According to Genesis 2, God creates the world but humans are to arrange it, to order it.
We are not called to conform to an already established plan.
Our task is to assist in continuing the creation, as co-creators with God.
~Delwin Brown

Sermons

Employed & Gifted to Unite – A Sermon

I was blessed with the opportunity to wrap up a sermon series entitled Employed by the Spirit on spiritual gifts at Capitol Hill United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 23, 2013.  It was inspired by Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16:

1I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. 7But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

11The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. (NRSV)

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Got A Light? – A Sermon

This sermon for the first Sunday of Advent was preached at First United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas on November 28, 2010.  The Scripture text that was inspiration for this is Isaiah 2:1-5:

1 The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. 3 Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 5 O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!  (NRSV)

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Reason: Well, What Do You Think? – A Sermon

I was blessed to be able to preach today at Capitol Hill United Methodist in Washington, DC where my wife, Sandra, and I have been attending since moving to the DC area in March. In this sermon, I continued an on-going series on the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, particularly reason.

The Scripture passage that provided inspiration for the sermon was Mark 4:10-12; 33-34:

10 When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; 12 in order that “they may indeed look, but not perceive, and may indeed listen, but not understand; so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.’ “

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

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Insights From a New Dad – A Sermon

It was my first Fathers Day as a Dad, and I had the opportunity to preach at First United Methodist in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 20, 2010.  I felt that much of what I had experienced as a new dad paralleled much of what was happening at the time.  Fathers Day weekend, two years later, not much has changed, so I thought I’d share this sermon again.  The audio is just the sermon.  The video includes my children’s sermon from the same day.

The Scripture text that was inspiration for this sermon is Matthew 18:

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child, whom he put among them, 3 and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

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What’s Love Got to Do With It? – A Sermon

It was Youth Sunday, August 22, 2010 when I preached this sermon at First United Methodist of Wichita Falls, Texas. Although I was not the youth director, the youth director had asked permission for me to preach on that Sunday. As it turned out, our Senior Pastor was going to be gone, so it worked out well.

This sermon uses two passages of Scripture for inspiration:

  • Mark 8:34-35 – 34 Jesus called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
  • 1 John 4:16-21 – 16 So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21 The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.


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Something to Believe In – A Sermon

This is my farewell sermon given at First United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas on February 26, 2012.  I felt it was very personal and really only something beneficial for that church.  Yet, I’ve had much positive feedback from people from other UM churches as well as people from other denominations.  Thus, I decided to share it here.

The primary Scripture passage for this sermon is John 14:12: “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.”


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