Sermons from April 2017

Sermons from April 2017

’til All Have Heard

On this Missions Celebration Sunday I invite you to open your Bible to Matthew 24:13-14. A 1983 Anne Murray song skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Country Chart.  The song is called A Little Good News.  It’s an odd title because the song is mostly about bad news.  Bad news in the paper; bad news on TV: fighting in Lebanon, bad economy, somebody takes a hostage, somebody…

God Loves the World Large

Les Warren and I were driving up to Danville Thursday afternoon for Leon Millsap’s burial.  We went up by way of Mt. Ida.  We came back by way of Ola and good old scenic Highway 7.  Both of us have been all over Arkansas multiple times.  Yet we still can’t help but comment on what a pretty state we live in.  Les said and I concur, “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.” …

Once and For All

On this Easter Sunday, I invite you to open your Bible to 1 Corinthians 15:20-23.  This text comes from the resurrection chapter in the epistles. But Paul does more than tell the story of Jesus’ resurrection.  He explores its implications for the rest of us.  Hear the word of the Lord … (read the text). I Ahmed Ibrahim Awadh, though only in his 30s, was supposed to be…

For Love

In his book The Fall, Albert Camus has his hero, Jean-Baptiste Clamence, say, “Do you know that in my little village, during a punitive operation, a German officer courteously asked an old woman to please choose which of her two sons would be shot as a hostage?  Choose!—can you imagine that?  That one?  No, this one!”  Imagine what that must have looked like: a mother…