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The Rev. Dr. Tim Boggess

Tim Boggess: Why You Will Join the Wrong Church

Philippians 4:1-9

19th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

October 15, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Timothy T. Boggess (PCUSA)

 

In his essay on the state of the modern American marriage, the philosopher Alain de Botton wastes no time in getting to the point:

It's one of those things we are most afraid might happen to us.  We go to great lengths to avoid it.  And yet we do it all the same:  We marry the wrong person.[1]

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The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth

Dock Hollingsworth: How Big Is the Church?

Acts 2:42-47

4th Sunday of Easter - Year A

May 07, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth (CBF)

 

My wife, Melissa, and I met at the First Baptist Church of Doraville, Georgia -- a northern suburb of Atlanta. She had lived in the same house all of her life and had attended the same Baptist church. My family became involved there when I was a teenager. First Baptist is the church that taught me about Christian community. It was where I preached my first sermon and years later went forward to tell the church that I felt called to full-time Christian service. First Baptist was where I was ordained and where Melissa and I were married. I thought our church was exceptional and unique and that no other place would have what they have, no other place would love me and accept me like the people of Doraville.

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