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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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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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No one should eat alone on Sundays

 It's not fun to eat alone. When I went to college, I moved far from home to a school where I knew no one. Freshmen were required to buy a cafeteria meal plan, and I made a personal vow: Never eat alone. The result was that I had to be bold. If my classmates or roommate didn't eat with me, that meant I had to take my tray and approach someone at a table. ...

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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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What is enough? – My struggle with wanting

Once upon a time, there was a little girl. She was born into a respectable middle-class family in America. As she played with her barbie dolls and ran throughout the house in her princess costume, everyday she could see a bumper sticker sitting on her dad's bookshelf which read, "He who dies with the most toys, wins." Her dad thought it was humorous. That little ...

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Idea Camp – Human Care

I spent the weekend at Idea Camp in Austin, Texas. I was not sure what I was getting into by attending this conference-but-not-a-conference event. I just knew there would be a lot of people who work in nonprofits and ministries that do social justice service in the world. I knew by going I would be inspired by them and maybe gain an idea or two. It’s called Idea ...

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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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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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