Summer 2016

June 19, 2016

Bob Williamson
Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church Decatur

Don't Get Too Comfortable
2 Samuel 6:5-7
Luke 18:9-14

“But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”"
Luke 18:13-14


June 26, 2016

David Gushee
Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics & Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University

On Christian Calling
Luke 18:18-34

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”
Luke 18:29-30


July 3, 2016

David Gushee
Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics & Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University

How to Love America
Matthew 22:15-22

“Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.”
Matthew 22:17-22

Sermon meditation:
“I criticize America because I love her. I want her to stand as a moral example to the world.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.