Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #102

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring two new sermons from the brethren down under.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from Luke 13:10-17 on “Love Not Legalism.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Luke 2:40-49 on “Priorities.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, September 5th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – Love, Not Legalism

Pastor Cody Andrews – Priorities

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #100

Today, in the 100th installment of our weekly “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring another new sermon from the brethren down under.

Below we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, Arkansas preaching from Luke 12:35-48 on “Ready or Not.” This sermon was delivered on Sunday, August 22nd.

Pastor Roger Copeland – Ready or Not

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #99

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring two new sermons from the brethren down under.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from Luke 12:22-34 on “Winning Over Worry.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Revelation 22:20-21 on “The Return of Christ.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, August 15th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – Winning Over Worry

Pastor Cody Andrews – The Return of Christ

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #98

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring two new sermons from the brethren down in Arkansas.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from Luke 12:1-12 on “Fearless.”

Next, we have Roger Stewart preaching on “The Blame Game” at Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City.

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, August 8th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – Fearless

Roger Stewart – The Blame Game

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #97

Today, in our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, we’re featuring two new sermons from the brethren down under.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, Arkansas preaching from Luke 11:37-54 on “Harsh Words for Haughty People.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City, Arkansas preaching from 1 John 1:5 on “God Is.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, August 1st.

Pastor Roger Copeland – Harsh Words for Haughty People

Pastor Cody Andrews – God Is

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #96

As part of our ongoing “Truth from Arkansas” series, today we have a new sermon from the brethren down under.

In the video below, Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaches from Luke 11:14-23 on “For or Against.” This sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 25th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – For or Against

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #95

It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which normally means two new sermons from the brethren down in Arkansas.

We do have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from 1 Peter 1:10-12 on “The Glory of Our Salvation.” This sermon was delivered on July 18th.

However, there’s no sermon from Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City this week as brother Wally navigates his new work schedule.

Pastor Roger Copeland

Throwback Thursday: IFB Memories #3: “Using public restrooms could be fatal”

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on May 11, 2016 and has been revised. Speaking of epidemics/pandemics…

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The AIDS epidemic was already starting to make headlines when my wife and I began attending an independent fundamental Baptist (IFB) church back in 1983. The death toll was rising every year and would peak at 42,000 deaths in the US in 1995 with no cure in sight. People were frightened. How was AIDS transmitted? Could it be contracted by casual contact? If you were around in the 1980s, you’ll remember that AIDS was scary stuff.

The pastor at our church, Joe B, didn’t meet the crisis lying down. Sermons increasingly began to reference AIDS as being God’s judgement on homosexuality. After a while, it seemed like AIDS and homosexuality were the pastor’s prime focus. As the epidemic continued to ramp up, it became rare to hear a sermon that didn’t include a statement about the sin of homosexuality. I certainly know what the Bible says about homosexuality, but it became an obsession at our church. It became sin #1. But what about all the other sins against God? I got so sick of hearing about homosexuals during church sermons that I can remember getting physically agitated every time another harangue began.

In his sermons, Joe liked to mention that he had worked as a medical lab technician* before entering the seminary and he knew a thing or two about blood. Boy, did he know a thing or two. Sermons that referred to the blood of Christ were usually peppered with incomprehensible medical jargon. With the AIDS epidemic seemingly spreading like wildfire during a California dry spell, the pastor shared his “insider’s” perspective from the pulpit on exactly where the whole AIDS thing was headed; the impending “truth” that the government was too afraid to reveal to the public.

According to our former-medical-lab-technician pastor, men ran the risk of catching AIDS every time they visited a public lavatory. How so? The alarming scenario he laid out began with infected homosexual men using a restroom. When they subsequently flushed the toilet or urinal, the water and waste would naturally swirl together in the fixture, releasing microscopic droplets of infected urine into the surrounding air. Unsuspecting heterosexual men who entered the lavatory would inhale the contaminated vapor and contract AIDS. Yes, that hypothesis was preached as fact from the pulpit of our church to a congregation that was already skittish about the epidemic. For several months after that, I avoided public lavatories like the bubonic plague. It’s funny now, but it wasn’t at the time. The moral of the story is, don’t allow yourself or your family sit under the preaching of a megalomaniac. If there are no checks and balances on your pastor (the pastor is an absolute dictator in IFB churches), there’s a chance he could go off the deep end.

But some of our former pastor’s concerns were legitimate. Things have certainly changed since 1983 regarding homosexuality. In our post-modern, inclusive, pluralistic, tolerant society, sin is “out” and deviancy is “in.” Society has been tipped on its head. The exception is now presented as the norm. Old-school “morality” is pooh-poohed. Same-sex couples are now featured quite prominent in the popular media. Most anything goes these days. Whatever seems good to an individual is “right” for them as long as they don’t infringe upon anyone else. Christians are definitely going to catch increasing “heat” from secular society because of what the Bible says about homosexuality.

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.” – Proverbs 21:2

*When I first began attending the church, pastor Joe regularly bragged that he had been a medical student before entering the seminary. A suspicious church member checked out the story and found the claim was untrue. After being confronted, the pastor tearfully confessed before the congregation that he had been a lab technician, not a doctoral student. Years later, the pastor made it known that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was considering him as Billy’s eventual replacement, another pretentious lie.

2021 Update: Pastor Joe B’s rants against homosexuals are beyond ironic in light of the revelation that he was arrested for child sex abuse and pleaded guilty in town court on June 2nd, 2021. See my relevant post here. This post is also sadly ironic because today’s COVID-19 virus is contracted largely via airborne transmission.

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #94

It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which used to mean two new sermons from the brethren down in Arkansas. However, uploads of Sunday sermons from Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City have become sporadic and I suspected brother Wally was navigating an irregular work schedule in his new career as a nurse. Wally did send me a comment the other day confirming that he’s working every other weekend.

This week, we do have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from James 1:5-8 on “What Is Wisdom and How Can I Have It?” This sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 11th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – What Is Wisdom and How Can I Have It? (sermon begins at 11:20 mark)

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #93

It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which means two new sermons from the brethren down in Arkansas. Yes, we actually do have TWO sermons today! Brother Wally’s uploads from Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church have become infrequent undoubtedly due to his new work schedule.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana preaching from Psalm 85:6 on “Is Revival Possible In Our Day.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City, preaching from Luke 9:28-36 on “Who? Why? What?”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, July 4th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – Is Revival Possible In Our Day?

Pastor Cody Andrews – Who? Why” What?