Southwest UMC


Sermons

  • Makers of Dry Ground

    This week’s text: Joshua 3:7-17 Leaders, trailblazers, revolutionaries, agents for change—we have lots of names and images for people who make a way for others. Today’s Scripture passage gives us another: makers of dry ground. Today, we join God’s people at the final barrier to entering the Promised Land, the banks of the Jordan River. […]

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  • Changing the Mind of God

    This week’s text: Exodus 32:1-14 God is eternal and unchangeable. God is all knowing, all wise, and all powerful. God literally couldn’t have a change of mind because it would mean that God was wrong, and God is never wrong, right? It would mean that God was considering new information, and could we really trust […]

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  • Jesus and the Art of Improv, Week 5: Seeing the Invisible

    This Week’s Text: Luke 4:16-22 Improv really isn’t about being funny, although that helps. It is ultimately about making the invisible visible. It is about making the impossible possible. It is about making something that isn’t here present and real to the audience. The Kingdom of God works exactly like this! God’s Kingdom is both […]

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  • Jesus and the Art of Improv, Week 4: There are No Mistakes

    This Week’s Text: Mark 10:35-45 The fourth and final rule is that there are no mistakes, only opportunities. In improv, this rule, especially when combined with the first rule to say “yes,” allows us to discover new things together when we let go of our need to be right and follow where the group wants to […]

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  • Jesus and the Art of Improv, Week 3: Statements are Better Than Questions

    This Week’s Text: Matthew 14:13-21, 15:32-38 This week, we turn to the third rule of improv, which is to make statements. Another way of putting it is that statements are better than questions. In the world of improv, the cue to make statements plays off of the idea of “yes and.” What follows the “and” […]

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  • Jesus and the Art of Improv, Week 2: Yes AND…

    This Week’s Text: Matthew 15:21-28 The second rule of improv builds on the first. We aren’t supposed to just say, “Yes,” but says, “yes AND…” By adding the “AND” we don’t simply keep things moving, but we contribute to the journey. “Yes” opens the door. “And” goes through it. “Yes” accepts what your partner has […]

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  • Jesus and the Art of Improv, Week 1: Say Yes

    This Week’s Text: John 4:1-29 The first rule of improv is to say, “yes.” No matter where you look for the rules of improv, and no matter how different some of them may be, almost all of them begin with this rule—say yes. Saying yes is the first rule because it is critical to improv process. […]

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  • Here We Go

    This Week’s Text: Romans 12:1-8 Paul says we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices as our spiritual act of worship. This would have caught everyone’s attention because he is using a familiar word in a new way—which is a really good practical evangelism tip. In this context, sacrifice was a technical religious term. […]

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  • The Obvious Secret of God’s Grace

    This Week’s Text: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 For so many topics that bind people up, at least the first steps can be obvious. If you want to lose weight, the first steps are to stop eating food that’s bad for you, and start moving more to kickstart your metabolism. This is not revolutionary information. It is also […]

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  • Beautiful Feet

    This Week’s Text: Romans 10:5-15 What do you think of, what do you feel, how do you react to the word evangelism? There is a wide-range of responses. Some are positive, and some are negative. Some are based out of motivation and excitement, some are based out of duty or obligation, and some are based […]

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