Sermons

I Am the Truth

 

A Sermon for Covenant
“I Am the Truth”
John 14:1-14
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
May 18, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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The way I want to get at the text today is to begin by telling some truth about my own life. When I was a kid, they called this sort of talk, testimony. I’d call it, baring my soul. You might call it, one of Kyndall’s longer sermons. Stick with me for a few minutes while I hold back the curtain and give you a peek into my own journey with the truth . . .

In August of 2012, I had a spiritual awakening that swept through me. When I returned from my private retreat I was writing so much I decided to start a blog just to have a place to put some of my words. I wasn’t as secretive with my blogging as Gordon—naming your site kyndallrae hardly lends itself to the same anonymity as the mysterious Real Live Preacher. Still, I was private with my blog at first. I didn’t much share it via social media; I didn’t talk about it. I wanted people to read it and resonate, of course, but I also didn’t want people to read it. Read more →

I Want

 

A Sermon for Covenant
“I Want”
Psalm 23; John 10:1-10
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
May 11, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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The Lord is my shepherd.
I shall not want.

On a day like Mother’s Day, we are encouraged to give thanks to our mothers and to honor them, to remember those generous women in our lives who have been like mothers to us, and to rest in the extravagant love of a God who scoops us up in his wings like a mother hen.

But Mother’s Day also makes me remember the women—and men too—who desperately want to be parents but suffer miscarriage after miscarriage, who endure doctor after doctor trying to put an end to infertility. I think of people I’ve known whose adoption fell through, and the little one they dreamed of joining their family never came. I think of devoted mothers who positively ache over lost and estranged children, and mothers who want more than anything for a sick kid to get a healthy life or an unhappy one to find their joy and these unanswered prayers hurt them in a way only a parent can hurt. Mother’s Day also makes me think of the adult children I know who desperately want a working relationship with their mother or their father, but they do not or cannot have one. I think of those who have lost their mothers and the mothers who have lost their children and all the folks who ache for family. Read more →

Labyrinth to Emmaus

 

A Sermon for Covenant
“Labyrinth to Emmaus”
Luke 24:13-25
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
May 4, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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We call it the Road to Emmaus, though I am inclined to call it a labyrinth. The Labyrinth to Emmaus: because there is nothing straight-road, straight-line, straight-path about this story. The two men are kept from recognizing Jesus, and Jesus does not instantly make his identity known.

Why not? Why the long meandering journey before they get to understand? Why doesn’t Jesus make a beeline to the revelation of his resurrection? Why not alleviate their grief immediately? Why not help them see straight away? Why not make it easy, make it quick, make it simple, make it straight? Why extend agony and confusion? Why not take them where they need to go as swiftly as possible? Read more →

Believing Thomas

 

A Sermon for Covenant
“Believing Thomas”
John 20:19-31
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
April 27, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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Thomas gets a bad rap: doubter, skeptic, slow to believe. “I will not believe unless I put my finger on his scars, my hand in his side,” Thomas insists with atheistic force, and while our eyes may widen at his audacity to make demands, the other ten disciples nod knowingly, for Jesus had already showed them his nail-scarred hands and sword-pierced side. Before he arrived they were all cowering behind locked doors for fear of the Jews, terrified and unsure of their future.

Perhaps Thomas is no more of a doubter than any other disciple. In fact, I hear less fear in him than I do in the others. He seems so matter-of-fact about it all. He just confidently asserts, “This is what I need to believe.” Read more →

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 →