Book Review: “The Way to Nicaea” by John Behr

Behr, John. The Way to Nicaea. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2001. 234 pp. $20.00. Also available from: The Sword & Trowel (Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's Bookstore) St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (SVS Press) Biographical Sketch of the Author John Behr is presently Regius Professor of Humanity at the University of Aberdeen in … Continue reading Book Review: “The Way to Nicaea” by John Behr

Thoughts on Mother’s Day

Preacher Talk

Like many special days, national holidays, and periods of celebration, Mother’s Day has an interesting history. The movement to establish a day to recognize and celebrate the impact and influence of mothers in the United States began in the late 19th century as a result of the work of two women: Ann Reeves Jarvis and Julia Ward Howe (, 2019). Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration in May 1908 at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia (, 2019). A few years later, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day in the United States of America (, 2019). In his Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1914, President Wilson stated, “Now, therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the said…

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“Pondering the Power of Prayer”

I firmly believe that one of the many ways God teaches and shapes His children is by setting a deep question before them to consider. That question can come from a book, fellow church member, family member, friend, co-worker or colleague, individual we spoke with in line at the grocery store, a hypothetical question posted … Continue reading “Pondering the Power of Prayer”

What’s the Big Deal About Easter?

What’s the big deal about Easter? Photo by David Dibert on Perhaps as you’ve scrolled through your news feed over the past several days, you’ve been pondering that question a lot. Why all of these posts? Why all of these events? Why all of this invitation to go to church to worship on Easter … Continue reading What’s the Big Deal About Easter?

Isaiah 1:1-10 – The Courtroom of God

“1 The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah. 2 Listen, heavens, and pay attention, earth, for the Lord has spoken: “I have raised children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox knows its owner, and … Continue reading Isaiah 1:1-10 – The Courtroom of God

Exodus 28:1-5 – “The Garments of Faith and the Calling of God”

“Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve me as priests—Aaron and Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 2 And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. 3 You shall speak to all the skillful, … Continue reading Exodus 28:1-5 – “The Garments of Faith and the Calling of God”

Hebrews 10:19-25 – “The New and Living Faith”

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart … Continue reading Hebrews 10:19-25 – “The New and Living Faith”

Matthew 23:11-12: “The Power of Service – An MLK Day Devotional”

Matthew 23:11-12: “The Power of Service – An MLK Day Devotional”

Preacher Talk

“The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” -Matthew 23:11-12 (ESV)

Do you ever feel small in comparison to the world’s problems? If so, you’re not alone. In a world filled with so many daunting and overwhelming heartaches, difficulties, and challenges, its tempting to think that there is absolutely nothing we can do to truly make it a better place and ease the burdens of other people struggling in the midst of it. While we recognize there are small opportunities to help in the course of everyday life, we frequently view those actions and opportunities as a drop in the comparatively enormous bucket of the world’s problems and suffering. In trying to help, we far too often feel crushed and defeated before we even begin.

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However, Scripture declares that this is…

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Isaiah 4:2-6 – “The Branch of the Lord”

“In that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel. 3 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, 4 when … Continue reading Isaiah 4:2-6 – “The Branch of the Lord”

Joshua 24:14-19 – “The Lasting Legacy of Truth”

Many years ago, after a long discussion of the challenges, difficulties, and heartaches she faced, a frustrated parent told me, “Preacher, it is not easy being the mother of a child with her own free will!” Photo by RODNAE Productions on Parenting is hard. Leadership is hard. Life can be hard. As we have … Continue reading Joshua 24:14-19 – “The Lasting Legacy of Truth”