Written Sermons

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  • In our Long-Range Planning group, we discussed the topic: “How do we raise awareness of our church in the Salado community?” One way we do this is by our outreach ministries—the Samaritan visitors, yard sign ministry, the Wednesday night friendship meal, Wild Game Dinner, I-35 Thanksgiving meal and the like. It is safe to say that our church has the longest and most loving arms of any community church. Not bragging, just stating a fact: we do more ministry than anyone in Salado. Read the full text. 

  • I love confirmation Sunday because it is a day when a group of young folks take a step toward becoming full disciples of Jesus. This is a day when we as a church recognize your profession of faith. This is a day when the older members of the household of faith recognize each of you as our peer in the faith. Read the full text.

  • When we focus on the season of Easter, we might ask one another to “Be the change.” Another way to say it might be that we ask each other to live into our membership vows. As people join the church, we ask them to pledge loyalty “to Christ through the United Methodist Church by their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.” We affirm that all of us have as our first loyalty Christ, and that living out that loyalty through our church brings great joy and matchless privilege. Read the full text.

  • Change is both over and under-rated. Those who blow the trumpet for change, praising a persistent state of flux, see life as a man I once read about. This particular gentleman from the back mountains of Tennessee found himself years ago in a large city. There he saw an elevator for the first time. He watched as an older, weary-looking woman hobble onto the elevator, and the doors closed. A few minutes later the doors opened and a young, attractive woman marched smartly off. The father directed his youngest child: “Junior, go get your mother.” Read the full text. 

  • When I was a front-line manager in a previous job, I once had a boss who seemed to literally think that no one except for the person she was talking to had ears. This caused her to constantly say things that were inappropriate for the context she was in. I remember once we had just had a particularly tense meeting with our higher ups about not meeting our facilities goals and the financial impact of that situation. When I got back to my desk, which was open to my whole team who sat around me in an open floor plan, she loudly said, “Can you believe how bad we’re doing? I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re all fired before the end of the year!” and just casually walked away before I could reply. Read the full text. 

  • This Sunday we are studying what is probably one of the most familiar parables of Jesus. It’s most popular title “The Prodigal Son” has even become a part of our popular vocabulary; almost everyone knows what a “prodigal son” is. But I honestly don’t like that title because it puts the focus on the younger son, when the real focus of the story, is found in verse 11, “there was a man who had two sons.” So, I rather like the title I saw in a commentary: “The Parable of the Loving Father”.  With this new title in mind providing us a different perspective on the story, let us dive in. Read the full text. 

  • You might not be able to tell it from my writing, but I was a Communication/Public Relations major in college, which meant I took several journalism classes. In one of my classes, we spent several weeks learning how to write a good headline. We all wanted to avoid ending up on Jay Leno’s “Headlines” bit on the Tonight Show, with something ridiculous like “Missippi’s literacy program shows improvement”, or “Federal agents raid gun shop, Find Weapons” or “Committee appoints committee to appoint committee.” (I’m pretty sure this last one had something to do with church…). Read the full text.

  • During the sermon a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I didn’t own any camouflage clothes to wear to support our wild game dinner. That doesn’t mean I don’t love the outdoors, though. It just means I don’t want to blend in with my environment, because that would be a negative for my favorite outdoor activity: hiking. I especially love hiking in the mountains. There is something about the clean air, the trees and majestic views that speaks to my soul like they few things can. However, mountains do come with something I don’t like: bears. Read the full text. 

  • My hometown mascot was the “Red Devil.” Everywhere you looked in town, there were pictures of devils of various types. They were on our book covers at school. They were on the football ribbons everyone wanted to wear on Fridays. At pep rallies and football games, there was a cute Devil handing out candy to kids. Before football games, local ministers would pray for “the safety of the devils on the field tonight.” You can imagine that this created a lot of confusion in a young kid growing up in a Christian home. I wanted candy at the pep rallies, but I was taught to be scared of the devil! Isn’t that how he gets you? Read the full text. 

  • I’m not much of a fan of horror movies, but every once in a while, I hear about one that actually sounds like it might be interesting, like back in 1999 when The Blair Witch Project came out. I have to admit the clever marketing of the movie appearing to be real events hooked me in even though I knew it wasn’t real. And…I have to admit I found the movie pretty scary! I was the first of my friend group at work to see it and of course, told everyone as much as I could about the experience without spoiling the plot. I was really excited for the weekend that several of my friends went to see it because now we could finally discuss it. Read the full text. 

  • I remember very clearly the first time my parents thought I was old enough to watch my little sister while they went to the grocery store. I was given all the usual lectures about being the responsible older sibling and after agreeing to do my best, my parents headed out for the next half hour. My sister had a set of child size cleaning tools that included a couple of mops. I, being a big Star Wars nerd, used them for lightsaber fights with my sister. My parents didn’t like our “creative” use of the mops, so of course, as soon as they left, out came the mops and the sword fight began. Read the full text. 

  • I was raised by two parents that were quite the penny pinchers. My grandparents were children during the Great Depression so they passed a lot of the sense of scarcity on to my parents who then (attempted) to pass it on to me. My parents watched every cent that came through our house. I remember them balking at buying me Hot Wheels toy cars because they were too expensive! I had to do with Matchbox toy cars instead, which at the time were a cheap version of Hot Wheels. Read the full text. 

  • One of the things I love most about Central Texas is the water. I know that some of you probably are thinking, “What water?” if you are from Minnesota or Florida or Washington, but for a West Texan, this is a lot of water. There are TWO lakes within 10 miles of my house and at least TWO rivers! While I just enjoy hiking around the water, many people enjoy using our waterways for fishing. I am not much of a fisherman myself; there’s not much fishing to be had in the Permian Basin! However, I do know from observation that fisherman love to talk about the biggest fish they have caught or the “one that got away”. Read the full text. 

  • Have you ever experienced that moment that you realize that someone is not who you thought they were? Sometimes that’s a good surprise, like when you get to know someone better and they become a great friend. Sometimes it’s a terrible moment of betrayal, when someone who you trusted or loved turns their back on you. This is a common human experience for many reasons. Read the full text. 

  • Do you remember the first time you went back to your high school after graduation? Many people come back to see how the school and the people are doing without them, usually sometime after the first year they are “out in the world.” I remember the first time I went back to my high school after I had graduated. It was at Thanksgiving break my freshman year at SMU. What surprised me was that no one seemed too surprised to see me. Read the full text. 

  • At first, I was going to do my best to avoid preaching over this Scripture, but the more I read about it, prayed about it, and thought about it, the more God just would not let it go. There is just so much here to consider, contemplate, and learn. You see, having grown up Southern Baptist, this miracle makes me a tad bit uncomfortable, because, well, it involves alcohol, and even an extremely-ex Southern Baptist like me gets a little nervous to be talking about wine from the pulpit on a Sunday morning. Read the full text.

  • We just got out of the biggest consumer season of the year at Christmas, but advertisers are never done with us. But have you noticed the shift? We went from jewelry, cars, and iphones to gym memberships, diet plans, and Peloton. Marketers often turn to our fears and expectations to get us to buy, buy, buy and the new year is no different. (no offense to any advertisers or marketers out there…but you know it’s true…) Read the full text. 

  • Our lesson this morning, Epiphany Sunday, comes from Matthew’s Gospel and is the only place in our Bible where we read about the visit of the Three Wise Men or the Magi, who were astrologers from the East. What motivated them to take this perilous journey seems illogical and murky, but it is the stuff of a wonderful John J. Hopkins hymn, “We Three Kings” and pageantry galore. Read the full text. 

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