SUNDAY SERMON: A ride-or-die friend

By Rev. Stephen Baldwin OLD TESTAMENT: Psalm 133 NEW TESTAMENT:  John 20.19-31 When Jesus arrives, Thomas is gone. Where did he go?  In the days and weeks after Jesus’ death, the disciples were hunkered down and locked up inside. Because they were afraid. The Romans killed Jesus, and the disciples didn’t want to be next.  […]

SUNDAY SERMON: Faith & Fear

By Rev. Stephen Baldwin OT: 1 Kings 19.9-15 NT: Matthew 14.22-33 Faith & Fear  AUTHOR’S NOTE: This sermon was delivered at my college reunion at Queens University of Charlotte this weekend. Grace and peace to you all, who were shaped by this place and the motto that guided us, “Not be served, but to serve.”  […]

SUNDAY SERMON: Forgetful followers

Stephen Baldwin NT: Mark 8.1-21 *Today, our churches celebrate Bright Sunday (also known as Holy Humor Sunday), where we focus the worship service on sharing laughter and joy in the Easter season. Men, let me ask you a question. Does your wife expect you to read her mind?  Does it get worse with age? Because […]

SUNDAY SERMON: Palm Sunday present us with a choice…

By Rev. Stephen Baldwin NT: John 12.12-16 Poor ol’ Palm Sunday. It’s like the boring salad at a fancy dinner. Everybody just wants it to be over so they can get to the good part. The steak dinner. Easter Sunday. Today, I want to take up for poor ol’ Palm Sunday and make a case […]

SUNDAY SERMON: Atonement

By Rev. Stephen Baldwin OT: Jeremiah 31.31-34 NT: John 12.20-33          The days are growing longer.  The grass is greening.  The robins have returned. Sunlight floods the windows until after seven in the evening.  Isn’t it glorious!  These can only be signs of one thing: Allergens.   Soon enough, those of us with allergies will be […]

SUNDAY SERMON: What happens when we die?

By Rev. Stephen Baldwin NEW TESTAMENT: John 3.14-21 I love a good backstory. Don’t you? For example, everybody knows the famous song “I Will Always Love You” originally written and performed by Dolly Parton, later sung by Whitney Houston. But did you know the backstory?  Dolly was on Porter Wagoner’s show, and they were the […]

SUNDAY SERMON: Turning over tables

By Rev. Stephen Baldwin OT: Exodus 20.1-17 NT: John 2.13-22 Being a creature of habit, nothing chaps my lips more than change. Especially meaningless change. Which, let’s be honest, is most forms of change.  When they moved my favorite cookie dough to a new spot in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, way down […]

SUNDAY SERMON: What makes you think you don’t limp?

Rev. Stephen Baldwin OT: Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16 NT: Romans 4.13-25 At this point in his life, Abraham had been through some things. He and Sarah survived a famine, a kidnapping, even an attempt on their lives. And that was just the beginning. Then came plagues, war, and unfaithfulness.  They are now elderly. With no children […]

SUNDAY SERMON: No ashes, no excuses

Rev. Stephen Baldwin OT: Genesis 9.8-17 NT: Matthew 6.1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday is the most honest day in the whole year, for it is the day we confront the basic truth of our existence: We are made of dust, and to dust we shall one day return. That’s what I really loved about our Wednesday […]

SUNDAY SERMON: ‘Listen to him’

Rev. Stephen Baldwin OT: 2 Kings 2.1-12 NT: Mark 9.2-9 Mountains are where the heavens meet the earth. Think about all the Biblical stories which occur on mountains. Mount Sinai, where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Mount Olive, where Jesus prayed before his death. Mount Zion, which became the city of David. Sermon on […]