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Dare to think differently

“In this age, the mere example of nonconformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. […]

Here in the grace of God I stand

A sermon by Rod Benson Romans 6:1-14 Apart from restrooms, and ticketless parking, one of the most useful things about modern shopping malls is the addition of touchscreen information maps in strategic locations throughout the facility. I enter the mall and type in a store name, or product type, and […]

The process of justification

A sermon by Rod Benson Romans 5:12-21 As a small child, I read several kinds of books. There were picture books with very few words, like Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit. There were wordy books with few pictures, like A.A. Milne’s When We were Very Young. There were story books with […]

The benefits of justification

A sermon by Rod Benson Romans 5:1-11 God planned it. Abraham experienced it. David worshipped in the light of it. Jesus paid for it. The Holy Spirit applies it to us. And we enjoy its unique benefits. I’m talking about justification, the big word Paul uses for a central aspect […]

The richness of God’s grace

A sermon by Rod Benson Five hundred years ago – 500 years last Tuesday, to be precise – the Protestant Reformation began, and the world was changed. Baptists rightly praise the great Reformers, such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli and others, for their faith and courage, their zeal […]