Author Archives: Bryan Richardson

About Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor to Pastoral Ministries & College and Single Adults at FBCSA.

Astonished

Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 7 (day three) “Then King David went in and sat before the Lord.” Imagine a trusted advisor—one who knows you well, knows the people and financial and social realities surrounding you, and is a highly-sought-after … Continue reading

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Surprised

Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 6 (day three) “The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.” There is compelling scholarship suggesting that Obed-Edom … Continue reading

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Here

Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 5 (day three) “And David knew that the Lord had established him as king.” One can read the Psalms for five minutes and figure out that fear, dread, and terror made frequent appearances in David’s … Continue reading

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Realism

Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 1; 2:1-7 (day three) “Now then, be strong and brave, for Saul your master is dead.” Say what you want about David, but don’t accuse him of pandering. His son Absalom—that’s another matter. Mister “If-only-I-were-king-you-would-think-everything-is-awesome” … Continue reading

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Small

Re:Verse passage – John 21 (day three) “Come and have breakfast.” The firstborn over all creation, the image of the invisible God, the Alpha and the Omega, Beginning and the End, the crucified and risen Messiah who conquered death and … Continue reading

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Shift

Re:Verse passage – John 20:1-21 (day three) “They have taken my Lord away, and I don’t know where they have put him.” Three years ago, these disciples were workaday peasants in an occupied corner of the sprawling Roman Empire—law abiding … Continue reading

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Body

Re:Verse passage – John 19:1-30 (day three) “He bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” It’s not uncommon for one to encounter reasoning that de-emphasizes the body. This happens in the church as well as in the world, albeit … Continue reading

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Free

Re:Verse passage – John 14: 15-31 (day three) “He has no hold on me.” Consider the human being: a brain with enough memory capacity to store the entire Internet; a mind possessing the ability to communicate complex ideas across centuries … Continue reading

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Self

Re:Verse passage – John 13: 1-17 (day three) “He had come from God and was returning to God.”  It might seem counterintuitive that one of the primary responsibilities of the human creature is to pay close attention to one’s self. … Continue reading

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Slow

Re:Verse passage – John 12:20-37, 42-50 (day three) “I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.” Indeed, why would Jesus judge anybody when we can take care of that job ourselves?  I’m kidding. Or am I? Seriously, … Continue reading

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