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Heavy load of Scripture for Sunday

Wow. Another heavy load of Scripture readings for this Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary. By heavy I mean not so hard to read but difficult to carry all week and deliver on Sunday. Here’s a quick summary: Isaiah 5:1-7–Isaiah shares God’s words about the devastation and destruction coming to Israel (the vineyard) because “he […]

A look at the Samaritan this Sunday

Even though the “Good Samaritan” story is familiar and still oft referenced in our culture and world, I’m glad to see that it’s in the lectionary for this Sunday.  It’s always timely but certainly so as religious folks are having so much trouble identifying who their neighbors are and, if doing so, showing them mercy. […]

Jesus as Bassmaster?

“If Jesus Was a Bassmaster”   John 21:1-19 Delivered to Church for the Highlands     John Henson Third Sunday of Easter, April 10, 2016 I was painfully reminded yesterday of the truth of John Steinbeck’s words, “It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and […]

“Listen Up” sermon from Transfiguration Sunday

“Listen Up”  Luke 9:28-36 Delivered to Church for the Highlands, by John Henson Transfiguration Sunday, February 7, 2016 There’s no question I feel more manly in my truck these days.  Its not that I was not manly before, but the cherry bomb glass pack mufflers Jack installed back when he was driving it have upped […]

“When God Shows Up” sermon from Sunday

Manuscript of First Sunday after Pentecost    Isaiah 6:1-8 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Sunday, May 31, 2015   On March 24, 1991, one of the oldest and largest Redwoods in California crashed to the ground. People call the tree the Dyerville Giant, and it lies where it fell. When it stood, the tree […]

Learning from Jesus and overturned tables

Walking in the Way of Jesus:  “Application” Sunday, March 8, 2015 What we can learn about applying the Gospel from Jesus as he went after moneychangers in the temple with his whip Sermon audio is here

Learning from Quintilian

I have not been posting sermon manuscripts with the audio, as I am preaching extemporaneously this summer.  My love for writing and knowing each word I will use each Sunday is always surpassed by the connection made when getting into the kairos moments with the congregation who is present.  Extemporaneous preaching, of course, takes just […]

Great Quotes on Favoritism

There are some great quotes on favoritism/bigotry that relate to the James 2:1-17 text for this Sunday at Sermon Nuggets.  I discovered this consistently helpful resource years ago on The Text this Week. Here’s one I hope to fit in my sermon tomorrow: If you judge people, you have less time to love them.   –Mother […]

Starting an Olympic Sermon Series

I am not the biggest fan of sermon series, although I have done plenty, even one or two going for what seemed an eternity of Sundays. It doesn’t take long until you see the torture in people’s faces, the squirms in the pews, and the predictable head bobbing (usually just by the deacons who used […]

6 ways to better engage with millennials

Most preachers look out on Sunday to see a variety of generations represented in their congregations.  Preaching effectively to such a broad audience can be a challenge, especially when considering the differences between the oldest and youngest generations.  The brains of these two groups are wired and conditioned so differently to information that it is […]