This Sunday, I plan to preach on the following passage:
28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” — Matthew 11:28-30 (NRSV)
Here’s my question for you: what’s keeping you from coming to Jesus? What’s stopping you from taking the next step in your faith journey? What’s holding you back? Anything answers shared in the sermon will be shared anonymously.
Is Jesus the only way to Salvation? What about people of other faiths and those of no faith at all? Those are questions I plan to talk about in my sermon this coming Sunday (May 10, 2020). Find out how to watch or listen here: abilenefirstumc.org/live/.
This Sunday I’ll be preaching on Matthew 5:13-20, focusing on 17-20. This is the scripture reading that I polled you about earlier on in the week. I started this sermon without knowing where I was going to end up. It has not been an easy journey, but I’m happy with the destination. I feel the Spirit has been with me and I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned with you.
These two verses are in next week’s lectionary reading from the Gospel of Matthew:
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:17-18, NRSV)
These verses have long puzzled me. I’ve long gotten hung up on them. Have you ever wondered what they meant? Would you like them addressed in a sermon? Let me know at email@example.com.
This coming Sunday (February 2, 2020), I’ll be preaching on Micah 6:1-8. If that passage sounds familiar, it’s probably because Micah 6:8 is on the back of our church t-shirts. You’re invited to wear your t-shirt if you are so inclined.
This Sunday, I’ll be preaching on Isaiah 65:17-25. The passage was addressed to Israel at a time when things had not turned out quite the way they had hoped. I’m looking for examples of times in your life when things did not go the way you had hoped/expected/planned. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To follow up on my previous post: 1. The working sermon title is “Stranger Things, Personal Responsibility, and the Holy Spirit.” 2. You won’t need to have watched “Stranger Things” to follow the sermon. At most, the example is simply a way for people who didn’t live through the 80’s to relate. 3. I don’t think there’s any danger that I’ll reveal any spoilers.
I’m working on a sermon on Philippians 2:1-13 for this coming Sunday and I’m considering a reference to “Stranger Things 2” on Netflix. That leads me to a question: how many of you have watched the series?
I plan to preach on Luke 10:25-37 (the parable of the good Samaritan). In my reading to prepare for the sermon, I just learned something new—one can never exhaust the depths of the scriptures, even the best-known scriptures —and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you. It’s a reminder that the surprising thing is not that Jesus was crucified, but that it didn’t happen sooner.
One of the lectionary Bible commentaries I consult, The Lector’s Guide and Commentary has a pronunciation guide for every lectionary reading. Here are the words for Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18:
Ur (ER) 
I imagine it’s very helpful to some, but I just found it hilarious that the second to last one was listed and thought I would share.
 J. Ted Blakley, A Lector’s Guide and Commentary to the Revised Common Lectionary (Wichita, Kansas: St. Mark’s Press, 2010), 105.
Tomorrow I’ll be preaching on Philippians 4:4-7 in which Paul writes “Do not worry about anything.” I’ve long been annoyed/irritated/angered/frustrated by this passage and so I’m going to try and work it all out tomorrow.
Tomorrow, Sunday, November 11, 2018, I’ll be preaching on Ruth 2:1-16. I’m trying something different, I plan to look at Boaz, Ruth, and Naomi and see what we can glean about living with khesed (which I’ll explain tomorrow) in our time from their ancient examples.