In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, preaches on Type A behavior and the remedy for it. Here are some excerpts:

“…It was in the 1960s that two San Francisco cardiologists, Dr. Meyer Friedman and Dr. Ray Rosenmann wrote a landmark book entitled Type A Behavior and Your Heart. Since then, “Type A” has become a part of nearly everyone’s vocabulary. The term, as you know, describes a person who is always in a hurry, is driven by an almost insatiable urge to succeed, and is easily stirred to anger by even trivial annoyances.”

“…Dr. Williams and his colleagues at Duke and across the nation have found, through the most thorough, widespread and sophisticated testing, that the most dangerous enemy in Type A behavior is when all the strenuous activity is accompanied by cynicism, hostility, anger and aggression.”

The Remedy

“Now, how can one get rid of the hostile heart, and develop a trusting heart? Let me offer a few suggestions…”

“Our Lord’s greatest apostle exclaimed, “Now is the time to cast off and throw away these rotten garments of anger, hatred, cursing and dirty language. Based on God’s deep love and concern for you, you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others…”

“And again, he wrote, “Stop being mean, bad-tempered and angry. Quarreling, harsh words, and dislike of others should have no place in your lives. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31,32).”


Type A Behavior. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

April 30, 1989

James 1:19

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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