• Joseph Smith

    Contributing sermons since Jan 1, 2000
Joseph's church

Silver Spring, Maryland 20901

About Joseph
  • Education: BA, University of Louisville, 1960; BD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1963; DMin, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1975
  • Experience: Baptist Campus Minister, Berea College, Berea, KY, 1963-1966; Baptist Campus Minister, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1966-1971; Baptist Chaplain, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1971-1976; Director, Ministries in Higher Education, District of Columbia Baptist Convention, Washington, DC, 1976-1986; Pastor, Takoma Park Baptist Church, Washington, DC, 1986-2004; Director, House of Baptist Studies, Wesley Theological Seminary; and Executive Director, DCBC Foundation, 2005-2009. Currently volunteer Associate Pastor, Montgomery Hills Baptist Church; and beginning temporary assignment as Interim Regional Minister, D. C. Baptist Convention.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: My philosophy is to be just a little outrageous. I try never to be too predictable, but at the same time to avoid novelty for its own sake.
  • Family: My wife, Margaret, and I have been married since 1961. We have two grown children, two granddaughters, and a grandson.
  • Books that have had an impact: Richard Niebuhr, Christ and Culture
  • Hobbies: Genealogy
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  • All Your Anxieties?

    Contributed on Mar 5, 2011
    based on 8 ratings

    God is able to deal with all of our anxieties, not just a portion. He can relieve us of our fears for those things which will not really happen; for our concern for daily survival; and most of all, for our fear of death.

    (Originally preached at Calverton Baptist Church, Silver Spring, MD, Jan. 30, 1983; thereafter, with slight variations, at Clinton Baptist Church, Clinton, MD, July 29, 1984; Cresthill Baptist Church, Bowie, MD, Aug. 5, 1984; Takoma Park Baptist Church, Washington, DC, Aug. 12, 1984; First Baptist more

  • A Mother's Loan

    Contributed on Mar 4, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    Hannah shows us that women today can turn their insecurities and their relationships over to God and can find fulfillment.

    (First Baptist Church, Gaithersburg, MD, May 11, 1980; Calverton Baptist Church, Silver Spring, MD, May 9, 1982; Takoma Park Baptist Church, Washington, DC, May 12, 1985) One of God's great mercies is that He consistently takes our faltering insecurities and transforms them into something more

  • On Not Giving Up On The Family

    Contributed on Mar 3, 2011

    Baptists have a distinctive history, with some soaring moments and yet with some dismal ones as well. There is much to correct, but the good news is that we remain committed to missions and evangelism.

    Takoma Park Baptist Church, Washington, DC, Feb. 4, 1996 They came out of nowhere. From small villages and obscure city streets, from backwoods farms and hard labor coal mines; from workingmen’s cottages, but not from the plantations, and from the ranks of domestics and cooks, but not more

  • No Deposit, No Return

    Contributed on Mar 2, 2011
    based on 1 rating

    To fail to do what is right is not only sin, but is unproductive. What of our knowledge resources and our financial resources? Are they making a difference? If not, no gain.

    Calverton Baptist Church, Silver Spring, MD, August 15, 1982; Takoma Park Baptist Church, Washington, DC, Sept. 30, 1984) Preachers find sermons in all sorts of strange places, and I found this one in a bottle! Now you can just stop thinking what you are thinking and listen to what I mean! more

  • Safe At Home

    Contributed on Mar 1, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    Interactive sermon, asking what more we can be for our children: mutual submission means respect; parenting means sacrificial love; the church has a responsibility to provide safety.

    Takoma Park Baptist Church, August 31, 1997: audience response involved There are times when all of us need to participate, times when no single person can speak all the truths or do all the work. There are times when a community of people must come together, and think together, pray together, more

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