Sermon Archive

Filling our Lamps

November 12, 2017 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 78:1-7; Matthew 25:1-13 | Daniel Glaze

Some preachers will make this out to be a scary tale. “You better straighten up before you get locked out!” they say. I think that misses the point. I think this is a story of love. We keep our lamp full because when Jesus comes, we can’t wait to see him.


TFC-Adults: Reformation Series with Dr. Phyllis Rodgerson Pleasants Tessieri: Religious Wars, Inquisitions, Ecumenism, and Irrelevance, Oh My!

November 1, 2017 (Wednesday Night)

Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation illustrates how much has changed in the Christian tradition since 1517. We will examine the evolving facets of the Christian tradition since the 16th century and see how the Church is semper reformanda, or “always reforming.”

After interesting and varied careers as high school history teacher, office manager/paralegal, registered lobbyist in DC and ecclesiastical history professor for twenty years at academic institutions both in the US and in Europe, Phyllis completed her career as the John F. Loftis Professor of Church History at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.  Now she enjoys free-lance preaching and teaching in local congregations and a regular worship leadership position with Lakewood Retirement Community.  In all that she does her focus is thinking historically in order to participate in creating the future.  As one friend said, she is a historian of the future — neither trying to recreate the past nor idealize the past, but use the past to build on and point to the future. Particularly she is attuned to how religious organizations can exhibit characteristics of dementia when they experience dislocation in their context.  What she enjoys in preaching and teaching is the imaginative integration of aspects of reality; thus her “connecting history, dementia, leadership, organization, religion, baseball and rock music” motto.

Phyllis was born in Louisville, KY, while her parents were enrolled at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  She grew up in Bon Air Baptist Church where her father, Dr. Phillip E. Rodgerson, was the founding pastor and her mother, Bernice M. Rodgerson, established the church music program.  Her education was:  Huguenot High School, Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia (BA), University of Virginia (MEd), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv, PhD).  She was in her 30th year of marriage to Conrad N. Pleasants when he died.  Five years later she married her high school sweetheart, John E. Tessieri, Jr.  Historians are incorrigible – her entire life history is in her name!



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TFC-Adults: Reformation Series with Wm. Loyd Allen

October 25, 2017 (Wednesday Night)

Dr. Allen will offer a first-person dramatic monologue as Protestant reformer Martin Luther speaking to his personal spiritual experience and its connections to the heritage of contemporary Christians, especially Baptists. Combining historical evidence, humor, and personal religious experience, this presentation will give a human face to the founder of the religious revolution that changed the Western church 500 years ago and continues to influence us today.



TFC-Adults: Reformation Series with Pam Durso: The Silenced and Muffled Voices of the Reformation

October 18, 2017 (Wednesday Night)

The voices of Martin Luther and John Calvin were loud and bold as they called for reform in the sixteenth century. Their are familiar and well-known voices, but the words of women and laymen who spoke out, participated, and work for reform during those same years have too long been silenced or muffled. Join us in a discussion of the writings, contributions, and leadership of these lesser-known reformers, who helped reshape the Christian world.


Dressed for the Party!

October 15, 2017 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Psalm 23 Matthew 22:1-14 | Daniel Glaze

When God invites us to the wedding banquet (Matthew 22), we think we have nothing to wear. But Colossians gives us the following wardrobe suggestions: “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”


Sometimes I Think We are the Answer

October 1, 2017 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: Exodus 17:1-7 Matthew 21:23-32 | Daniel Glaze

Is the Lord among us or not? (Exodus 17:7). It’s a haunting question. Sometimes I think we are the answer to that question. We answer that question by how we live our lives. Perhaps we show this world that the Lord is among us by how we bear the presence and love of Christ in a hurting and lonely world.