The Season of Generosity

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 14:25-33 September 8, 2013 Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Philemon 1-21 Welcome to the hard sayings of Jesus where Jesus pushes hard...

Helping Others is Both Free and Costly

At PORTA – the Albania House in Athens – we’re all about giving. We give of ourselves, and we give nearly everything we do for free. There are many reasons for this. For one, as what Greeks call a “spiritual” center, we are not allowed to charge for...

Why Can’t Churches Be More Like Pecan Trees?

While walking around in a market in Cieneguilla, Peru, I noticed small bags of pecans hanging up for sale.  There, amid many kinds of fruit I couldn’t identify, was a fruit I can walk out of my office and pick up in our church’s parking lot. We have about...