Sermons

Wannabe Pacifists

 

A Sermon for Covenant
“Wannabe Pacifists”
Matthew 5:38-48
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
February 23, 2013
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

 

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At one of our retreats here at Covenant, we gathered around in a circle, and sort of pretended to be Quakers, the way we sort of pretend to be Franciscans at some of our other ones. In this instance, we were gathering for a full hour of silence, which is the way Quakers gather every week. Before we began, Gordon and Jeanene explained the way it was going to work. How you were only to speak if the Spirit of God prompted you to speak. How you should not go into the hour thinking you would speak, nor should you go into it thinking you would not speak. You entered it wide open, no preset predictions. When someone else spoke, you listened. You did not interrupt; you did not react. You only listened. You did not look directly at the person who was speaking. You looked elsewhere as a symbol of the fact that you believe the words they were speaking came from Elsewhere, from Spirit, from On High. Read more →

Spittle for Speech

 

A Sermon for Covenant
Spittle for Speech
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
February 16, 201
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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Richard Rohr says that “the need to say someone else is wrong is not enlightenment.”[1] I’ll say that again: “The need to say someone else is wrong is not enlightenment.” I wish I could tattoo that on my brain somewhere, mark my intellectual journey with signage that reminds me periodically, “The need to say someone else is wrong is not enlightenment.” Maybe those words will keep my ideas from getting too big for their britches. Read more →

Your Gloom Be Like the Noonday

 

 A Sermon for Covenant
Your Gloom Be Like the Noonday
Isaiah 58:1-12
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
February 9, 2013
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

 

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These verses in Isaiah 58 about the fast that the Lord chooses, to loose the bonds of injustice is a beautiful and fairly well known passage, but for starters, I want to look, not at the fast, but at the imagery he uses here about light and darkness. You’ve heard me talk about light and dark a hundred times, I know. It is one of my dearest and most cherished images: the light that dawns in darkness. I always thinking, always writing, always praying about how it is we sit in darkness and keep hope for light. But in this Isaiah passage, there is a slight nuance in the way light is spoken of that caught my eye. “Your light shall break forth like the dawn,” and “Your light will rise in darkness,” sound to me less like light will enter your darkness, but that you will be light to darkness. Read more →

Get Out of Line

 

A Sermon for Covenant
Get Out of Line
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
February 2, 2013
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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There was once a large castle, tall as the skies and wide as you can see, a magnificent castle which all the people in the land yearned to visit. They longed to sit at the king’s table and eat of the queen’s daily feasts. But around this castle on all sides was a high wall and at the front of the castle, a large iron gate and in front of the gate, a gatekeeper, and in front of the gate keeper sat the riddle keeper. Read more →

What Else Would We Do?

 

A Sermon for Covenant
What Else Would We Do?
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
January 26, 2013
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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On Friday I was chatting with Will as we waited for volunteers, and while we were talking, he told me about a phone call he received some months ago about me. Someone outside our congregation had heard about my pending divorce and they called him in concern, “What’s the church gonna do?” they anxiously wanted to know. Will calmly replied, “What do you mean, what are we going to do? We’re going to love her and support her. What else would we do?” Read more →

You Are Not Lacking

 

A Sermon for Covenant
You Are Not Lacking
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
January 19, 2013
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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Every Sunday when we gather, we all bring stuff into the room with us: our varied joys, sorrows, stresses, fears. Today we all carry into this room a shared story; we all carry the Beardens close to our hearts. I do, and I know you do too. This morning as we worship together, our prayers rise continuously on behalf of Will and Sherry, Josh and Leanne, holding them in the light, asking God to provide, praying for miracle. Read more →

Voice

 

A Sermon for Covenant
“Voice”
Psalm 29
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
January 12, 2013
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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Today’s text uses the phrase “the voice of the Lord” six times and is an action-packed psalm praising the power of voice, specifically the voice of God. It all begins exactly as we would expect, with the voice of God over the waters, just like the Genesis 1 story. In that quiet, brooding, pre-creative void, the Spirit hovers, about to speak the very first, “Let there be . . ..”

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A Contemplative Manifesto

 

A Sermon for Covenant
A Contemplative Manifesto
Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
Epiphany Sunday
January 5, 2013
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

 

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We confess the lack of dreams. We have not the folly of wise men, who were open to the wonder of stars, ready to find God however long the journey, no matter if it led to a dirty stable. Reignite our imaginations, open our eyes, and energize our feet, that we might search, traverse, and pay homage.

This is the prayer with which we began our worship this morning. There is not much we know concretely about the wise men, very little we can say, much less prove, about their identity—who they were, where specifically they came from, what religion they adhered to, how long they’d been observing the skies, or why they put so much stock in this one astrological event. The one thing they are known for is following a star, a star which led them—unexpectedly, I presume—to a child of humble origin. And yet despite all the mystery that surrounds their arrival, I sense we have a kinship with their journey. Read more →

Do the Unexpected

 

A Christmas Homily for Covenant
Do the Unexpected
Isaiah 9:2-7
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
Christmas Sunday
December 29, 2013
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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I have some brief Christmas remarks to share with you this morning, but first, after all that joyous singing and happy eating and post-holiday chatter I want us to slow down this morning and hear, really hear the text.

The message I heard from Isaiah was this:
Light has dawned into the darkness,
The rod of the oppressor has been snapped in two
All evidence of violence has been swallowed
Peace has been born. Read more →

The Signs of Our Times

 

A Sermon for Covenant
The Signs of Our Times
Isaiah 7:10-16
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 22, 2013
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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Last night I was squeezing a tube of superglue, and no glue was coming out the tip, so I squeezed harder, then harder. It was weird because it felt like the tube was emptying even though no glue was coming out. I squeezed even harder. Nothing. Only I started to notice that I couldn’t move my fingers, and it turned out the glue was actually exploding out of a slit on the underside of the tube and was spilling out all over my fingers, though at first I couldn’t feel it. I could feel it now, now that my fingers were glued hard and fast to one another. I then spent the next half hour or so trying to separate my fingers and wash off the glue. Read more →