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Faith for the Unexpected

11/12/2017
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Karen Brown: "We live in hope here on earth. We live every day with the expectant hope of what Christ can do through us -- every day. We live with the expectant hope that Jesus is coming back but we are doing our part to make the world more like Jesus until his final return..."

Duration: 00:16:08


But I Say Unto You: Be Ready

11/12/2017
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Jim Somerville: "Has anyone here heard of 'The Rapture'? I don't know how you keep that kind of expectation alive over 2,000 years. I don't know how you say to people, 'It could happen any day' and expect them to believe you. And that's part of the problem: they don't believe you. They stop waiting..."

Duration: 00:19:00


Blessed Are Those Who _____

11/5/2017
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Scott Biggers: "Can we, or should we, be happy when we're mourning? How can [we] reap the rewards of God's kingdom here, on earth? The kingdom begins with us. We bring the kingdom to the people..."

Duration: 00:32:14


But I Say Unto You: Be Blessed

11/5/2017
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Jim Somerville: "Even though [Christians] are not always being persecuted, we are always dealing with something. In every time and in every place we cling to the hope that we have not been forgotten in our suffering, and that someday God himself will wipe every tear from our eyes..."

Duration: 00:17:02


The Pride That Blinds

10/29/2017
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Josie Carver: "How easy it [is] to become prideful over beautiful clothes, jewels, and other visible trappings. Not that God denies us these physical things, but how we order them in our lives, what significance they take in our lives compared to God and to others, is important. Because it's difficult to fully love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind if physical things take precedence..."

Duration: 00:19:38


But I Say Unto You: Freedom

10/29/2017
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Jim Somerville: "This may be the logical outcome of the Protestant Reformation: after 500 years of preaching that God loves us and wants to save us, we may have lost our fear of hell. And that may be a good thing..."

Duration: 00:26:02


Talkback, 10/22/17

10/22/2017
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Dr. Jim Somerville's "Talkback" from Sunday, October 22, 2017. In this visit with the Journey class, discussions include what it means to be a "big tent" church; the inspiration of scripture and the apocrypha; if Jesus is the only way to God.

Duration: 01:07:44


But I Say Unto You: God

10/22/2017
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Jim Somerville: "It seems to me the authority of Scripture has been waning recently, that the preacher holds up the Bible and says, 'This is the word of the Lord' and more and more people say, 'So what? Why do you preach from that old, dusty book? Why don't you preach from something more contemporary, like this morning’s newspaper?'"

Duration: 00:21:25


Overwhelmed by Anxiety

10/15/2017
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Andrea Skeens: "Anxiety can be overwhelming. And for some folks, their anxiety is so great that it affects their everyday life. It changes how they live and breathe and work and play. Paul suggests we turn our attention away from [our anxious thoughts] and focus instead on better things..."

Duration: 00:22:56


Talkback, 10/15/17

10/15/2017
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Dr. Jim Somerville's "Talkback" from October 15, 2017. In this visit with the Agape class, discussions include the Spirit's role in the church today; listening for God and looking for signs; the Hubble Space Telescope and its likeness to spiritual retreat; the 2020 Vision process's traction in the church.

Duration: 00:59:00


But I Say Unto You: Invite

10/15/2017
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Jim Somerville: "Let's imagine for a moment, as some people do, that Jesus is talking [in this parable] about who gets into heaven. Getting into heaven is not a matter of being good enough or working hard enough or having perfect Sunday school attendance. It's a matter of accepting God's invitation..."

Duration: 00:23:23


How (Not) to Love God

10/8/2017
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Brett Holmes: "We misinterpret and misunderstand God because we aren't actually listening to God, but trying to use God to justify our already-decided beliefs. We are masters at trickery. We swap God for who we want God to be, and often we want ourselves to be God..."

Duration: 00:29:34


Talkback, 10/8/17

10/8/2017
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Dr. Jim Somerville's "Talkback" from October 8, 2017. In this visit with the Esther class, discussions include the danger of narrow, judgmental Christianity; the purpose and importance of Jesus' life and ministry; the difference among the Gospel messages of John, Mark, and Paul; how you can help move the church forward when you don't have much energy.

Duration: 00:37:21


But I Say Unto You: Give

10/8/2017
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Jim Somerville: "Is it possible that we have built a Christianity that no longer needs [Jesus]? If we talk about politics more than we talk about Jesus in our churches, if we voice our opinions more often than we sing his praises, if we find ourselves divided by the littlest things rather than united by the confession that 'Jesus is Lord,' then do we need to pray that God would make him the chief cornerstone again in our hearts and in our homes...?"

Duration: 00:21:13


Why Do We Gather?

10/1/2017
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Roberta Damon: "I have come to the conclusion long ago that God is in the minutiae of church as well as the spectacular. When I think about a homeless person coming into First Baptist Church, taking a shower, leaving here with clean underwear and clean socks, having had a snack, carrying a cup of coffee, maybe that sounds like not a very big thing. But it's important, and it's God at work..."

Duration: 00:26:15


Talkback, 10/1/17

10/1/2017
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Dr. Jim Somerville's "Talkback" from October 1, 2017. In this visit with the Young Couples class, discussions include the relationship between our church, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship; how to talk to children about God's omnipresence; the Blessing of the Animals; discerning God's will from your own.

Duration: 00:45:58


But I Say Unto You: Do

10/1/2017
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Jim Somerville: "Sometimes I talk to people who agree that going to church is a good idea. They have respect for the Bible, and talk about it as God's word. They admire people who have deeply held religious convictions and live by them. They acknowledge that God probably is the one they will have to answer to in the end. And yet they don't do anything about it..."

Duration: 00:18:03


But I Say Unto You: Receive

9/24/2017
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Jim Somerville: "None of [this] squares with our understanding of how things work. We have learned that a day's work equals a day's pay, and we have assumed that when God finally pays up, those of us who have worked the hardest will get the most. Not so. If this parable teaches us anything, it teaches us that there's no sense punching the clock in the Kingdom..."

Duration: 00:21:28


Talkback, 9/17/17

9/18/2017
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Dr. Jim Somerville's "Talkback" from Sunday, September 17, 2017. In this visit with the Bethany class, topics include racial justice, reincarnation, purgatory, and the existence of miracles.

Duration: 00:55:43


But I Say Unto You: Forgive

9/17/2017
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Jim Somerville: "The more I've thought about [injustice], the more I've realized that you could fix every broken thing out there, in the world, without fixing what's broken in here, in the heart. There is an undeniable power in the act of forgiveness. In some ways it is even stronger than the power of justice..."

Duration: 00:19:16

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