Sermons

Seeing Through Tears

 

A Sermon for Covenant
“Seeing Through Tears”
Genesis 21:8-21
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
June 22, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

 

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It was at least her second stint stranded in the desert. Once as a freshly pregnant young woman; now again as a single mother, and who knows how many other times between? Her relationship with Sarah had long been a bit testy, ever since she’d slept with Sarah’s husband, but to be fair to Hagar, the whole arrangement was Sarah’s idea, for Abraham to impregnate her slave-girl so Abraham could have a son at last. Read more →

Forget the Tent

 

A Sermon for Covenant
“Forget the Tent”
Numbers 11:24-30 (with Acts 2:1-21)
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
Pentecost Sunday
June 8, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

 

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Eldad and Medad—I love those guys! They’re prophesying in camp, doing their own thing, telling of God, causing a ruckus. They don’t even bother with the tent. THE TENT where all the official, important, fancy people are. They don’t wait for Moses or for approval. They don’t bother with the elders. They are just overcome and so they speak out without a backwards glance at where the sacred speech is supposed to happen, outside the camp. They talk in the camp, to the camp, as part of the camp.

But some young man, full of concern, books it to Moses and cries, “Ah!” to which Joshua replies, “Oh no!” but Moses merely laughs, “Yes! That’s what I’m talking about! This, every day, please!” Read more →

A Generous Glory

 

A Sermon for Covenant
“A Generous Glory”
John 17:1-6; 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
June 1, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

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Glorify—it’s a word I trip over. We hear it said, “Glorify God,” but, first of all, it doesn’t seem to me God really needs help in the glory department. The Bible says if we are silent, even the rocks will cry out and that’s not to mention the boom of the sunrise, the song of mountain peaks, or the chorus of whales on ocean waves. Seems to me like there is little we can add to the majesty—with or without us, the choir sings on. Read more →

I Will Not Leave You Orphaned

 

A Sermon for Covenant
“I Will Not Leave You Orphaned”
John 14:15-21
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
May 25, 2014
Kyndall Rae Rothaus

 

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“Why did God let me see that?” Jeff had tears in his eyes as he told us what he had seen. We were partway through our stay in Moldova, and Jeff had spent a day tracking down the little girl he loved the way a father loves. She had been a girl he sponsored through JMI, but since her orphanage had been shut down and her biological mother had showed up at Luida’s new shelter and taken her back, no one was certain where Luida was or how she fared. Jeff just had to know, had to find out before he left the country and returned to the U.S. So he took a translator and went on a goose chase, trekking through villages and back streets to find her, stopping along the way and asking local folks for help. After a long search, along with the interpreter, he ended up walking a winding path up a forgotten hill, passing trash heaps and run-down patchwork shanties. He was near a dilapidated shack with only three walls standing when Luida peered out from behind one of the walls and called his name, “Jeff!” Amazingly, miraculously, he had found her. Read more →

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 →