Sermons

Facing Your Demons

 

A Sermon for Covenant
“Facing Your Demons”
Matthew 4:1-11
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
March 9, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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It is not arbitrary that Lent is a season we observe for 40 days before Easter. The rhythms of the church year exist to help us enter the Christian story, particularly the story of Jesus, that way it isn’t just a story we read out of an old dusty book, but it is a story that we live, that we mimic, that, with years of practice, it is a story we almost understand. There is no other story so captivating, so necessary, so important, so worth repeating to us as the Jesus story, and so we reenact it over and over and over in hopes that the story might one day make it all the way from our heads down into hearts, from our knowledge into our knowing, and from our awareness into our way of living. Read more →

True Repentance: An Ash Wednesday Homily

A Lenten Homily: “True Repentance”
Joel 2:12-15
Covenant Baptist Church
Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” And remember that between being dust and becoming dust again, you are a sparkling gem of God’s own making, you are a shimmering creation meant to light up some small corner of earth. Between dust and dust, you were made to live, and this is the task set before you, not to waste a life but to fill a life. Between dusts is a short span, but it is a long enough span to find your purpose and follow it.

You see, repentance is the thing with wings that carries you into new life and new horizons. Repentance isn’t a dirty word or a sad one or punitive one or dismal one. Repentance is the happy thing that sets you alive, that reminds you to sparkle as long as you’ve still got breath in you. Somehow, amazingly somehow, God took the dust of you, stirred it with energy, breathed into it God’s own wind, pumped your veins with blood and your brain with ideas and your bones with strength and your flesh with muscle, and all of this is a miracle you do no want to throw away. Read more →

Until the Morning Star Rises

A Sermon for Covenant
Until the Morning Star Rises
2 Peter 1:16-19
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
March 2, 2013
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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Today is Transfiguration Sunday—the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, the Sunday before Lent begins. To give you a refresher, the Transfiguration is when Jesus invites Peter, James, and John to join him atop a mountain to pray, and while there, he transfigures and begins to glow white. He is suddenly joined by Elijah and Moses, and the three of them begin chatting. (For a moment, seeing Moses, you might be reminded of the way Moses would glow too, coming down the mountain after meeting with God, so brilliant with light he had to wear a veil to shield the people.) Anyway, Peter hastily suggests that he wants to build each one of them a tent, or a shelter, and in none of the Gospel accounts does Jesus find this worthy of reply, so I imagine Jesus giving him the “Oh Peter” look, a facial expression let’s just say the disciples were accustomed to. Then the voice of God speaks, saying, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with him I am well-pleased. Listen to him.” And as quickly as that, it is all over. Moses and Elijah are gone, and Jesus tells the disciples to keep this strange event under the wraps until after the resurrection. Read more →

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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