Sermon Archive

Love in Truth and Action

April 22, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses:  1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 | Daniel Glaze

The world is wondering—should I give the church a chance? How will I know they are true followers of Christ?The world will know we are Christians not by our prayers, not by our speech, but by our love. First John says, Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. The world will want to join us not when we speak of our love for one another, but when we act it out.


Youth Sunday Sermons: “Do Not Worry” Matthew 6:25-34

April 15, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses:  Psalm 100; Matthew 6:25-34 | Zach Bostic, Meg Rooney, Joey Mistretta

Youth and children are often seen solely as the future of the church, but they are really a part of the present church. This Sunday, may we see our youth not as performers on a stage wanting approval, but as persons who will lead us in worship. May we worship God together, as we do each Sunday.

Click here to view pictures from Youth Sunday.



TFC-Adults: Outside the Walls with CARITAS

April 11, 2018 (Wednesday Night) | Tiffany Terry

For 30 years CARITAS, has been helping to end the cycles of homelessness and addiction, and you, River Road Church, Baptist, have been part of that work. Join us on Wednesday night to learn about what’s new with CARITAS! You’ll learn about the 30-million-dollar project that is helping to put Richmond on the map in confronting homelessness and addiction. Find out how you as an individual and a congregation can be part of the work being done!

Tiffany Hall Terry is the Director of Community Engagement at CARITAS. As Director of Community Engagement at CARITAS, Tiffany helps to organize more than 18,000 volunteers every year. She attended Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and graduated in 2011 from The School of Theology at Virginia Union with a Masters of Divinity.



“The Way to Emmaus” by Jaromir Weinberger — Victoria Jackson, soprano

April 8, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 5b-8; Luke 24:13-32 | Victoria Jackson, soprano

This Sunday’s worship will feature the solo cantata, “The Way to Emmaus” by the Czech-born Jarmoir Weinberger (1896-1967). This composer studied at the Prague Conservatory, and later in Leipzig with Max Reger. After having fled the Nazis, he settled in New York City in 1939, and soon became an American citizen. “The Way to Emmaus” is a breathtaking setting of Luke 24:12-31, the story of the journey of the two disciples towards Emmaus with Jesus, whom they finally recognize “in the breaking of the bread. The soloist is soprano, Victoria Jackson.

Victoria Jackson started her vocal training in 2009 at Suitland High School Center of Visual and Performing Arts in Maryland. Victoria then continued her vocal training and received her B.M. in Music Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. While at VCU, she was cast in two of VCU’s spring Opera productions. Her most recent role was La Suora Zelatrice in Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions: Mid Atlantic Region in 2017 and was selected to move on to the National level. Currently, Victoria works at SPARC – School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community and is a member of the Richmond Symphony Chorus.


Palms, Passion, Pain, and Patience

March 25, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 51:1-12; John 12:20-33 | Daniel Glaze

Palm Sunday has another name: Passion Sunday. There is the parade, and there is the realization of where that parade leads. The parade celebrating Jesus is a triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Yes, it is celebratory, but it is also a journey to his death. We may be tempted to go from waving our palm branches to shouting “He is risen!” on Easter Sunday, but that would be a mistake. There is spiritual blessing in taking the journey with Jesus to the cross.


A New Point of View

March 18, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 51:1-12; John 12:20-33 | Libby Grammer

We are not God, and when we try to be, we fall into the pitfalls of sin. Thankfully, the nature of God is one of mercy toward us, God’s children. In the season of Lent, we focus on penitence, asking for forgiveness for sins, but we should also be deeply grateful for a God who seeks out relationship with us and offers forgiveness and grace. We are a fortunate people to worship such a God. That new point of view might make our Lenten journey a lot less about ourselves (and lack of chocolate) and a lot more about the God who seeks after us in covenant relationship.



Who am I to Teach You about God?

March 11, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses:  Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 3:14-17 | Daniel Glaze

Not to sound pitiful, but my job is tough. When I step into the pulpit, I feel the pressure to offer something that is new or enlightening or never-before-considered. But I wonder whether my calling is to simply share from my experience about God, listen to your experience, and then compare notes.


TFC: Lenten Series: Tony Cosby, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

March 7, 2018 (Wednesday Night) | Tony Cosby

Tony Cosby, well-known actor and portrayer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will present Dr. King’s historic “I Have A Dream” speech and will read excerpts from Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” April 4 will be the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King.


TFC-Adults: The Opioid Crisis Response with Dan Bagby

February 28, 2018 (Wednesday Night) | Dan Bagby

Ninety-one Americans die daily of a drug overdose (33,300 in 2015). The number of addictions and deaths is now considered an epidemic in this country by the Food & Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control. The increased statistics in the last four years are in the 40-year-old population, though senior adults and teens have been major populations with the disease, too. How do we help?


What’s in a Name?

February 25, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Mark 8:27-38 | Kim Crowley

God changes the names of both Abraham and Sarah in a moment of blessing. Jesus calls Peter ‘Satan’ in a moment of rebuke. What does our name as Christian and follower of Jesus say about us? Are we living up to our name?

This Sunday we celebrate Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching. Since 2007, the month of February has been recognized by Baptist Women in Ministry and partner churches as a time to invite women in ministry to preach. This annual event encourages our church and others to publicly voice our support of women in ministry, and celebrate the call and gifts of women.



TFC-Adults: Jewish Festival of Purim with Rabbi Hal Schevitz

February 21, 2018 (Wednesday Night) | Hal Schevitz

The Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated by levity and laughter, wearing costumes, and the consumption of triangle-shaped fruit-filled cookies and adult beverages, all while reading the comedic and ironic Book of Esther about how the Jews were saved from extermination in ancient Persia. While these practices are tempered by the traditions of giving gifts to friends and the poor, the holiday is best observed through frivolity and joy, leaving the seriousness of the world behind for one day of complete revelry. Join Rabbi Hal Schevitz from Congregation Or Atid as we explore the Book of Esther and the holiday of Purim for a fun and lively discussion (for mature-audiences only). As the Jewish saying goes, “They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat!”


A Voice from the Silence

February 4, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Malachi 3:1-4; Isaiah 60:1; Luke 2:22-40

Sermon by Linda Bridges, President of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR)

This Sunday we celebrate Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching. Since 2007, the month of February has been recognized by Baptist Women in Ministry and partner churches as a time to invite women in ministry to preach. This annual event encourages our church and others to publicly voice our support of women in ministry, and celebrate the call and gifts of women.



TFC-Adults: Winter Bible Study: “So what? Luke 18”

January 31, 2018 (Wednesday Night) | Lynn Caldwell

Winter Bible Study: “So what? Luke 18”

Lynne Caldwell is a native of Black Mountain, North Carolina, an Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference since 1992, and has been “on-loan” to the Virginia Conference since 2008 where she serves as Pastor of Brookland United Methodist Church, Richmond.

Since 1988 and her first appointment in WNCC, Lynne has served as an associate, pastor of a two-point charge,  pastor of single-point charges, Senior Pastor, and District Superintendent. She held multiple positions of leadership in WNCC including Co-coordinator of District Leadership Trainings, Co-chair of Annual Conference Worship, Chair of Conference Board of Discipleship, member of both district committees and the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, and member of Women in Ministry leadership teams for district, conference and jurisdictional gatherings.

While working on D.Min. project, Lynne was introduced to Appreciative Inquiry and asset –based ministry, and completed a six-week on-line course with David Cooperrider, the developer of the Appreciative Inquiry process. She seeks to practice those principles in ministries as pastor of a smaller membership church, and as teacher/learner with students who also serve as pastors of congregations of varied sizes and contexts. Lynne and her husband, Neill, live in Richmond, VA.


TFC-Adults: Winter Bible Study: “What’s Unresolved? Numbers 11”

January 24, 2018 (Wednesday Night) | Denise Janssen

Winter Bible Study: “What’s Unresolved? Numbers 11”

Denise Janssen is a Christian educator, author, and scholar. Her research focuses on faith transitions in life, particularly the transition from adolescence into young adulthood, using ethnographic research as a primary tool of inquiry. She also designs, writes, and consults in the area of curriculum development and best practices in faith formation in communities of faith. Her 25+ years in youth ministry and pastoral ministry equip her well as a scholar-practitioner with a passion for student learning.

Her books include: Fostering Faith: Teaching and Learning in the Christian Church (Valley Forge: Judson, 2014), Reclaimed: Faith in an Emerging Generation (Valley Forge: Judson, 2015), and Educating for Redemptive Community: Essays in Honor of Jack Seymour and Margaret Ann Crain (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015). She is also the author of numerous articles and curriculum resources.

An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA (ABC-USA), Janssen maintains a commitment to the local church and denominational life. In 2015, the denomination recognized her efforts with the Luther Wesley Smith Education Award for faithful leadership in educational ministries at the college/seminary level. She currently serves as a staff pastor at Laurel Park United Methodist Church.

Janssen also serves as executive director of the independent ecumenical non-profit, The Resource Center, a 15,000-volume collection of books, video, curriculum, art, and artifacts for local congregations which is housed in Kingsley Hall.


TFC-Adults: Acts of Faith

January 10, 2018 (Wednesday Night) |

Bruce Miller, one of the founders of the Acts of Faith Festival, the nation’s largest faith-inspired theatre festival, will offer a preview of the 2018 season. It includes 17 plays all around RVA, with performances from January through March.

Since 2005 the festival has brought people of all faiths together in a safe space to talk about their beliefs, with theatre serving as the device to spur conversation. The festival is ecumenical and inclusive, sponsored by congregations from a variety of religious traditions, as are members of the audience.


The Mystery of Epiphany

January 7, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12 | Daniel Glaze

In this passage from Ephesians, it seems as if Paul is speaking about his call to ministry, his Epiphany of faith, if you will. The mystery Paul speaks of not that he chose to be an ambassador for Christ, not that he found Jesus, not that he came to a great epiphany about the faith. No, the mystery is that God chose him, that even though there may have been a hundred better choices, God chose Paul to preach the gospel.