipping out..."