Category Archives: Preaching

Forgiving on a Deadline

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

Membership Vows Sermon

orange crossLast 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.

Gandalf vs. the Balrog

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: