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Jubilee! – A sermon for Life in the City

Luke 4:16-30 16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,     because he has anointed ...

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Ministry and Motherhood: I know I love the Church. I think I will love my kids.

I was asked to write a guest post for the blog called "Ministry and Motherhood". I was told to just write whatever I was feeling. It was posted one day before my son was born. You can read it below or on the original website, here.   --- My call to the Church has been just as strong … if not stronger … than my call to motherhood. And so I’ve waited. ...

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Faithful Doubters – Sermon

Mark 9:14-29 14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. 15 When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him. 16 He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought you ...

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God in the Boat – Sermon

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”  And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.  But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they ...

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What is the nature and purpose of the Church?

Language is great. It's powerful. It's how we communicate to one another. But language, at times, is also confusing. In English, the word "church" can be misunderstood. When talking about the church, exactly to what is one referring? The building? The activities? The people? Something bigger? Church has commonly been defined in two ways, distinguished by using ...

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What is salvation and how is it received?

Tonight my church held its quarterly "Celebrate Life" service - where we dedicate babies, do baptisms, and recognize new church members. Along with the adults, several kids were baptized, and some teenagers performed the ritual as well. It made me think about my time as a youth minister. I was asked a lot of questions. I got a few questions from teens who grew up in ...

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Who was Jesus Christ and why is he so important to Christians?

It's an important question. Who was Jesus? We all answer this question for ourselves. Is he someone we should reject? Someone we should know about and not pay attention to? Or someone who deserves our life's devotion? I've chosen the latter. I went to seminary and learned a lot of big words about Jesus and God and the Church. But if I were asked to use simple words ...

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What Entails A Follower – sermon for Covenant Baptist Church

This month I was invited to preach at my dear friend Kyndall Rae Rothaus's church. Grateful for the opportunity, I got to share a sermon at Covenant Baptist Church in San Antonio while she was away on a retreat. Their church uses the lectionary, and so I preached from Matthew 16:21-28. You may listen to the sermon here: http://covenantbaptist.org/sermons/chansin-...

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Martha Stearns Marshall month – my sermon, ‘Surrendered Petitioning’

February is Martha Stearns Marshall month. It's the month that the Baptist Women in Ministry organization especially encourages congregations to invite women to preach at a Sunday worship service. Not only does it give an opportunity for many women to preach, but it also gives the congregation a chance to raise their awareness and appreciation of the Spirit's gifts ...

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A Hallelujah sermon

We must join in the praise of God. When I read Psalm 148, that's the main message I hear, and so that is what I talked about for my sermon at Grace Baptist Church in Round Rock, Texas. My good friend, Aurelia Pratt, is one of the pastors at Grace, and she invited me to preach at her church the Sunday after Christmas. I felt honored to be given the opportunity. ...

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The Good and the Bad of preaching at Truett Seminary’s Chapel

Just a few years ago I didn't know I could preach. I didn't know I would be allowed and it didn't matter anyway because I didn't think I had any gift for it. But I am and I do. Thanks to God, and thanks to Truett Seminary. On December 3 I was awarded the Robert Jackson Robinson Outstanding Student Preacher award at Truett. This is an honor bestowed upon one ...

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Ways to keep your mind on Christ during Christmas

Sometimes family and cultural traditions trump Jesus on Christmas. It shouldn't happen. But it does. I don't want that to be my story. I am always going to enjoy visiting family, watching Christmas movies, looking at lights, eating loads of food, giving presents, and playing games. No doubt. God likes those things, too. But I also want to remember that Christ...

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Feeling exhausted today?

I am tired. For the past three months I have been working towards the goal of putting our house on the market, and I am finally there. After all the repairs and staging over these months, today I scrubbed the house up and down so the realtor could take photos and post them online. By tomorrow morning people will have the chance to see and buy. Selling our ...

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Becoming Generous … My sermon at Heights Church

Too little guilt, and too much guilt. Overindulgent, and Austere. I go back and forth between these two. There is a space somewhere in the middle that I am searching for. I tend towards the overindulgence side, and so I ask God for conviction, but I also do not want to become legalistic. The key is to love and enjoy God above all things. To thank God for the ...

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Religious freedom is important to Baptists?

Baptists care about religious freedom for everyone. I had a conversation with someone who was surprised to hear me say that. This person I was talking to goes to a Baptist church. But that’s something he has never heard. Rather, he grew up in a community where the Christians were more likely to insist on “Putting God back in schools” and “Getting back to ...

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Lessons from a monastery: Part III… life of integrity

The monastic way showed me that a life of integrity flows from a consistency of character. Our “doing” proceeds from our “being.” Our world values achievement. It values a person’s doing. And I want to be valued. So I usually try to do a lot. But if I think about it, the people who ‘do’ best – the ones that I want to emulate – are people who are ...

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Lessons from a monastery: Part II… counter-cultural life

The monastic way gave me living examples that it is possible to live counter-culturally through an abandonment of society’s values and a yearning for the spiritual life. In this world, where ...

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Lessons from a monastery: Part I… one’s life can become a prayer

The monastic way taught me that one’s very life can become a prayer. In most American Christian homes, children are taught to pray by beginning with “Dear Heavenly Father.” Then they talk to God for a few minutes, maybe to ask for something they need and to thank God for something they have. They are told to finish by saying, “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” ...

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Lessons from a monastery: Introduction

The valley is silent, except for my feet, which are crunching the dirt underneath. I walk up the road. Red marbled rock cliffs tower to the right and to the left, just beyond the softly flowing river. At 8,000-foot elevation, the air is thin, but it is clean and crisp. I suck it in, walk, and then ... a bell. The church bell. It clangs in the distance. A call to ...

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Discerning essentials and defining priorities

As a student, you have to do what the teachers say. You read the books they think are important and complete projects they think will benefit you. In my final semester of seminary, though, ...

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My sermon at Heights Church

Breaking Rules for the Sake of Love ... On my second Sunday of serving as an intern at a church in Houston, I was asked to preach. The text from the lectionary was Luke 13:10-17. Instead of writing about all that I learned about it and what I spoke about in my sermon, how about I just link you to the podcast instead? Here it is.

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