Sermons by John McCallum

Sermons by John McCallum

Money Talks

Sometimes I think God should have given ministers an extra ear.  We get engaged in so many conversations.  Across the years, most of those conversations get lost from memory because of sheer volume.  Unlike your laptop, my memory isn’t measured in terabytes or even megabytes; maybe kilobytes.  I forget a lot.  But some conversations get lodged in the memory so deeply that…

God the Owner

Let’s do a little word association this morning.  I’m going to say a word and you whisper the first thing that pops in your mind.  The word is money.  Question: was the word challenge on anybody’s lips? This morning we’re beginning a January series called The Money Challenge.  It is, isn’t it?  For most of us.  How are we supposed to maintain a decent standard of living,…

121 For the Next 365

I invite you to open your Bible to Psalm 121.  Except for the 16 years I lived in Kansas City, I’ve spent my entire life in the hills—younger years in the Ozarks, later years in the Ouachitas.  I like the hills.  They feel like home.  At first glance it sounds like Psalm 121 was written with an eye toward the hills.  But when we listen closely, we see that the psalm was…

Remember the Manger

Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr said that on Christmas, he preferred to go to a church where there was no sermon, only music, art, and drama.  “Words just aren’t up to it,” he said.  Niebuhr’s right.  Words aren’t up to it.  That’s why we’ll keep our words to a minimum today.  But there is good news in Christmas worth telling.  A few of those words are found…

Just Walk

I invite you to open your Bible to Romans 10:14-15. George Scott, a one-legged school teacher from Scotland, came to J. Hudson Taylor to offer himself for service in China.  Taylor asked him, “Why do you think of going as a missionary?  You’ve only got one leg.” And Scott replied, “I do not see those with two legs going.” He was accepted. A few years ago, Bill Hybels…

Dangerous Plunge

During one of my high school summers I worked the night shift at Ken’s Pizza in Branson.  We closed around 11:00.  It was close to midnight before we got things cleaned up for the next day.  The night manager, David, had a boat.  So several times that summer, some of us would leave the pizza place, drive out to Table Rock Lake, take his boat to an island, camp there, and…

A Word for Kyle

And that story has brought us to this day.  I invite you to open your Bible to Acts 1:6-8. It was time to say goodbye.  Jesus gathered his followers together outside Jerusalem.  A lot had happened in the last 42 days.  The Romans executed Jesus on the cross.  A handful of Jesus’ friends buried him.  And on the third day, God raised Jesus from the dead.  Jesus hung around…

Jesus Brings Us

As we begin a new sermon series this morning, I invite you to open your Bible to Luke 9:23.  We’re calling the series Bring Someone with You.  More than a series, this is a focus for our congregation this year.  Last year our focus was More Than a Face—an effort to get us noticing all kinds of people and sharing Christ with people.  While evangelism is always at the heart…