Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #72

It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which means 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 4:16-30 on “The Acceptable Year of the Lord.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Nahum 1:1-8 on “A Portrait of God.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, February 7th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – The Acceptable Year of the Lord

Pastor Cody Andrews – A Portrait of God

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #71

It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which means 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 4:1-13 on “The Temptation of the Christ.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City, preaching from 2 Peter 3:8-14 on “What a Day That Will Be.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, January 31st.

Pastor Roger Copeland – The Temptation of the Christ

Pastor Cody Andrews – What a Day That Will Be

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #70

It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which means 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 3:15-20 on “One Mightier Than I.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from John 10:22-30 on “You Can Trust Jesus.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, January 24th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – One Mightier Than I

Pastor Cody Andrews – You Can Trust Jesus -The sermon portion begins at the 36:36 mark.

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #69

It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which means 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 3:1-6 on “John the Baptist: A Man Sent from God.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Matthew 4:17 on “Repent: For the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand.” The sermon portion of the video begins at the 37:30 mark.

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, January 17th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – John the Baptist: A Man Sent from God

Pastor Cody Andrews – Repent: For the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #68

It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which means 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 2:21-40 on “How to Respond to the Virgin Birth.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City, recovered from COVID-19 and preaching from Matthew 14:22-22 on “Focus on Jesus, Not the Storm.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, January 10th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – How to Respond to the Virgin Birth

Pastor Cody Andrews – Focus on Jesus, Not the storm

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #67

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 at Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana preaching from Luke 1:67-80 on “The Benedictus.” This sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 3rd.

However, there isn’t a sermon from Pastor Cody Andrews for that particular Sunday because services at Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City were suspended due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

Pastor Roger Copeland – The Benedictus

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #66

It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which means 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 1:46-56 on “Three Reasons to Magnify the Lord.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from John 18:1-8 on “The Story Didn’t End at Christmas.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, December 27th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – Three Reasons to Magnify the Lord

Pastor Cody Andrews – The Story Didn’t End at Christmas

Revisiting the Sword of the Lord

I’ve published several posts over the years that referred to “The Sword of the Lord.” The bi-weekly newspaper was once an important resource for a large faction of the independent fundamental Baptist (IFB) movement here in the United States. The Sword of the Lord was first published on September 28, 1934 by evangelist John R. Rice, who edited the paper until his death on December 29, 1980.

The first Gospel-preaching church my wife attended after we were saved in 1983 was an independent fundamental Baptist (IFB) church that offered complimentary copies of the Sword on its information table. I subsequently subscribed to the Sword and enjoyed the sermons, editorials, columns, and news bites. The Sword heavily promoted Christian nationalism, a VERY popular viewpoint within the IFB movement and conservative evangelicalism, then and now.

We gradually became exasperated with the teaching at our IFB church and finally left in 1991. The legalistic harangues from the pulpit were beyond burdensome. I had also let my subscription to the Sword run out several years previously for the same reason.

This past summer, I wrote several posts about the IFB that rekindled my “arms length” interest in the movement (although I could never again attend an IFB church). I even resubscribed to the Sword of the Lord. I enjoy most of the contents, although I consume editor Shelton Smith’s columns and news bites propagating Christian nationalism with a very large grain of salt. The principle of “chewing on the meat and spitting out the bones” applies each time I read the Sword.

On page 10 of the October 2, 2020 issue of the Sword I noticed the annual circulation statement that’s found in all periodicals. The statement said there were currently 41,774 subscribers to the paper. Hmm. Interesting.

The biography, “John R. Rice: Man Sent from God” (1981), featured a table on pp. 130-131 showing the circulation of the Sword peaking in 1974 with 288,184 subscribers. There’s now only 42K subscribers? Wow! That’s quite a decline. That’s an indicator not only of the growing unpopularity of print media, but also an indicator of the decline of the IFB.

As I was writing this post, I asked myself if I would rather attend an IFB church where the Gospel is clear, but members must contend with the legalistic harangues and shamings from the pulpit or attend a hipster, seeker-sensitive mega-church, like the one we attended from 2015 to 2019, where the Gospel is shrouded by the laser light shows and amplifiers? Ach. That’s an impossible choice, like asking yourself which poison you would prefer.

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #65

It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which means 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 1:1-4 on “Why Christ Came.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Luke 2:1-20 on “A King is Born.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, December 20th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – Why Christ Came

Pastor Cody Andrews – A King is Born

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #64

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

First, we have guest speaker, James Taylor, at Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana preaching from Matthew 1 on “Black Sheep of the Christmas Story.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Luke 2:1-7 on “No Vacancy.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, December 13th.

James Taylor – Black Sheep of the Christmas Story

Pastor Cody Andrews – No Vacancy