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A Good Woman

9/23/2018
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Jim Somerville: "What if there were a movie where we got to see what the world would look like if women had never been born? I'm afraid it would be like that novel, 'Lord of the Flies', where a bunch of boys end up running around a deserted island, with mud smeared on their faces like war paint, carrying wooden spears, and yelling, 'Kill the pig!' Men, we have to admit: women have civilized us a great deal, and it is all to the good..."

Duration:00:19:38

Wisdom Cries Out

9/16/2018
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Jim Somerville: "Imagine sharing all [this] wisdom with your son and then watching him grow up to be just like you anyway: proud, privileged, and thinking that it's all about him. Solomon wants his son, and all of us who read the Book of Proverbs, to remember who is God and who is not. Because sometimes we forget…"

Duration:00:19:41

Children's Sermon, 9/16/18

9/16/2018
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Dr. Jim Somerville's sermon to the children from Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Duration:00:04:33

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

9/9/2018
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Jim Somerville: "We laugh because it's true: this is how we are. I can get along with Muslims, I can even get along with Methodists. But show me a Baptist who doesn't see things just the way I do, and we've got problems. Sigmund Freud called this the 'Narcissism of Small Differences,' and argued that it's not the people who are most *different* from us we have trouble getting along with, but the ones who are most *like* us..."

Duration:00:20:17

Children's Sermon, 9/9/18

9/9/2018
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Dr. Jim Somerville's sermon to the children from Sunday, September 9, 2018.

Duration:00:04:24

Arise, My Love

9/2/2018
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Jim Somerville: "Love, in the Song [of Solomon], is seen as a communion of souls expressed by tightly interlocking dialogue. Each describes the other's body, dwelling lovingly on each part as if to caress it with words, capturing its essence in striking, sometimes startling images. It makes me wonder: What is *this* doing in the Bible?"

Duration:00:19:31

A Reading and Prayer for Labor Day

9/2/2018
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An excerpt from the September 2, 2018 worship service.

Duration:00:04:26

Be Strong

8/26/2018
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Jim Somerville: "In the ten years I have been preaching at First Baptist, I haven't said much about the devil. There's a reason for that. It's not that I don't believe in the devil, it's just that some people believe too much..."

Duration:00:18:30

Children's Sermon, 8/26/18

8/26/2018
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Dr. Jim Somerville's sermon to the children from Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Duration:00:04:23

Be Careful

8/19/2018
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Jim Somerville: "If you're standing at a fork in the road wondering which way to go and you take the time to pray, your chances are going to be a whole lot better than if you don't. Because I believe God made you and loves you and the last thing God wants is for you to be stumbling around in the dark, tripping over every root and rock on the wrong path..."

Duration:00:18:56

Children's Sermon, 8/19/18

8/19/2018
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Dr. Jim Somerville's sermon to the children from Sunday, August 19, 2018.

Duration:00:04:35

Behave!

8/12/2018
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Jim Somerville: "If you're listening to this sermon and you're not a Christian, you might listen to see what Paul expects of the followers of Jesus. If you're listening to this sermon and you are a Christian, then you might listen to see if you are living up to Paul's expectations..."

Duration:00:20:56

Children's Sermon, 8/12/18

8/12/2018
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Dr. Jim Somerville's sermon to the children from Sunday, August 12, 2018.

Duration:00:04:37

Be True

8/5/2018
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Lynn Turner: "Have we [the Church] lost touch with our true calling? Have we lost touch with the world? Have we lost touch with each other...?"

Duration:00:19:49

Be Loved

7/29/2018
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Jim Somerville: "Have you ever felt like an outsider? When my brothers and I were growing up in West Virginia we often felt that way. And we got reminded of that every time we went to school. So, you can imagine my surprise when a girl came up to me one day in high school and asked if I would like to be in the Christmas pageant at her church..."

Duration:00:20:07

Children's Sermon, 7/29/18

7/29/2018
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Dr. Jim Somerville's sermon to the children from Sunday, July 29, 2018.

Duration:00:05:14

Be United

7/22/2018
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Jim Somerville: "In the middle of the last century, in this country, most Christians in the South had decided that black people should stay out of white churches. But a Baptist preacher from Georgia named Clarence Jordan, in those days, in the American South, began to talk about desegregating the church..."

Duration:00:18:34

Be Blessed

7/15/2018
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Jim Somerville: "I'm not preaching any differently now than I was thirty years ago, but the context in which I'm preaching has changed. The atmosphere is politically charged. The sensitivity has been dialed up to ten. When I step up to the pulpit to preach these days I feel like I'm stepping onto a tightrope and praying that I don't fall off on either side. Our fellowship is being divided along political lines..."

Duration:00:19:03

Sharing the Faith with Kathy Thompson

7/15/2018
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Kathy Thompson: "God destined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ because of his love. Adoption takes on a very special meaning for me because I am adopted..."

Duration:00:05:04

Holy Purpose

7/8/2018
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Steve Booth: "It was just a few months after 9/11 that I arrived as your new Minister of Adults. The Christian community was abuzz with a new book by Rick Warren, the central question in [which] was this: 'What on earth am I here for?' We long to know that we have a purpose, and that our purpose is a worthy one. Maybe even a holy one..."

Duration:00:23:42