Sermons by Rev. Dr. Rod Kennedy

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June 18, 2017: “Excel in Empathy”


II Corinthians 8:7-15 I haven’t come for your money. Nor will I promise you that God will make you wealthy if you write a check. I watched a television evangelist giving advice to people with too much credit card debt. He suggested that people pick up the phone and use the one credit card they […]

June 4, 2017: “Pentecost for Introverts”


Nothing frightens good Baptists like Acts 2. The story of the day of Pentecost is so loud, so passionate, so emotional. All of it makes us very uncomfortable. If we hang around Acts 2 very long, we will start to suspect that the Pentecostals are right. But by and large, we are a timid, quiet, […]

May 21, 2017: “Proclaiming God”

Paul stood in front of the Areopagus. This means he faced the collective array of Greek philosophers in the most famous of all Greek courtrooms.  He attempts to take the hill against the embedded wisdom of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.  That he starts carefully and with real rhetorical skill should come as no surprise.  Paul was […]

May 14, 2017: “Theology and Twitter!”

Mark 6:6b-13 Mark tells us how Christianity started. Jesus sent out his twelve disciples in this radical itinerant ministry. He sent them into the   villages and cities. They went without protection and without economic security. He gave them a message: Tell people to change the way they are living and enter the kingdom of God. […]

May 7, 2017: “I Shall Not Want”

Psalm 23 is a panoramic view of the long march of human history set to music.  This is our story in poetic expression.  Life is a journey, and you have never been where you are going before.  Maybe   you think that all you need is a GPS, but you might want to think again.  The […]

April 30, 2017: “How Jesus ‘Easters’ In Us”

Luke 24:13-35 Set the scene: Two disciples of Jesus, not two of the twelve, but of the second band of followers, are on the road to a place called   Emmaus.  A SCATTERING OF DISCIPLES AND A REGATHERING BY THE GOOD SHEPHERD.  Luke says Emmaus was seven miles from Jerusalem.  Archaeologists have never uncovered a town […]

April 9, 2017: “A Perfect Storm”


Matt. 21:1-11 It’s probably a sign of old age that I watch the Weather Channel and often ask, “What do you think about this weather?” as the   opening line of a conversation.  After all, Randy Travis sings, “As long as old men sit and talk about the weather, as long as old   women sit and […]

April 2, 2017: “God is Good”


Mark 4:1-32 This is a sermon about God and God’s goodness. The church should trust the goodness of the Lord! God is good! God is good! God is good all the time! Mark 4 is about God’s goodness wrapped in first century farming practices. Mark 4 opens with the parable of the farmer slinging seed […]

March 19, 2017: “Water from Rock”


Exodus 17:1-7, John 4:5-42 Questions explode in desert air.  The preacher fires first: “Why do you quarrel with me?”  “Why do you test the Lord?”  The people retort: “Why did you bring us out of Egypt to kill us?”  Then the preacher appeals to the Lord: “What shall I do with this               people?”  And then […]