• Jacob Golden, Jr.

    Contributing sermons since Apr 20, 2002
Jacob's church

Charlotte, North Carolina 28212

About Jacob
  • Education: BA and M.Div from Duke University (’74 & ’78) D. Min. from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH, with a focus in biblical storytelling and church story.
  • Experience: Have been a pastor in Western NC Conference of the UMC since 1976, in full-time appointment since 1978 (a total of 7 appointments — one of which was a one year appointment to Witness for Peace in Nicaragua).
  • Family: Married with three children.
  • Books that have had an impact: I have recently been introduced to Rene Girard’s thought, via a book by Gil Bailie called VIOLENCE UNVEILED. I highly recommend this book.
  • Hobbies: golf photography, videography music (guitar, piano)
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Newest Sermons

  • On Cooking Frogs

    Contributed on May 1, 2002
    based on 44 ratings

    A prophetic 4th of July sermon.

    ON COOKING FROGS July 2, 2000 • Independence Day Mark 6:1-6 • 2 Samuel 7:1-14a I’ve never done it or even seen it done, but I’ve been told that there are two ways to cook a frog. One way is easy, the other difficult. The difficult way is to drop the frog into a pot of boiling water. You more

  • The Slaughter Of The Innocents

    Contributed on Apr 24, 2002
    based on 120 ratings

    A consideration of Matthew’s story about Herod’s slaughter of the children in Bethlehem following Jesus’ birth.

    THE SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS Matthew 2:13–23 • Romans 8:18–25 Christmas 1 (a) • December ’95, ’98, ’01 I hope you had a good Christmas. We stayed home again. We didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t visit any relatives (though we had some visit us). Didn’t go see a movie (something we’ve sometimes more

  • The Saint Of Sharing

    Contributed on Apr 20, 2002
    based on 95 ratings

    John the Baptist calls us to share. If we follow his direction — Behold! The Christ is already among us!

    The Patron Saint of Sharing Luke 3:7–20 • Isaiah 12:2-6 December 14, 1997 • Third Sunday in Advent (c) “What shall we do?” That’s the question asked of John the Baptist three times in this story. The multitudes ask: “What shall we do?” The tax collectors ask: “Teacher, what shall more

  • Advent-Ure!

    Contributed on Apr 20, 2002
    based on 88 ratings

    God calls us into the wilderness on adventures in faith — but he goes with us.

    ADVENT–URE Malachi 3:1–4 • Luke 3:1–6 December 7, 1997 • Advent 2 (c) The word of God came to John — in the wilderness. What image does the word “wilderness” conjure up in your mind? [wait for responses] Barren wastelands? Deep, untouched forests? Absence of civilization? Wild more

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Newest Sermon Illustrations

  • Last Month Charlie Summers, The Pastor Of Seigle ...

    Contributed on Apr 20, 2002
    based on 43 ratings

    Last month Charlie Summers, the pastor of Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, wrote an op–ed piece for The Observer that I wish I’d written. Charlie stands in an interesting place. He’s got one foot planted among the poorest folks in Charlotte, for Seigle Avenue is in the heart of more

  • An Old Jewish Folktale Bears Witness To The ...

    Contributed on Apr 20, 2002
    based on 13 ratings

    An old Jewish folktale bears witness to the importance of sharing in the tradition. There were once two brothers who farmed together. They shared equally in all of the work and split the profits exactly. Each had his own storehouse. One of the brothers was married and had a large family. The more