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Do You Know What I Have Done To You? A Sermon

Rick Beerhorst "Holy Week" woodcut

This sermon was preached at First United Methodist Church, Orange, Texas, on Maundy Thursday 2011. The Scripture is John 13:1-17, 31b-35. The camera pans out, and we see our hero, paralyzed, perhaps strapped to a chair. No escape. The James Bond villain, or perhaps an antagonist from CSI or some other police or mystery drama […]

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An Identity Crisis

Eight years ago today (liturgically speaking) I preached for the first time in “big church”…not a devotional or talk but an actual sermon in the awe-inspiring sanctuary of St Paul’s United Methodist (Houston) on a Sunday morning: Transfiguration Sunday. It holds up, I think, and today seems oddly resonant. In honor of how the Holy […]

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Toys or Clothes for Christmas?

Ben in a box

Here is the sermon I preached this morning at Wesley United Methodist Church, Beaumont TX for College & Young Adult Sunday. The text is from Colossians 3:12-17. There’s a legend in my family about my first Christmas. After all the toys were opened, all I wanted to play with was the orange from my stocking. […]

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The Hour and the Day

Advent: Getting ready for the one, true, holy God to break into our fragmented, false, and unholy lives.

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The Preaching Life: Countercultural

[picapp src="f/3/7/a/Cardinal_Francis_Arinze_133a.jpg?adImageId=7433719&imageId=4948037" width="234" height="384" /] …there is a certain contrary character to all faithful preaching…The words of the sermon will be expressing our culture in need–beloved by God, but not itself God. So the preacher’s life, as well, will have certain countercultural strains to it. Perhaps simply being willing to become a preacher was already […]

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