Sermons

And the Stone Was Rolled Away

 

A Sermon for Covenant
“And the Stone Was Rolled Away”
Matthew 28:1-10
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
April 20, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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As a kid, I always thought the angel came and rolled away the stone so that Jesus could get out, but in the story, Jesus is already gone, the tomb already empty. The angel moves the stone so the women can see what has already taken place long before they arrived. The stone rolling is for their benefit, not for Jesus’ escape. Read more →

Prophetic Palms

 

A Sermon for Covenant
Prophetic Palms

Matthew 21:1-11
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
April 13, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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Generally speaking, we don’t do much crystal-ball gazing around here, but every year in the Christian tradition, we read palms. This is Palm Sunday, and we believe these branches have something to teach us. Every year we read these palms to learn their lessons. Read more →

Another Way of Seeing

 

A Sermon for Covenant
Another Way of Seeing
1 Samuel 16:1-13; John 9:1-41
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
March 30, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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When Samuel goes to find the next king of Israel, he is explicitly told not to pay attention to what the sons of Jesse look like. I find it fascinating that the text first emphasizes how God does not look at the outward appearance, and then when David finally arrives on the scene, the first thing we are told about him is that he is ruddy, with beautiful eyes, and handsome. What is up with that? Are we supposed to ignore outward appearances or are we supposed to make note of beautiful eyes and handsome features? Read more →

John 4:5-42: Courtney Lyons

 

A Sermon for Covenant
John 4:5-42
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
March 23, 2014
Courtney Lyons

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The Lord Is Your Keeper

A Sermon for Covenant
“The Lord is Your Keeper”
Psalm 121
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
March 16, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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In my experience, when you are going through something hard, it is difficult to believe the Lord is your keeper. There are seasons where all you feel is most unkept, unshaded, and unprotected.

But I will share with you a profound experience I had just a few weeks ago in my contemplative dialogue group. This is super personal, so I am honestly a little reluctant to share. What happened is that we were supposed to be silently reading Thomas Merton, but instead I was having a sudden, unexpected and vivid recollection of one of my life’s more horrific memories. Out of nowhere, I found myself reliving this terrible thing. If you asked me where God was during that particular event in my history, I would say, “God was absent.” But as I recalled that memory in the safety of my contemplative group, I watched myself like a third party, as if I were peeking in the window into someone else’s story. And I swear that for a split second it seemed as if I heard a voice beside me in the window frame, looking in at my hurt too, and the voice said, “We loved you.” Read more →

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 →