(Thanks for sharing this sermon on Facebook over a 200 times!) by Reverend Anthony R. Locke Sermon Series in Revelation # 22 Preached on Pulpit Freedom Sunday 2012 Revelation 11:15-19 English Standard Version 15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has…Read More
by Reverend Anthony R. Locke Psalm 56:1-13 English Standard Version 1 To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath. Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me; all day long an attacker oppresses me; 2 my enemies trample on me all…Read More
Sermon Series in Revelation # 06 Revelation 2:18-29 18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 “ ‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance,…Read More
Sermon Series in Revelation # 05 Revelation 2:12-17 12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword. 13 “ ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the…Read More
Freedom of religion is at the heart of the American understanding of liberty. Under our constitutional order, the free exercise of religion is not a mere matter of toleration but an inalienable natural right.
As George Washington explained in his famous letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport: “All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.” There are, of course, some limits to the free exercise of religion. Citizens cannot invoke the First Amendment to break general laws (although exemptions may be granted).
But within the confines of the law, all citizens have the same right of conscience. This essay is adapted from The Heritage Guide to the Constitution for a series providing constitutional guidance for lawmakers.Read More
Reverend Anthony R. Locke Nehemiah 5:1-13 English Standard Version 1 Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers. 2 For there were those who said, “With our sons and our daughters, we are many. So let us get grain, that we may eat and keep…Read More
Genesis 1:24-31 English Standard Version 24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their…Read More
Reverend Anthony R. Locke August 29th, 2010 www.FirstPresTucker.org at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Proverbs 31:10-31 Communion of Saints Series English Standard Version I haven’t listened to country music in a while, but I remember a funny song that had a line about going to the lost and found in a trailer park and asking if…Read More
Reverend Anthony R. Locke August 22nd, 2010 www.FirstPresTucker.org at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker . 1 Timothy 3:8-13 Elder / Deacon Series English Standard Version 8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 …Read More