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Author Keith Herron

Keith Herron is the Bridge Pastor for First Congregational Church of St. Louis. He is the author of “Living a Narrative Life: Essays on the Power of Story," and served previously as a member of the EthicsDaily.com / Baptist Center for Ethics board of directors.

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

Symphonic Spirit

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. Pentecost Sunday I Corinthians 12:3b-13 June 8, 2014 Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, John 20:19-23 It is 50 days past the Jewish holiday Passover and Jerusalem is once again full of visitors from all over the world. It’s “the 50-day festival” known as […] Read More

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. Acts 1:1-11 Ascension Sunday June 1, 2014 Psalms 68:1-10, 32-35; John 17:1-11; I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 I remember the first time I submitted my photograph to my credit card company for security purposes. I naturally used the nice portrait taken of me when […] Read More

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Sixth Sunday after Easter I Peter 3:13-22 May 25, 2014 Psalm 66; John 14:15-21; Acts 17:22-31 A century ago the Reverend Daniel Poling, the pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church in NYC, told of a visit he made to China during which […] Read More

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Fifth Sunday after Easter I Peter 2:2-10 May 18, 2014 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; John 14:1-14; Acts 7:55-60 As historical accounts attest, September 18, 1793 was a beautiful early fall day. President George Washington was decked out in his ceremonial Masonic apron festooned […] Read More