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The images of burning and collapsing buildings now forever etched on our souls have left our nation thick-tongued and tired. In times of such horrific violence and unspeakable sadness, Jesus’ teachings must be our guiding rule. […] Read More

Character is the primary arena of change. We can’t change the DNA we inherited, the circumstances into which we were born, the families that shaped and misshaped us, or the wounding events we’ve undergone. Some things about our bodies, temperaments and minds are relatively set and resistant to change. We can, though, make choices about […] Read More

The Beatitudes are not prescriptions on how to be blessed. “I need to be poor in spirit (or just plain poor) so I can be blessed” misses the point and leads to some interesting interpretations of how to live the spiritual life. It can sometimes lead us away from properly understanding what Jesus is getting […] Read More

Ghandi famously said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” His words were both a compliment to Jesus and a recognition that our relationship to Jesus has been faulty, at best. The disparity between Jesus’ teachings and our lives raises the question: If we truly […] Read More

What insight would be gained from reversing the beatitudes or blessings Jesus offers in the Sermon on the Mount? I was researching the Beatitudes for a sermon a few years ago when I came across the writings of St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) who had done just that. After repeating the first beatitude (“Blessed are the […] Read More

Saltahakers & Candlesticks

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City,  Mo. Fifth Sunday after Epiphany February 9, 2014 Matthew 5:13-20 Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12); Psalm 112:1-9 (10); I Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) Jesus’ preaching of the Sermon on the Mount was no fluke. It was well-planned and intentional. It was Jesus’ launching of his central idea […] Read More

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:1-12 February 2, 2014 Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; I Corinthians 1:18-31 Things are seldom as they appear and truth is not exempt from that observation. We know that when we observe that what should be true […] Read More

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” — Matthew 5:4 Lately, this verse has taken hold of me for reasons I don’t fully understand. Maybe it’s because I’ve participated in two funerals recently, and at both we celebrated and mourned simultaneously.  I am part of a community that shows up at funerals.  We […] Read More

A few years ago, my wife and I were leading a study on the Beatitudes (a variation of the Latin word for “happy,” “fortunate” or “blessed”) of Jesus found in Matthew 5:1-12. When it came time to begin my sermon preparation for the fourth “beatitude” – “happy are those who hunger and thirst for a […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Keith Herron, pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo., on January 30, 2011. Matthew 5:1-12  In the Beatitudes in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, when our English Bible says, “Blessed are those …” (as most translations say), a phrase that could have been used instead is, “Happy are those …” Sometimes […] Read More