Reclaiming the Front Porch

Dr. Jon R. Roebuck, Exec. Director There was a time, decades ago, when homes were built with large front porches.  It’s where family life and neighborhood conversation all convened.  You could drive up and down any street in any small town and find people sitting on the porch, maybe an iced tea on the table …

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Podcast: Commanded to Love

This podcast features some reflections from the Old Testament calling people of faith of to be proactive and intentional about loving their neighbors. http://blogs.belmont.edu/ifbl/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-06-23-15-08-20.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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The Treasure Within

Dr. Jon R. Roebuck, Exec. Director A few days ago, this painting sold at auction to a Japanese businessman for $110.5 million dollars.  It is by the American artist, Jean-Michael Basquiat who died at the age of 28 back in 1998.  He painted this work when he was 21 years-old.  The auction price was historic in …

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The Hard Work of Being Christ-Like

Dr. Jon R. Roebuck, Exec. Director If someone once told you that becoming a Christian would lead to an easy life, they lied.  To be sure, the access point of faith is simple… it takes belief and trust.  And then you begin to live the life.  That’s where things start to become a little more …

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Podcast: Tear Down This Wall

On this week’s episode, Dr. Roebuck speaks of how some of the strong walls within our culture need to be torn down by the power of God’s people at work. http://blogs.belmont.edu/ifbl/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IFBL-0015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Angels & Demons

Dr. Jon R Roebuck, Exec. Director Quick… tell me what comes to mind when you think of the word, “Angel.”  For most of us, the image is one of a beautiful, winged creature, dressed in white, that floats effortlessly in the sky like those who once appeared in Bethlehem to welcome the Savior’s birth.  Though …

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Un-Social Media

Dr. Jon Roebuck, Exec. Director It all seemed like a good idea at the time… carefully developed apps on our smart phones that were going to connect us to one another in ways that we never dreamed possible.  Social media programs like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram promised to reunite us with old friends, connect …

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Jesse and The King

Dr. Jon R Roebuck, Exec. Director Jesse is one of those good southern names that you hear when you get deep into the Bible Belt.  The name itself conjures up rural, southern living.  It’s a Bible name.  You remember the story of Jesse.  He was the man from Bethlehem who had all the sons.  Samuel, …

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The Weight of Passion

Dr. Jon R Roebuck, Exec. Director I spent 32 of the past 33 years pastoring different Baptist congregations here in the deep South.  Some of the special moments, often celebrated in worship during those years, were those moments when the church celebrated the Lord’s Supper.  My last church observed the Lord’s Supper once each quarter and …

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