Likability or Respect?

October 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Several folks commented on the following section of my sermon yesterday on Hebrews13:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12 and 13, “Make Your Leaders’ Work a Joy!” I thought I would post it.

God calls his sheep to follow their shepherds by offering them due respect (1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13)

Verse 12 begins, “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord….”; Paul continues with the same idea in verse 13, urging them “to esteem them very highly.”  This is where faithful following begins—with respect.  Nothing quenches the spirit of willing cooperation more than a lack of respect for those called to lead.  « Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Commencement Homily for Trinitas Christian School

June 11, 2012 § 1 Comment

On May 25, for the second year in a row, I was privileged to share the rostrum with Rev. Uri Brito, each of us delivering a “tag” commencement homily for the graduating class.  Our text this year was Hebrews 12; my portion covered the first 17 verses but I primarily focused on the first two.  My title was “Run!”

Graduates, tonight we rightly congratulate and honor you for your successful achievement.  Twelve-plus years of cultivating hard and diligent work have borne fruit—and because the hardworking farmer has the right to enjoy the fruit of his labor, I earnestly hope that tonight and in the coming days and weeks you will feast with satisfaction and gratitude upon this harvest.

But it’s not over.  Not by a long shot.  In fact, in some ways it is really just beginning.  By “it” I don’t mean college, per se—and you are going to probably think this sounds sentimental and clichéic—but what I mean to say is really just beginning for you is the race of life.

Now, I hate sentimentality more than anyone—but I hate it most in sermons and things like commencement homilies.  « Read the rest of this entry »

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