Below the fold is a written version of Jenny’s sermon from Sunday, June 18, 2017. Her text was Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7.
Below the fold is a written version of my (John’s) sermon from Sunday, May 28, 2017, the day we observed All Saints Day at Abilene First United Methodist Church. My text was 1 John 3:1-3.
Below the fold is a text version of Jenny’s sermon from Sunday, May 21, 2017, on Acts 17:22-31 and the danger of idolatry in our present age.
Below the fold is a written version of John’s sermon from Sunday, May 14, 2017, on faith and science. My foundational texts (not directly referenced in the sermon but read and commented upon during worship) were: Psalm 19; 1 Colossians 1:15-20; and John 1:1-14.
Below the fold is a text version of Jenny’s sermon from Sunday, May 7, 2017, on Acts 2:42-47 on the church community past and present.
Below the fold is a written version of John’s sermon from Sunday, April 30, 2017, on John 20:19-31. This is the one in which I gave some practical suggestions for confronting doubt.
I’ve had a few requests for the slides from my sermon on contentment last Sunday (May 8, 2016). Here they are: Sermon on Contentment Slides.
This Sunday I’ll be preaching on Matthew 1.18-25. This is the fourth sermon in our Advent series, so I’ll be focusing on Joseph and what we can learn from him.
This Sunday, I plan to preach on Ephesians 4.25-5.2. I’m going to focus on 4.26-27: “Be Angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil” (NRSV). I often find forgiveness difficult (especially when given a deadline). For that reason, I want to ask all of you what you’ve found that helps you forgive. You can give me a call or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Sunday, seven confirmands vowed that they would support Abilene First United Methodist Church with their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness. Last Sunday, I announced that I would be preaching on what these vows mean this coming Sunday, May 10, 2015.
I wish that I had made it clear that I intend to talk about how fulfilling these vows helps us to grow in our faith and in our relationship to God in this particular time and this particular place. Fulfilling these vows won’t make you a Christian, but it will help make you a better one. This sermon will be applicable to four groups of people: those who are considering membership; those who have never given a thought to membership; those who want to avoid membership (after all, you can fulfill the vows without taking them); and those who are already members alike.
In tomorrow’s sermon I’ll be alluding to the scenes in The Lord of the Rings trilogy where Gandalf battles the Balrog. I’ll keep this very brief and as it’s just an illustration, your ability to follow the sermon won’t depend upon being familiar with it. However, if you want to see the scenes for yourself, here they are via youtube: