Our colleague Jeff Jarvis gets the hat tip for finding this video and tapping our interest: The Mike Huckabee presidential campaign has started posting videos of some sermons delivered by the former governor, and ordained Baptist pastor. You should expect to see more of them soon.
Huckabee worked for a small Arkansas radio station in his 'teens, and later became a pastor. Those radio and pulpit experiences helped earn him rave reviews for his public speaking skills, most notably in recent debates.
Huckabee press secretary Alice Stewart says supporters, donors and other curious folks often request transcripts or video of his sermons and speeches. But "we don't have them really because he just speaks from the heart," Stewart says, "so the best thing to do is just put them out there when we receive them" -- in video form. Stewart says the campaign films some of the speaking engagements, but not all of them.
Huckabee's official bio states that, "A significant part of his adult life was spent as a pastor and denominational leader. He became the youngest president ever of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the largest denomination in Arkansas." The governor shared with us some of the lessons of his Baptist ministry during a video interview in early March (watch it below, after the sermon video).
Here is Huckabee giving the sermon in a Little Rock church.
Sound bite: "There is no group plan for going to heaven. I'm not going to heaven because I'm an American. I'm not going to heaven because I'm a member of a particular denomination."
And here's our video interview from March, where Huckabee describes the lessons learned from his ministry:
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