Sermons

Winning Third

 

A Sermon for Covenant
Mark 10:32-45
“Winning Third”
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
October 21, 2012
Kyndall Renfro

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Most people want first place, but at youth camp, the desired award was “I’m Third,” given to the most Christ-like camper.  I coveted one, but it was a tricky thing to get. It required that you put Christ first, neighbor second, yourself third, BUT you had to do so discreetly so not to seem like you were trying to win an award, because that would not be putting yourself last at all. You also had to be ever so slightly obvious, because in a sea full of teenagers, you were bound to be overlooked if your service was too quiet. Read more →

He’ll Be Back

 
A Sermon for Covenant
Mark 10:16-31
“He’ll be Back”
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
October 14, 2012
Kyndall Renfro

 

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Was he late to the gathering? Why was the rich man running? Was he tardy, or had he merely been tentative—standing there all along but lingering uncertain?

I imagine he was there, leaning against a tree, watching Jesus bless the children. It interested him to see the way Jesus interacted with the kids, talking to them, defending them, telling anyone who would listen, “The Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” The Kingdom of God was theirs—imagine that, the Kingdom in the hands of toddlers. They’d done nothing to deserve it except open their arms in unabashed expectancy. Read more →

On Marriage, Divorce, and Children

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A Sermon for Covenant
Mark 10:1-16
“On Marriage, Divorce, and Children”
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
October 7, 2012
Kyndall Renfro

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My father-in-law, who is a minister, quotes Jesus at the end of every wedding he performs: “What God has joined together, let no man tear asunder,” and he proclaims it with this mystical authority that makes you believe it. I love that line; I love the way he says it with deep sincerity, the conviction of a man who has faithfully loved one woman for 32 years. The man, who every Christmas, tells us kids and kid-in-laws how he met his Sarah, and every time he chokes back tears as he talks: he is so in love with her. I guess he’s been telling that story for thirty-two years and crying every time. Read more →

A Tragicomedy Retold

 
A Sermon for Covenant
Esther 7:1-10
“A Tragicomedy Retold”
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
September 30, 2012
Kyndall Renfro
 

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At nightfall on March 7 of this year, a crowd arrived wearing masks and costumes; they passed around candy and food and strong drink. They had gathered to hear an ancient story. Read more →

The Proverbs 31 Woman

A Sermon for Covenant
Proverbs 31:10-31
“The Proverbs 31 Woman”
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
September 23, 2012
Kyndall Renfro

 

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Proverbs 3:13-15 tells us that the one who finds wisdom has found a greater profit than silver or gold or any other treasure, and Proverbs 20:15 tells us that wise lips are more precious than jewels.

Proverbs 31:10 begins: “Who can find a woman of noble character? Far beyond jewels is her value.”

Wisdom—that invaluable treasure so hard to come by—shows up quite concretely, quite obviously in the woman of Proverbs 31. Last week we explored Proverbs chapter 1, in which Lady Wisdom becomes elusive, distant, and hard to find. Wisdom started out bold and obvious, but we spurned her voice, and she went into hiding, where only the diligent will ever glimpse her. The book of Proverbs sets us on the trail, leaving breadcrumbs: proverb after proverb guiding the way to uncovering Wisdom. Read more →

Where is Lady Wisdom?

 
A Sermon for Covenant
Proverbs 1:20-33
“Where is Lady Wisdom?”
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
September 16, 2012
Kyndall Renfro
 

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She started out front and center, right in the throbbing heart of the city. Her voice rang boldly in the public square. She beckoned and she persuaded, poured all her heart and beauty and passion into pleading words, she offered without discrepancy holy gifts and invaluable teaching, and she gave it all away for free to poor and rich alike. But the townspeople loved their own ways and didn’t like having her there to interrupt and to distract. So they kicked her out. Shut down her voice and stopped up their ears. Spurned her, ignored her, threw stones and drove her out.

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Don’t Judge Yourself

 
A Sermon for Covenant
James 1:1-8; 14-17
“Don’t Judge Yourself”
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
September 9, 2012
Kyndall Renfro

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I need to be honest with you. As a pastor, it is very tempting to use guilt as a manipulative tool. Hopefully no pastor sets out to be manipulative, but the toxic mix of good intentions and our own high anxiety makes guilt seem soooo useful. Read more →

Erotic Song, Sacred Text

 
A Sermon for Covenant
Song of Songs 2:8-13
“Erotic Song, Sacred Text”
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
September 2, 2012
Kyndall Renfro
 

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There is perhaps no book of the Bible so enigmatic as the Song of Songs.  Not only are its authorship and purpose mysterious, the whole song is downright . . . well . . . shall we say, indiscreet? If you read it at all, you probably read it in secret. It’s the kind of poetry that’s challenging to read in church without blushing, like opening to a nude painting in your school textbook of all places. There are certain texts we expect to be censored and sanitized, and the disorientation of finding it not so can be a little embarrassing. Read more →

Vampire Religion

 
Vampire Religion . . . (so it might seem)
John 6:51-58
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
August 19, 2012
Kyndall Renfro


I’m not sure if Nate had ever used a clock until he married into my family, where you learn to tell time before you learn to count. On the other hand, I never knew that being late was not a criminal offense, until I married into Nate’s family where you are loved just the same whether you show up for dinner at half past six or six minutes past eight. Being on time was as foreign to Nate as being flexible was foreign to me.  Read more →

John 6:30-51a

 
A Sermon for Covenant
John 6:30-35, 41-43, 47-51a
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
August 12, 2012
Kyndall Renfro

 

No one counts the kids. “Five Thousand Men!” the headlines say, but no one would have got fed at all if it weren’t for me, a kid. At first, I was utterly swallowed up in the crowd that day—too short to see or be seen. So many people had flocked out to see Jesus. Some of them had traveled far, hoping to get healed or see a healing, but no one had thought to bring a lunch, ‘cept for me. Well, it wasn’t really me who thought of it. Mama always sends me out with food, so when the crowd started complaining about hunger pains, I thought I had better offer to help. Read more →