Sermons

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 →

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a

 
A Sermon for Covenant
2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
August 5, 2012
Kyndall Renfro


Basil the Blessed, a saint of the church, lived at the same time as the violent tsar, Ivan the Terrible. One year during Lent, Basil took a gift of meat to Ivan the Terrible, but Ivan refused to eat it in honor of Lent, claiming to be a devout Christian. Basil shrewdly replied, “Then why do you feed on innocent blood?” It was a gutsy thing to say to a tsar, and it was a gutsy thing that Nathan did to King David. Read more →

2 Samuel 11:1-15

 
Sermon for Covenant
2 Samuel 11:1-15
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
July 29, 2012
Kyndall Renfro
 

David’s Giant No-No: the one dirty Bible story everyone knows. There are plenty such stories in Scripture, of course, but perhaps none as well-known as the Big Bathsheba Blunder. Poor Uriah; did he even know what hit him? Read more →

We are One

 
“We are One (whether we like it or not)”
Ephesians 2:11-22
Covenant Baptist Church
July 22, 2012
Aurelia Pratt
 

There’s an old saying about family. You’ve heard it; I’m sure. It goes something like “you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family.”  Personally, I prefer this timeless adage the way Jem so wisely put it when he paraphrased his father’s words in the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. He said “Aunty, Atticus says you can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family, an’ they’re still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge ‘em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don’t.”  Read more →