Archive for ‘Sermons’

This is the Gospel

by   |  07.21.21  |  Sermons

Now that I have children living in the metroplex, I realize how different Fort Worth is different from Dallas. Both are part of the metroplex but are very different places. Different places mean different contexts.

Churches have context. Albany is not Anson and is not Clyde. Churches just down the road from each other can differ significantly. More »

A Word to the 2020 Graduates

by   |  08.07.20  |  GST, Sermons

What are Your Credentials?

Philippians 3:4b-4:1

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The Body of Christ

by   |  05.02.20  |  Class Teaching, Preaching, Sermons

Recently, I was asked to teach the adult Bible class at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene. Highland is my home church and I regularly teach the Living in the Promise class. Covid-19 has moved our class online.

1 Corinthians 12

The Body of Christ

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 I am glad to be with you, Highland church, even if it is within this limited virtual media. 1 Corinthians 12 is a loved text that describes us, the church, as the unified body of Christ. While not Paul’s only metaphor for the church, the body is Paul’s best-known image of the church, especially when Paul speaks of unity within diversity. [READ TEXT]

Within our one community, God has unified the body. From the wholeness of God, God gives a variety of gifts to people which produces diversity in the body of Christ. Within this one community there are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; and there are different ministries but the same Lord; and there are different activities but the same God. The wholeness of God, by one Spirit gifts the one body of Christ for the purpose of (v. 7) the common good.  Paul will double down on the purpose of building up the body of Christ in chapter 14. And in the middle of the discussion of spiritual gifts in chapters 12-14, Paul will encourage us all to pursue the common good by a more excellent way, the way of love. More »

Angels in Their Underwear

by   |  08.30.19  |  Sermons

I have updated a previous graduate chapel presentation from 2016 and preached the following sermon at Albany Church of Christ. Three years…that’s about right. The lectionary is on a three-year cycle.

A Word of Exhortation More »

Galatians Sermon Series # 8

by   |  03.27.19  |  Sermons

What Really Counts

Galatians 6:11-18

Focus: All that counts is God’s new creation. More »

Galatians Sermon Series # 7

by   |  03.27.19  |  Sermons

New Creation Communities

Galatians 6:1-10

Focus:  As a new creation community, the church demonstrates the gospel of love. More »

Galatians Sermon Series # 6

by   |  03.26.19  |  Sermons

A Single Command

Galatians 5:1,13-15

Focus: God’s freedom expresses itself through us in love. More »

Galatian Sermon Series # 5

by   |  03.19.19  |  Sermons

Christ Formed in You

Galatians 4:8-20

Focus: Christ in us generates a blessed way of being in the world. More »

Galatians Sermon Series # 4

by   |  03.11.19  |  Sermons

Living Out Your Baptism

Galatians (3:1-25) 3:26-4:7

Year C, Proper 7 More »

Galatians Sermon Series # 3

by   |  03.04.19  |  Sermons

The Cruciformed Life

Galatians (2:15-21) 2:19-21

Year C, Proper 6 More »