The Bible contains history, but it is also much, much more than history. . . . The Bible contains literature, but the Bible is more, much more, than literature. For me the Bible is primarily a theological record. Theology is making meaning, making sense out of our lives in terms of what we believe to be the nature of ultimate reality.
~Verna J. Dozier

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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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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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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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Knowing Isn’t Everything – A Sermon

Here is a sermon by Rev. Troy Sims shared at First United Methodist Church of Wichita Falls on August 7, 2011.  The Scripture text that served as inspiration was 1 Corinthians 8, which is provided here from The Message translation:

1 The question keeps coming up (more…)


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