Written Sermons

  • Our lesson today has become the rallying cry of those who want Americans to return to a clearer cut and simpler grasp of right and wrong. James Madison wrote: “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” Hear our lesson, Exodus 20:1-17. Read the full text. 

  • Have you ever noticed how far our world will go to escape the realities and difficulties that life has thrust upon us? Here is a 20+ year old news item to ponder: Among tourist-attraction theme parks recently proposed: one modeled after the Berlin Wall (armed guards, re-enacted escape attempts) in Ft. Lauderdale; an amusement park at the $5 billion, never-used Kalkar, Germany, nuclear power plant (with the cooling towers holding up the roller coaster); the Navy Glory Center tribute to the Cold War in Vladivostok, Russia (charging visitors $700 to fire a Soviet missile); and the Billie Sol Estes Museum in Granbury, Texas, featuring papers and artifacts of the notorious fertilizer-tank swindler of the 1960s. Read the full text

  • Someone once told me that if you confessed Christ and joined the church, then your troubles would be over. Has anyone ever said anything like that to you? Once, in the De Leon hospital a nurse approached. She asked about an eighty-five-year-old retired pastor with health problems. His doctor always admitted him to our nearby De Leon Hospital. He regularly came to the hospital as he was in pitiful shape. Read the full text here. 

  • We complete Epiphany on Transfiguration Sunday. Today’s Gospel lesson recounts Jesus’ transfiguration as recounted by Mark’s terse, but potent description. The lesson from 2 Kings conveys Elijah’s translation into heaven. Elijah also places his prophetic mantle upon his successor, Elisha. This text appears today because Elijah plays a role in Jesus’ transfiguration. Also, leadership transitions always challenge the church. Thus, stewards who manage a household of leadership might pay attention to the leadership transition written about here. Read the full text

  • “I have become all things to all people” (1 Corinthians 9:22). Perhaps it is a cliché, but unsuccessful people, those who fall short in their chosen profession, commonly fail because they don’t get along with other people. Adults and even children struggle with “getting along with others.” I had a pastor friend, who once got a note in her church’s collection plate. A youngster had scrawled this question: “Do you believe in the Devil? I think he may be in my class at school.” On my own grade school report cards, there was in fact a category labeled “getting along with others.” Few people can succeed with others if they are hard to get along with. Read the full text.

  • Some New Testament moral issues seem terribly irrelevant today. These ethical topics do not seemingly impact our burning modern church problems. Even talk about these issues looks like a deflecting tactic. Why deal with inconsequential sin as Rome burns? Eating food linked to pagan cultic worship looks like a trivial matter easily avoided—until we recognize that we can learn much about dealing with church conflict, about honest differences we have as Christians, and the dire matter of individualism versus community. Read the full text. 

  • Dr. Mosser's Sermon - 01/24/2021

    A rabbi who lived in a small Russian town at the turn of the 20th century had long been pondering the deepest religious questions. After twenty years of contemplation, he finally concluded that when he got right down to it, he just didn’t know. Shortly after reaching this conclusion, he was walking across the Village Square toward the synagogue to pray. A Cossack, a local czarist cop, was in a mood to harass the rabbi. “Hey rabbi, where do you think you are going?” The rabbi answered, “I don’t know.” This response thoroughly infuriated the Cossack constable. Read the full text.

  • Plainly, there is too much for us to mine from a lesson as rich as this one. So, in order to examine this story, I ask that we mainly focus on two phrases: “Come and see” and “Where did you get to know me?” The first phrase occurs as Jesus comes to Galilee. Seeing Philip, Jesus invites him to “follow me.” Philip then finds Nathanael and tells him that he located the long-awaited Messiah, promised by both the law and the prophets. The Messiah comes from Nazareth—Nazareth, is the Gospel’s version of our Waxahachie. In other words, Nathanael’s asks: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth (or Waxahachie)?” Read the full text. 

  • Today is the Baptism of the Lord Sunday—a day when the church thinks about baptism and its meaning. Plainly, baptism is a divisive issue that modern churches discuss—even here in Salado. The dispute is as old as denominations. Baptism is supposed to make us “brothers/sisters” in faith, as when we say “Brother Jimmy” or “Sister Gaye.” Yet, we know people are overly zealous in their understanding and interpretation of baptism. They appointed themselves as the “baptism police.” Their socalled spiritual gift is to tell others whether or not their baptism is valid. Regrettably, this situation has been with us for years. Read the full text. 

  • 1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." 3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: Read the full text.