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Author Keith Herron

Keith D. Herron recently retired as senior minister at St. Lucas United Church of Christ in St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently a supplemental faculty member at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He served previously as pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, and was a member of the EthicsDaily.com / Baptist Center for Ethics board of directors.

With certain state Baptist conventions rushing to exclude people, gay church members are forced to live a lie about their sexual orientation in order for the church to accept them. Others just walk away. There’s no safe harbor. […] Read More

The church has entered an era when difficult conversations are more important than ever. In our polarized society, it’s vital for the church to come together for dialogue, listen to each other and seek the middle ground. […] Read More

An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when one object in the sky moves into the shadow of another. The term is most often used to describe either a solar eclipse (when the moon’s shadow crosses Earth’s surface) or a lunar eclipse (when the moon moves into the shadow of Earth). Everyone in the […] Read More

The season of Lent, which begins next Wednesday, comprises the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. In Lent, we take our cues from Jesus who denied himself as a spiritual exercise, denying himself of what he had in abundance in order to discover just how much he had in reserve. This is an austere […] Read More

God in Empty Places

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. August 10, 2014 Genesis 37:1-11 The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Psalms 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Matt. 14:22-33; Romans 10:5-15 It would not be unusual for anyone to ask, “Why are we spending the summer exploring these ancient stories? What could these old geezers possibly […] Read More

The Bone Crusher

 A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 32:22-31 August 3, 2014 Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Matthew 14:13-21; Romans 9:1-5 Jacob’s wrestling with the angel on the bank of the Jabbok River is a bone-crushing story that resonates in the experience of our own souls where […] Read More

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 29:15-28 July 27, 2014 Psalm 105:1-11, 45b; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52; Romans 8:26-39 History credits P.T. Barnum for the line, “There’s a sucker born every minute,” but most of his friends denied he ever said it. Here’s something […] Read More

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. I Corinthians 13 July 13, 2014 What is it in your life, what activity or what driving force, makes you so happy it makes your heart sing? Joseph Campbell asked it this way, “What’s your bliss?” The answer to that question is something […] Read More

God of the Outcasts

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Second Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 21:8-21 June 22, 2014 Jeremiah 20:7-13; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39 Before this story turns terribly dark in telling of the banishment of Hagar and Ishmael, it is uproariously funny. When Abram and Sarai are told the news […] Read More

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. Trinity Sunday Genesis 1:1-2:4a May 26, 2002 Psalm 8; Matthew 28:16-20; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 In reading the drama of creation in Genesis, we learn there’s only one central character, God. And for the longest time God is the only actor on stage, the […] Read More