Sermons by Rev. Dr. Rod Kennedy

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February 11, 2018: “We Preach”

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2 Kings 2:1-12 As Elijah disappears in a whirlwind, Elisha is now on his own. Our story has a prequel: One day, years earlier, Elijah passed by Elisha and threw his mantle over him. Pay attention to this mantle because it is everything to everyone ever touched or called. Let’s suppose that one Sunday morning, […]

February 4, 2018: “A Troubled Preacher!”

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A preacher gravitates between wanting to be the beloved pastor and the one who is in trouble if he doesn’t preach the gospel. Talk about a difficult place to be stuck. How about these apples: In trouble with God if the preacher doesn’t preach the gospel; in trouble with the congregation if the preacher does […]

January 28, 2018: “Knowledge and Love”

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The church at Corinth looks like a bunch of battling Baptists. One day, while Paul is out of town preaching a revival, he gets a letter from Corinth riddled with complaints. “Pastor, some members think they are more spiritual than others. Some think they are smarter than others. Pastor, what do we do?” Slice and […]

December 17, 2017: “Christmas Gifts Galore!”

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Isaiah 61:1-4 This sermon is not for you unless you are having trouble seeing the world clearly and you feel lost and confused. This sermon is not for you unless parts of your life have incapacitated you and kept you from living freely. This sermon is not for you unless you have deep loneliness in […]

December 3, 2017: “Wake Up!”

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Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 What an odd text for people getting ready for Christmas.  What’s with all this scary language?  We can’t schedule the loss of the sun and the shaking of the powers of the heavens.  Don’t you know this is Christmas season? We go from Thanksgiving, a national holiday, to Christmas as […]