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Williamsburg Baptist Church

Williamsburg Baptist Church

By Art Wright
At Williamsburg Baptist Church we are discovering what it means to be "a different kind of Baptist." We are committed to historic, Baptist principles like freedom of conscience, but we also seek to be an open-minded and inclusive community that values learning, spirituality, and social justice. We invite you to join us on the journey, and hope you will enjoy these podcast recordings of sermons from worship, as well as other recorded programs from the life of our church.

For more information, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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"Rose-Tinted Glasses" - May 15, 2022 Sermon (Easter 5, Narrative Lectionary)
Happy Easter season! We are so glad you are listening to our podcast. This week we continue in the book of Acts, and our sermon is based on Acts 16:16–34. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, our current Covid protocols on the website, and more! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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May 15, 2022
"Conversion Experience" - May 8, 2022 Sermon (Easter 4, Narrative Lectionary)
Happy Easter season! We are so glad you are listening to our podcast. This week we move from the Gospel of John to the book of Acts, and our Sermon is based on Acts 9:1–20 (Saul's vision of Jesus on the road to Damascus). We will be in Acts for a few weeks before moving on to Philippians until Pentecost (June 5th). We will then push "pause" on the Narrative Lectionary for the summer—and we have some good sermon series lined up for the summer months! We're looking forward to sharing more on those soon! To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about  our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, our current Covid protocols on the website, and  more! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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May 09, 2022
"Courageous Thomas" - May 1, 2022 Sermon (Easter 3, Narrative Lectionary)
Happy Easter season! We are so glad you are listening to our podcast. This week's sermon is based on John 20:19–31, which is the story of "Doubting Thomas." This continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary, and it is actually our last week in John! To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, our current Covid protocols on the  website, and more! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
18:06
May 02, 2022
"Giving Birth to Uncertain Times" - April 24, 2022 Sermon (Easter 2, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is based on Ecclesiastes 3:1–22, which includes the familiar "there is a time for everything" poem. This is a one-week departure from our journey through the Gospel of John, as we welcome our special guest, the Rev. Dr. Lisa Wolfe, to our pulpit this week. Dr. Wolfe is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Oklahoma City University, and joined us as a part of our ongoing Speaker Series on Saturday. We are so grateful for her willingness to stick around and preach on Sunday morning! To find out more about our Speaker Series and to read Dr. Wolfe's bio, head over to https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/speakers.html. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website!  Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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April 25, 2022
Bonus Episode: Advocacy for Churches with Sheila Herlihy of VICPP
We are delighted to share this wonderful conversation with Sheila Herlihy, who is the Faith Organizer at the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP). Virginia Interfaith engages people of faith to advocate for economic, racial, and social justice in Virginia’s policies and practices through education, prayer and action. Our pastor, Rev. Art Wright, sat down with Sheila to talk about the work of VICPP and the key issues that they are focused on these days, including criminal justice reform, worker protections, health equity, and immigration support. Our mission council follows the work of VICPP closely, but we thought we'd take the opportunity to get the word out about the good work this amazing organization is doing!  Sheila Herlihy is the Faith Organizer at Virginia Interfaith in Richmond, VA. To find out more about Virginia Interfaith, you can find them on the web at https://www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org. Rev. Dr. Art Wright is the Senior Pastor at Williamsburg Baptist Church in Williamsburg, VA. To find out more about our congregation, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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April 22, 2022
"The Story We Find Ourselves In" - April 17, 2022 Sermon (Easter, Narrative Lectionary)
Happy Easter! We are so glad you are listening to our podcast. This week's sermon is based on John 20:1–18, which is John's unique story of the first Easter morning, and Mary Magdalene's encounter with the risen Christ. This continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our   ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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April 18, 2022
"Victory!" - April 10, 2022 Sermon (Palm Sunday, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is  based on John 12:12–19, which is John's unique story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about  our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our  ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website!  Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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April 11, 2022
"Who Killed Jesus?" - April 3, 2022 Sermon (Lent 5, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is based on John 19:1–16a, which is the second half of Jesus' trial before Pontius Pilate. This continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website!  Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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April 07, 2022
Speaker Series: Interview with Rev. Dr. Lisa Wolfe (April 1, 2022)
We are thrilled that the Rev. Dr. Lisa Wolfe will be joining us on April 23rd at 3pm as part of our ongoing Speaker Series! Dr. Wolfe will share a lecture entitled "Giving Birth to Divine Revolution." Dr. Wolfe is a professor of Hebrew Bible at Oklahoma City University, and has published widely on feminist perspectives on Scripture, especially on Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Judith. Her popular video series, "Uppity Women of the Bible," is one that we've used with great success at our church in the past. Lisa is a renowed speaker and we are delighted to welcome her to our church. Dr. Wolfe's lecture is on Saturday, April 23rd at 3pm., and you can attend in person or via Zoom. Dr. Wolfe will also be preaching in worship with us on April 24th at 11am. Her sermon will be titled "Giving Birth in Uncertain Times," based on Ecclesiastes 3. We would love for you to join us for that, as well! Find out more about our upcoming speakers on our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/speakersseries.html. Find out more about Dr. Wolfe at https://www.okcu.edu/directory/lisa-wolfe.
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April 06, 2022
"Caught Between Kingdoms" - March 27, 2022 Sermon (Lent 4, Narrative Lectionary)
We  are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is  based on John 18:28–40, the first part of Jesus' trial before Pontius Pilate. This continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary. This week, our guest proclaimer is the Rev. Dr. Paul Baxley. Paul is Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (www.cbf.net), one of our main denominational partners. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about  our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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March 28, 2022
"Peter, the Betrayer" - March 20, 2022 Sermon (Lent 3, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is based on John 18:12–27, Peter's betrayal. This continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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March 23, 2022
"Good for the Sole" - March 13, 2022 Sermon (Lent 2, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is based on John 13:1–17, the footwashing scene from the Last Supper. This continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website!  Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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March 13, 2022
"Befriending the Darkness" - February 27, 2022 Sermon (Transfiguraiton Sunday, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is based on John 9:1–41. This continues our months-long journey through  the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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March 03, 2022
"Thirsty?" - February 20, 2022 Sermon (Epiphany 7, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is based on John 7:37–52. This continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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March 02, 2022
Speaker Series: Interview with Dr. John Dominic Crossan (Feb. 24, 2022)
We are delighted to welcome Dr. John Dominic Crossan on Saturday, March 5th as part of our WBC Speaker Series! As a preparation for this event, our pastor Art sat down to talk with Dr. Crossan to get to know him better. We hope you'll enjoy this bonus podcast conversation as they talk about Dr. Crossan's career and research, the historical Jesus, and what exactly Jesus was up to in the first century. On March 5th from 3:00 to 4:30pm, Dr. Crossan will present his lecture at Williamsburg Baptist entitled “The Vision of Easter,” based on his recent book, Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision (2018). In it, Crossan contends that Christians today would be wise to recapture the earliest understanding of the resurrection event. Unlike the Western image of a solitary Jesus rising from an empty tomb, Crossan observes that the standard image for the resurrection in Eastern Christianity is communal and collective, and this offers a profound opportunity for reflection and hope today. Dr. Crossan’s lecture will be an exercise in "visual theology," with images plus commentary. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A. Note: He will be joining us via Zoom due to Covid precautions. You can join us in-person in our sanctuary, or via Zoom as well! You can find the Zoom link on the front page of our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, God and Empire, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Greatest Prayer, The Last Week, and The Power of Parable. He lives in Minneola, Florida. Find out more about Dr. Crossan at https://www.harpercollins.com/blogs/authors/john-dominic-crossan.
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February 25, 2022
"The Waiting Game" - February 13, 2022 Sermon (Epiphany 6, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is based on John 4:46–5:18, which includes two healing stories. This continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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February 14, 2022
"Bread for the Journey" - February 6, 2022 Sermon (Epiphany 5, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is based on John 6:35–59, in which Jesus describes himself as "the bread of life." This continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary. This week, our guest proclaimer is teh Rev. Susan Blanchard. Susan is the director of the new Baptist House of Studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary.  NOTE: The sermon audio is much better this week—we hope we have solved our technology issues! To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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February 07, 2022
Bonus Episode: Interview with Rev. Susan Blanchard, Director of the Baptist House of Studies at UPSem
We are delighted to share this wonderful podcast interview with the Rev. Susan Blanchard, who is the new director of the Baptist House of Studies right up the road from us at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA! Our pastor, Rev. Art Wright, sat down with her to talk about her background and sense of call, as well as all the exciting things that are going on as the Baptist House gets underway. It will meet a critical need for good theological education for Baptists in Virginia. Our pastor currently serves on the Advisory Committee and we are looking forward to all the ways in which we might partner together for a long and mutually fruitful relationship. To find out more about the Baptist House of Studies, you can follow them on social media at https://www.facebook.com/BHSatUPSem. You can also find more about Union Presbyterian Seminary at https://www.upsem.edu. To find out more about our congregation, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. Rev. Susan Blanchard is Director of the Baptist House of Studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Rev. Dr. Art Wright is the Senior Pastor at Williamsburg Baptist Church in Williamsburg, VA.
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February 05, 2022
"The Woman at the Well" - January 30, 2022 Sermon (Epiphany 4, Narrative Lectionary)
We  are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is  based on John 4:1–42, the story of Jesus' encounter of a Samaritan Woman at a well. This continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of  the Narrative Lectionary. NOTE: We have struggled a little bit recently with capturing sermon audio and are working on it. It is a little hard to hear Bob Kidd preaching in this recording, but we hope to have these issues resolved soon! To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
16:57
February 05, 2022
"Water into Wine" - January 9, 2022 Sermon (Epiphany 1, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is based on John 2:1–11, the wonderful story of the Wedding at Cana. This  continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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January 09, 2022
"Come and See" - January 2, 2022 Sermon (Christmas 2, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is based on John 1:35–51, which is John's story of the call of Jesus' first disciples. This continues our months-long journey through the Gospel of John as part of the Narrative Lectionary. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about  our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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January 02, 2022
"The Light Shines in the Darkness" (Christmas Eve Homily) - December 24, 2021
Thanks for listening! This is the homily (short sermon) from our Christmas Eve service this year. Apologies for posting it late: our offices were closed for part of the holidays, and it took a while to circle back to get this posted. Still, I hope it's a helpful and encouraging word for you as we move forward into this new year together. To find more out about our church, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, our  ongoing speaker series, and our current Covid protocols on the website! Thanks again for listening. Blessings to you this week.
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December 25, 2021
"God Goes Camping" - December 19, 2021 Sermon (Advent 4, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week's sermon is based on John 1:1–18, and begins a months-long journey into the Gospel of John that will take us through most of this Gospel and to the Easter season. Blessings to you this week as we prepare for Christmas and the birth of the Christ Child. We would love for you to join us for Christmas Eve service at 5pm on Friday, 12/24 if you are able. You can find out more about that and other things going on in the life of our church by visiting www.williamsburgbaptist.com. Thanks for listening!
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December 20, 2021
Bonus Episode: Introduction to the New Testament and Gospel of John with Rev. Dr. Amanda C. Miller
We have been following the Narrative Lectionary this past fall as it has guided us through the Hebrew Scriptures (what we commonly call the Old Testament), and this week we will finally turn the page to the New Testament and the Gospel of John! In this special podcast episode, our special guest, Rev. Dr. Amanda  Miller (Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Belmont University)  walks us through important background information about the New Testament and the Gospels. She and our pastor, Art, talk about the historical context of the New Testament, and especially the ways in which it is embedded in the Roman Empire. They discuss what is included in the New Testament, why there are four Gospels, and the ways in which the Gospel of John is unique. We hope this will be a helpful conversation for you to listen to as we prepare to spend significant time in the Gospel of John in the months ahead! Dr. Miller is a wonderful conversation partner, and this conversation is wide-ranging, and makes contemporary connections to what it means to be people of faith today. This conversation is well worth your time, and sure to enrich your understanding of the New Testament generally and the Gospel of John in particular!
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December 17, 2021
"All I Want for Christmas is . . . " - December 12, 2021 Sermon (Advent 3, Narrative Lectionary)
Thanks for listening to our podcast! This week we continue with the Narrative Lectionary as we move through the Advent season. This sermon is based on Isaiah 55:1–13. To find more out about the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about  our current programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as our ongoing speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
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December 16, 2021
"Good Bones" - December 5, 2021 Sermon (Advent 2, Narrative Lectionary)
*Note: The audio is not especially loud this week.. we apologize and will try to fix that for next week's sermon!* Thanks for listening to our podcast! This week we continue with the Narrative Lectionary as we move through the Advent season. This sermon is based on Ezekiel 37:1–14. To find more out about the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our current programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as our ongoing speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
14:43
December 16, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Shepherds in the Nativity Story
Our pastor, Rev. Dr. Art Wright, was recently on the Williamsburg radio show “A Woman’s Heart” with Lisa Granger! This episode was a part of her series in this Advent season on the various characters in the Nativity story, and in it Art and Lisa discuss the Shepherds from Luke 2:1–20. It is a wonderful conversation, and we’d love for you to listen as we move through this Advent season together. You can find out more about Lisa's show and hear the whole series here (a new episode airs each Sunday of Advent): https://www.wmbgradio.com/awomansheart.
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December 08, 2021
"Be Here Now" - November 28, 2021 Sermon (Advent 1, Narrative Lectionary)
Thanks for listening to our podcast! This week we continue with the Narrative Lectionary as we move into the Advent season. This sermon is based on Jeremiah 29:1–14. To find more out about the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about  our fall programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as  our ongoing speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
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December 02, 2021
"The Image of God" - November 21, 2021 Sermon (Christ the King Sunday)
We  are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week we welcome our own Lynn Underwood to our pulpit. His sermon is based on Genesis 1:26–27. Lynn serves as the moderator of our Leadership Council, is a wonderful author, and a true mystic at heart. We were delighted to have him preach for us. To find out more about Lynn and his writing, check out https://lynnunderwoodauthor.com. To find more out about our fall sermon series and the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html.  While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our fall/winter programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as our ongoing speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
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December 02, 2021
Bonus Episode: Pronouns, Gender Identity, and the Church (with Rev. Dr. Donnie Anderson)
Thanks for joining us for this important conversation between Rev. Dr. Donnie Anderson (she/her) and our pastor, Rev. Dr. Art Wright (he/him), as they discuss theological perspectives and a scriptural basis for understanding gender identity and trans persons, as well as the importance of paying attention to pronoun usage in churches. It is important for Christians and churches, regardless of theological or political stance, to be familiar with current conversations about gender identity in order to show hospitality and a sincere welcome to all, because we believe that that is foundational to creating space for worship and connection with God and others. Rev. Dr. Donnie Anderson (she/her) is Interim Minister of Pilgrim United Church of Christ, New Bedford, MA. She is the host of A Transgender Community for ALL, found at www.revdrdonnie.org. Rev. Dr. Art Wright (he/him) is senior pastor of Williamsburg Baptist Church in historic Williamsburg, VA. Find out more at www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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November 29, 2021
"Gloom and Doom" - November 14, 2021 Sermon (Pentecost 25, Narrative Lectionary)
Thanks for listening to our podcast! This week we continue with the Narrative Lectionary and our fall theme, "New Beginnings." This sermon is based on Amos 1:1–2, and 5:14-15, 21-24. To find more out about our fall sermon series and the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html.  While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our fall programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as our ongoing speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
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November 15, 2021
"The Silence of God" - November 7, 2021 Sermon (Pentecost 24, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week we continue with the Narrative Lectionary, as we welcome Rev. Dr. Paul Wallace to our pulpit. Dr. Wallace is an astrophysicist and pastor. He teaches physics and astronomy at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, and serves as Pastor for Adult Education at First Baptist Church of Decatur. His sermon is based on 1 Kings 19:1–18. We were delighted to welcome Dr. Wallace to WBC this past weekend as part of our 2021–2022 Speaker Series. To find out more about Dr. Wallace, and to find a link to his lecture on the intersection of science and faith, check out https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/speakers.html. We are so grateful that for his willingness to join us this past weekend! To find more out about our fall sermon series and the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html.  While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our fall programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as our ongoing speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
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November 10, 2021
"Where is God?" - October 31, 2021 Sermon (Pentecost 23, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week we continue with the Narrative Lectionary and our fall theme, "New Beginnings." This sermon is based on 1 Kings 5:1–5 and 8:1–13, the story of the building of the Temple in Jerusalem. To find more out about our fall sermon series and the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our fall programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as our ongoing speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
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November 05, 2021
"A Game of Thrones" - October 24, 2021 Sermon (Pentecost 22, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week we continue with the Narrative Lectionary and our fall theme, "New Beginnings." This sermon is based on 1 Samuel chapter 16, the story of the anointing of David as the next king of Israel. To find more out about our fall sermon series and the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our fall programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as our ongoing speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
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November 03, 2021
"Go Back to Bed!" - October 17, 2021 Sermon (Pentecost 21, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week we continue with the Narrative Lectionary and our fall theme, "New Beginnings." Today's sermon is from 1 Samuel chapter 3, the story of the call of Samuel. To find more out about our fall sermon series and the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our fall programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as our ongoing speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
17:48
October 25, 2021
Speaker Series: Rev. Dr. Paul Wallace - "Reconciling Science and Faith" (Oct. 18, 2021)
We are excited to announce our Speakers Series for 2021 and 2022! This series began in October, and our upcoming speaker is Rev. Dr. Paul Wallace, who will be joining us on Nov. 6th at 4:30pm, to share his lecture, "An Ash Heap With a View: Science, Religion, and the Strangest Book in the Bible." In this podcast, our pastor Art talks to Paul about his life and the intersection of science and religion, and they begin to explore the ways in which the two might not be so antithetical to one another after all! We hope you'll listen in to this delightful conversation, and then join us in November as we host Dr. Wallace in just a couple of weeks! Find out more about our upcoming speakers on our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/speakersseries.html. Dr. Wallace is a teacher, pastor, astrophysicist, writer, and speaker. He teaches physics and astronomy at Agnes Scott College in  Decatur, Georgia, and serves as Pastor for Adult Education at First Baptist Church of Decatur. He is the author of Love and Quasars: An  Astrophysicist Reconciles Faith and Science and Stars Beneath Us: Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos. Dr. Wallace will also lead us in a STAR GAZING PARTY the evening of  Nov. 6th at 7pm in our East Courtyard, weather permitting. We have lined  up telescopes from our congregation members, so we're excited to see  what he can point out to us in the skies! This will be a family-friendly  event. Finally: Dr. Wallace will be preaching in worship with us on Nov. 7th  for SCIENCE SUNDAY. Would love for you to join us for that, as well!
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October 19, 2021
"No Turning Back" - October 10, 2021 Sermon (Pentecost 20, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week we continue with the Narrative Lectionary and our fall theme, "New Beginnings." Today's sermon is from Exodus 16:1–18 and the story of God providing "manna from heaven" for the Israelites to eat on their wilderness journey. To find more out about our fall sermon series and the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about  our fall programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as our ongoing speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
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October 13, 2021
"Sibling Rivalry" - September 26, 2021 Sermon (Pentecost 18, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week we continue with the Narrative Lectionary and our fall theme, "New Beginnings."  Today's sermon is from Genesis 27 and the story of Jacob and Esau. To find more out about our fall sermon series and the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html.  While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our fall programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as our upcoming speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
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September 29, 2021
"I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" - September 19, 2021 Sermon (Pentecost 17, Narrative Lectionary)
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week we continue with the Narrative Lectionary and our fall theme, "New  Beginnings." Today's sermon is from Genesis 21:1–3 and 22:1–14. To find more out about our fall sermon series and the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our fall programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as our upcoming speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
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September 20, 2021
Bonus Episode: National Suicide Prevention Month (Conversation with Lynne Fetter, MSW)
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide and mental health are often taboo topics in churches. In this special episode, our pastor talks with Lynne Fetter, MSW, about some practical guidelines for individuals and churches to respond well to mental health crises and loved ones who may be suicidal. Lynne also offers guidance to persons who may be struggling with suicidal ideations themselves. Finally, Lynne and Art discuss some theological ideas underpinning our understanding of mental health and suicide that may be helpful for churches and individuals supporting persons in crisis. We are so grateful for Lynne's willingness to help equip us to better support and respond as a community of faith. We hope you'll listen and also share this with a friend or your church!  Resources: If you are having any kind of mental health crisis or are worried about a friend or relative, you can call and talk to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline or text the Crisis Text Line for support. Here is some information about risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide. Here are some steps to take if you know someone is suicidal. Here is a list of common myths about suicide. If you have experienced a suicide loss and are struggling, there is help for you, too. Here is the song referenced in the podcast.
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September 16, 2021
"New Beginnings" - September 12, 2021 Sermon (Pentecost 16, Narrative Lectionary
We are so glad you are listening to our podcast! This week we return to the Narrative Lectionary and a new guiding theme for the fall: "New Beginnings." Today's sermon is from Genesis 1:1–2:4a, and the sermon title is also "New Beginnings." To find more out about our fall sermon series and the Narrative Lectionary, head on over to our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html. While you are there, you can also find out updated information about our fall programming for children and spiritual formation, as well as our upcoming speaker series on the website! Blessings to you this week.
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September 12, 2021
"UnCreation and ReCreation" - September 5, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 15)
This sermon was part of our worship for September 5, 2021, and is based on the story of the Great Flood and Noah's Ark. It is the last series in our summer series, "Childhood Stories of the Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. To find out about our fall sermon series, head over to https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html. In addition to our upcoming sermon series, we have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship that are happening right now. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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September 09, 2021
Bonus Episode: Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures with Rev. Dr. Amanda C. Miller
This fall, we are returning to the Narrative Lectionary each week in worship. The Narrative Lectionary begins in Genesis and traces its way through the Hebrew Scriptures (what we often call the “Old Testament”) during the fall, before beginning in the New Testament at Christmas. Preaching from the Narrative Lectionary helps us follow the narrative arc of Scripture and the ongoing relationship between God and humanity that it reveals. In this special podcast episode, our special guest, Rev. Dr. Amanda Miller (Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Belmont University) walks us through the entire Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) to provide a general framework to the passages we will encounter in the Narrative Lectionary this Fall.  Dr. Miller is a sure and able guide in this task, and her wide-ranging conversation with our pastor, Rev. Dr. Art Wright, is lively and spirited! They discuss the historical background and context of the Hebrew Scriptures, the importance of reading sacred texts in community, and the idea that there are internal conversations among the various voices in the Bible. They also talk about contradictions in Scripture, what it means that the Bible is inspired, and how reading the Bible leads us into deeper wisdom and faith. It is a conversation well worth your time, and sure to enrich your understanding of what it means to read the bible as people of faith! For more about our fall worship series, head over to https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/fall-2021-sermon-series.html.
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September 09, 2021
"Don't Go Changin' to Try to Please Me" - August 29, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 14)
Please note: We had technology issues the past two weeks (8/21 and 8/29), and had a hard time capturing the audio. We are getting a new piece of hardware and expect that the audio will sound much better next week! We really are sorry that the sermon audio is not louder this week. This sermon was part of our worship for August 29, 2021, and is based on the story of the Great Flood and Noah's Ark. It is part of our summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. In addition to this summer sermon series, we have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship that are happening right now. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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September 02, 2021
Speaker Series: Cyrus Cormier - "Facing Our Fears about Racism" (Aug. 31, 2021)
We are excited to announce our upcoming Speakers Series for 2021 and 2022! This series will begin on Friday, Oct. 1st, 2021 as we welcome Cyrus Cormier for a lecture and conversation! In this podcast, our pastor Art talks to Cyrus about his life and what compels him to speak and advocate for racial justice. We hope you'll listen in as we look forward to hosting Cyrus in just over four weeks! Find out more about our upcoming speakers on our website at https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/speakersseries.html.
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August 31, 2021
"Refusing to Bow" - August 15, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 12)
We were delighted to welcome Justin Pierson to our pulpit last Sunday! Justin serves as the Pastoral Resident at Richmond's First Baptist Church. His sermon was part of our worship for August 15, 2021, and was based on the story of the Fiery Furnace from Daniel chapter 3. It is part of our summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. Justin: We are so grateful for your willingness to speak words of wisdom, encouragement, and challenge to us in worship! We are so grateful. If you'd like more information about our congregation, please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy! Justin's Bio: Originally from Roanoke, Virginia and a graduate of Virginia Tech, Justin Pierson is the pastoral resident at Richmond’s First Baptist Church. He holds a Master of Divinity from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond as well as a Masters of Theology from Union Presbyterian Seminary. Justin’s ministerial interests revolve around the intersections of  faith, culture, and justice as he tries to reclaim the identity of Christianity as a force for good in the world today. He lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Tori and their spoiled mutt, Fanny. Justin enjoys traveling, cooking, the perfect cup of coffee, and anything happening outdoors.
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August 24, 2021
"Divine Absence" - August 8, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 11)
This sermon was part of our worship for August 8, 2021, and is based on the book of Esther. It is part of our summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. In addition to this summer sermon series, we have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship that are happening right now. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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August 09, 2021
"Big Gulp" - August 1, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 10)
This sermon was part of our worship for August 1, 2021, and is based on the story of Jonah from the book of Jonah (chs. 1–4). It is part of our summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. In addition to this summer sermon series, we have some great  opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship that are happening right now. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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August 02, 2021
"Bringing Down the Walls" - July 25, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 9)
This sermon was part of our worship for July 25, 2021, and is based on the story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho from Joshua chapter 6:1–21. It is part of our summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our  website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. In addition to this summer sermon series, we have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship that are happening right now. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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July 29, 2021
"Just Call Me Ruth" - July 18, 2021 Sermon (Rev. Jacque Green; Summer Series 8)
We were delighted to welcome the Rev. Jacque Green to our pulpit this past Sunday! Her sermon was part of our worship for July 18, 2021, and is based on the story of Ruth and Naomi from Ruth chapter 1. It is the part of our summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the Bible,  Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. We unfortunately had a technology hiccup and missed recording a brief part of Jacque's sermon... you'll hear that it skips very early in the sermon. But we think you'll still be able to follow along well with her overall points. Jacque: Thanks again for joining us in worship! If you'd like more information about our congregation, please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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July 23, 2021
"Macho, Macho Man" - July 11, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 7)
This sermon was part of our worship for July 11, 2021, and is based on the story of Samson and Delilah from Judges chapter 16. It is the part of our summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. In addition to this summer sermon series, we have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship coming up.  Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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July 12, 2021
"Biblical Womanhood" - July 4, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 6)
This  sermon was part of our worship for July 4, 2021, and is based on the story of Deborah from Judges chapter 4. It is the part of our summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. In addition to this summer sermon series, we have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship coming up. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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July 04, 2021
"Underdog" - June 27, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 5)
This sermon was part of our worship for June 27, 2021, and is based on the famous story of the battle between David and Goliath from 1 Samuel 17. It is the part of our summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. In addition to this summer sermon series, we have some great  opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship coming up. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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June 29, 2021
"Smart Ass" - June 20, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 4)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “Smart Ass." It was part of our worship for June 20, 2021, and is based on the story of Balaam and the talking donkey from Numbers 22:1–40. It is the part of our summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the  Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. In addition to this summer sermon series, we have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship coming up. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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June 20, 2021
"Don't Look Back!" - June 13, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 3)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “Don't Look Back!” It was part of  our worship for June 13, 2021, and is based on Genesis 19:1–29. It is part of our summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting  our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. In addition to this summer sermon series, we have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship coming up. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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June 20, 2021
"Am I My Brother's Keeper?" - June 6, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 2)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “Am I My Brother's Keeper?” It was part of our worship for June 6, 2021, and is based on Genesis 4:1–16. It is the part of our summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. In addition to this summer sermon series, we have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship coming up. Please  check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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June 06, 2021
"Babble On" - May 30, 2021 Sermon (Summer Series 1)
The sermon you  are about to listen to is called “Babble On.” It was part of our worship for May 30, 2021, and is based on Genesis 11:1–9. It is the first in a summer series we are calling "Childhood Stories of the Bible, Revisited." You can find out more about the series by visiting our website here: https://www.williamsburgbaptist.com/summer-2021-sermon-series.html. In addition to this summer sermon series, we have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship coming up. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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June 01, 2021
"Listen" - May 23, 2021 Sermon (Pentecost)
The sermon you  are about to listen to is called “Listen.” It was part of our worship and Pentecost celebration for May 23, 2021, and is based on Acts 2:1–21. We have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship coming up. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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May 24, 2021
"Living by Faith" - May 9, 2021 Sermon (Easter 6)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “Living by Faith.” It was part of our worship for May 9, 2021, and is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for this Sunday (Galatians 1:13–17, and 2:11–21) We have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship right now. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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May 10, 2021
"Change is Coming" - May 2, 2021 Sermon (Easter 5)
The sermon  you are about to listen to is called “Change is Coming.” It was  part of our worship for May 2, 2021, and is based on the  Narrative  Lectionary reading for this Sunday (Acts 15:1–18). We have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship right now. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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May 02, 2021
"You Don't Belong Here" - April 25, 2021 Sermon (Easter 4)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “You Don't Belong Here.” It was part of our worship for April 25th, 2021, and is based on the  Narrative Lectionary reading for this Sunday (Acts 8:26–40). We have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship right now. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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April 25, 2021
WBC Stories: Michael D. Jones (April 2021)
“Being a gay Christian is a very difficult thing to be. You’re either too gay for the Christians, or too Christian for the gays. And society made you pick: You can either be gay, or you can be Christian. And I don’t fit in this crowd, but I don’t fit in with that crowd either.” (Michael D. Jones)   WBC Stories is a new, periodic series we are launching via Youtube and our podcast, in which we'll invite members and friends of our church to share stories from their journey of faith. One of the challenges of being church together is getting to know one another in deep, meaningful ways—and the pandemic has made that harder than ever! By listening in, you'll get to know Michael in a deeper way, with the hope that in turn you might feel inspired to share some of your story, too. We also believe it’s important to share stories like these to point to God’s presence in our lives all along the way. Thanks so much to Michael for his willingness to share, and thank you for taking time to listen in!
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April 21, 2021
"There Are No Good Guys" - April 18, 2021 Sermon (Easter 3)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “There are No Good Guys.” It was part of our worship for April 18th, 2021, and is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for this Sunday (Acts 6:1–8:1, with some omissions for the sake of brevity). We have some great opportunities for spiritual formation and discipleship coming up. Please check out our website at www.williamsburgbaptist.com for more information. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening. Enjoy!
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April 18, 2021
"Wait For It" - April 11, 2021 Sermon (Easter 2)
This week's sermon is based on Luke 24:13–35, which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for the second Sunday in the Easter season this year. We are so grateful to Rev. Robbie Jones Miller for her willingness to step into the pulpit for us! Rev. Miller currently works at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society/Center for Baptist Heritage and Studies on the campus of the University of Richmond. She graduated from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond with a Master of Divinity degree in 2017. She served as the Children's Ministry Associate at Central Baptist Church in Chesterfield County while in seminary. Before attending seminary, Robbie taught elementary school for seven years. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007 with a Master of Teaching in Elementary Education degree and a Bachelor of Arts in English degree. She is originally from Franklin County, Virginia, but now resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Alex Miller. If you’d like to find out more about our congregation, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening. Enjoy.
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April 16, 2021
"The Last Word . . . and the Word After That" - April 4, 2021 Sermon (Easter)
Happy Easter! We're so glad you are listening. The sermon you are about to listen to is based on Luke 24:1–12, which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for Easter this year. Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church home, or just dropped in out of the blue, we are really glad you are listening in. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our  church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening. Enjoy.
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April 04, 2021
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday 2021
Because we are not offering an in-person Maundy Thursday or Good Friday  service this year, we are sharing this video instead. It includes  artwork and music, along with a reflection on the meaning of these two days from our pastor, Rev. Dr. Art Wright. We hope it is meaningful to you as we move through this Holy Week and remember Jesus' Last Supper and his crucifixion. Thanks so much for watching! Please feel free to share with others who might not be able to attend Holy Week services this year!  Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/bjIZFdANyDc. Find more out about our church at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. Music:  "Wander" by Emmit Fenn "Somnolent" by The Tides "Court and Page" by Silent Partner "Grass" by Silent Partner
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April 01, 2021
"Collision Course" - March 28, 2021 Sermon (Palm Sunday)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “Collision Course.” It was recorded for worship for March 28, 2021, and is based on Luke 19:28–44, which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for Palm Sunday. Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church home, or just dropped in out of the blue, we are really glad you are listening in. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening. Enjoy.
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March 28, 2021
"Open Your Eyes" - March 21, 2021 Sermon (Lent 5)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “Open Your Eyes.” It was part of our worship for March 21, 2021, and is based on Luke 19:1–10,  which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for the fifth Sunday of the  Lenten Season. Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church  home, or just dropped in out of the blue, we are really glad you are  listening in. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on  your spiritual journey. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based  spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our  church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening. Enjoy.
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March 21, 2021
"Go to Hades" - March 14, 2021 Sermon (Lent 4)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “Go to Hades.” It was part of our worship for March 14, 2021, and is based on Luke 16:19–31, which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for the fourth Sunday of the Lenten Season.  Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church home, or just dropped in out of the blue, we are really glad you are listening in. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening. Enjoy.
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March 14, 2021
"We Made It" - March 7, 2021 Sermon (Lent 3)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “We Made It.” It was recorded for March 7, 2021 It is based on Luke 15:1–32, which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for the third Sunday of the Lenten Season. The sermon itself focuses on the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church home, or just dropped in out of the blue… we are really glad you are listening in. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Thanks for listening. Enjoy.
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March 07, 2021
"500,000" - February 28, 2021 Sermon (Lent 2)
The sermon you are about to listen to is called “500,000.” It was recorded for February 28, 2021. It is based on Luke 13:1–9, which is the Narrative Lectionary reading for the second Sunday of the Lenten Season. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com or look us up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgbaptist1828. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Whether you are a long-time member of our church, are just dropping  in, or live on the other side of the world, we are really glad you are  listening in. Hope you enjoy the sermon.
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February 28, 2021
Bonus Episode: Welcoming and Affirming at Williamsburg Baptist Church
Williamsburg Baptist Church is a welcoming and affirming church. We are often asked what that means to us, and what we think about Scripture and LGBTQ+ acceptance and inclusion. Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community and are looking for a church home, are wondering if we "believe the Bible," or otherwise, we hope you'll take the time to listen in to find out more. We know this is a long podcast, but we believe this is an important conversation and there is so much more we could say. We would love to talk more about it if you have questions. Don't hesitate to reach out to us to find out more or share your questions and perspective! Visit us at www.williamsburgbaptist.com to find our contact info.
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February 26, 2021
"There Are No Bad Guys" - February 21, 2021 Sermon (Lent 1)
This sermon was recorded for February 21, 2021, and is entitled “There Are No Bad Guys.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the sixth Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 10, verses 25–37: The Parable of the Good Samaritan. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more about these opportunities, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com or look us up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/williamsburgbaptist1828. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Whether you are a long-time member of our church, are just dropping in, or live on the other side of the world, we are really glad you are listening in. Enjoy the sermon.
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February 21, 2021
Bonus Episode: An Invitation to Ash Wednesday and Lent
In this short podcast, our pastor Art talks about the meaning of Ash Wednesday and Lent. As we move into this somber, sacred season in the life of the church calendar, we hope this podcast will help us prepare to move through these next 40 days of Lent with intentionality and purpose, with our eyes cast toward Holy Week and Easter beyond. Blessings to you as we begin this Lenten season.
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February 16, 2021
"Mountaintop Highs and Valley Reality" - February 14, 2021 Sermon (Transfiguration Sunday)
This sermon was recorded for February 14, 2021, and is entitled “Mountaintop Highs and Valley Reality.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the sixth Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 9, verses 28–36.  Our guest preacher this week is Rev. Tom Baynham. Tom is the Senior Pastor at Friedens United Church of Christ in St. Charles, Missouri. Tom is a native of Richmond, VA and has served congregations in Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, New Hampshire, and Missouri. Tom: Welcome! 
We are grateful for your willingness to join us, and to share words of wisdom, encouragement, and challenge today. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you! Whether you are a member of our church, or are just dropping in, we are really glad you are listening in. Hope you enjoy the sermon.
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February 14, 2021
Bonus Episode: A Conversation about Advocacy and Racial Equity for Churches
Many congregations have been dialoguing in the wake of racial violence in the United States this past year about what it looks like for us to work toward racial justice and equity. Mission and advocacy work has long been a part of the DNA of Williamsburg Baptist Church, but we still struggle like so many churches to figure out how best to serve and work toward a more racially just world. Listen in as our pastor, Art Wright, dialogues with Mark Snipes about what it looks like for predominantly white churches to become advocates for racial equity in our communities and nation. We think you’ll find Mark’s stories and ideas tremendously helpful! Mark Snipes is the Associate Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia (CBF Virginia) Art Wright is the senior pastor at Williamsburg Baptist Church. To find out more about CBF Virginia, head over to cbfva.org. To find out more about Williamsburg Baptist Chuch, check us out at www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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February 10, 2021
"Mrs. Lemon" - February 7, 2021 Sermon (Epiphany 5)
This sermon was recorded for February 7, 2021, and is entitled “Mrs. Lemon.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the fifth Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 7, verses 1–17. Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church home, or just dropped in out of the blue… we are really glad you are listening in. During this strange pandemic year, we are offering some Zoom-based spiritual formation classes and other opportunities to connect with our church family. If you’d like to find out more, head on over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!
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February 07, 2021
"Breathe" - January 31, 2021 Sermon (Epiphany 4)
This sermon was recorded for January 31, 2021, and is entitled “Breathe.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the third Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 6, verses 1–11. Whether you are a member of our church, are looking for a church home, or just dropped in out of the blue, we’re so glad you’re listening. If you’d like to find out more about our congregation, check us out at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!
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February 01, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Great Spiritual Migration
THE GREAT SPIRITUAL MIGRATION (PODCAST RECAP) During the late fall and early January, we  had a wonderful Zoom-based series on Sunday mornings based on Brian McLaren's book, The Great Spiritual Migration. In it, McLaren urges churches and Christians to shift (or "migrate") from our old, outdated understanding of Christianity as a system of beliefs to a new way of life based on love, which in turn leads to more redemptive communities and practices. In this podcast, three of us who participated in the class talk about the book and its impact on our way of understanding Christianity. We’d love for you to listen and share your thoughts! Sydney Cole is a college student at Virginia Tech and is a life-long member of Williamsburg Baptist Church. Lynn Underwood is the moderator of the Leadership Council at Williamsburg Baptist Church and led the class. Art Wright is the Senior Pastor at Williamsburg Baptist Church.
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January 25, 2021
"The Sun Also Rises" - January 24, 2021 Sermon (Epiphany 3)
This sermon was recorded for January 24, 2021, and is entitled “The Sun Also Rises.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the third Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 5, verses 1–11. Whether you are a member of our church, or live in another state or on the other side of the world, we’re so glad you’re listening. If you’d like to find out more about our congregation, check us out at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. While you are there, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!
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January 24, 2021
"The Power of Words" - January 17, 2021 Sermon (Epiphany 2)
This sermon was recorded for January 17, 2021 and is entitled “The Power of Words.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the second Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 4, verses 14–30. This week we welcome Rev. Mandy England Cole as our guest preacher.  We hope this sermon is meaningful and helpful for you on your spiritual journey. To find out more about our congregation, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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January 17, 2021
Bonus Episode: Churches, Pastors, and Politics in the Wake of January 6, 2021
The violence in our nation’s capital on January 6, 2021 was jarring for so many of us. It has been a particularly difficult moment for churches and pastors as they try to figure out how to understand and respond to this shocking and politically divisive moment. In this podcast, Barrett Owen and Art Wright discuss the violence, how they responded (or struggled to respond) as pastors, how members of their congregations reacted, and how they imagine moving forward as people of faith in the context of this difficult moment in American history.  Rev. Barrett Owen is the Senior Pastor at Waynesboro Baptist Church in Waynesboro, VA.  Rev. Dr. Art Wright is the Senior Pastor at Williamsburg Baptist Church in Williamsburg, VA.
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January 12, 2021
"Muddy Waters" - January 10, 2021 Sermon (Epiphany 1)
This sermon was recorded for January 10, 2021, and is entitled “Muddy Waters.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the first Sunday of the Epiphany season, which is Luke chapter 3, verses 1–22, and centers on Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist. Whether you are a longtime member or are just tuning in out of the blue, we are glad you are listening. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. To find out more about our congregation, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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January 10, 2021
"#parentingfail" - January 3, 2021 Sermon (Christmas 2)
This sermon was recorded for January 3, 2021, and is entitled “#parentingfail.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the second Sunday of the Christmas season, which is Luke chapter 2, verses 41–52. We’re so glad you are listening. If you’d like to find out more about our congregation, check us out at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. We’d love to hear from you!
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January 03, 2021
"Enough" - December 27, 2020 Sermon (Christmas 1)
This sermon was recorded for December 27, 2020, and is entitled “Enough.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the fourth week of Advent, which is Luke chapter 2, verses 21–38. We’re so glad you are listening. If you’d like to find out more about our congregation, check us out at www.williamsburgbaptist.com. We’d love to hear from you!
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December 27, 2020
"What to Expect When You Aren't Expecting" - Dec. 20, 2020 Sermon (Advent 4)
This sermon was recorded for December 20, 2020, and is entitled “What to Expect When You Aren’t Expecting.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the fourth week of Advent, which is Luke  1:26–45. To find out more about our congregation, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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December 20, 2020
"Joy in the Rubble" - Dec. 13, 2020 Sermon (Advent 3)
This sermon was recorded for December 13, 2020, and is entitled “Joy in the Rubble.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the third week of Advent, which is Isaiah chapter 61, verses 1–11.  Whether you are a longtime member or are just tuning in out of the blue, we are glad you are listening. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. To find out more about our congregation, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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December 14, 2020
"Return to Me" - Dec. 6, 2020 Sermon (Advent 2)
This sermon was recorded for December 6, 2020, and is entitled “Return to Me.” It is based on the Narrative Lectionary reading for the second week of Advent, which is Joel chapter 2, verses 12–13, and verses 28–29. Whether you are a longtime member or are just tuning in out of the blue, we are glad you are listening. We hope you enjoy the sermon, and that it is helpful on your spiritual journey. To find out more about our congregation, head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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December 08, 2020
Bonus Episode: What is a Chrismon Tree?
Ever wonder why some churches have a Chrismon tree, rather than the more traditionally decorated Christmas tree? We hope you'll take a few minutes to enjoy this podcast about the Chrismon tradition, as well as the history of our own Chrismon tree at Williamsburg Baptist Church! Find out more about our congregation at www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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November 28, 2020
Bonus Episode: Stewardship Moment with Lynn Underwood (Nov. 2020)
Listen in as Lynn Underwood, our moderator of our leadership council, shares why and how he gives financially to support our church. Thanks, Lynn! We are grateful for your support as well,  whether you volunteer your time, pray for us, or give financially! Find  out more about our church at www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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November 27, 2020
Bonus Episode: Stewardship Moment with Rev. Art Wright (Nov. 2020)
Listen in as Rev. Dr. Art Wright, our pastor, explains why his family supports the ministry of the church. We are grateful for your support as well, whether you volunteer your time, pray for us, or give financially! Find out more about our church at www.williamsburgbaptist.com.
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November 26, 2020
Bonus Episode: Getting to know our new pastor, Rev. Dr. Art Wright (Nov. 2020)
Friends and members of WBC, please take a few minutes to listen to this podcast introduction from Rev. Dr. Art Wright, our new Senior Pastor! And make sure to reach out by phone, email, or social media sometime soon to introduce yourself, if you have not already! Head over to www.williamsburgbaptist.com to find more ways to connect.
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November 25, 2020