Grant Barnes, aka Grantimus Maximus, aka The Nerdcore Theologian. He is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology with a Masters Degree in Divinity. He is also a commissioned elder in the United Methodist Church, and Senior Pastor at Hemphill First United Methodist Church and Pineland United Methodist Church. He graduated from Texas State University Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in English, minor in History. He watches way too many movies, reads too many books, listens to too much music, and plays too many video games to ever join the mundane reality people claim is the "Real World." He rejects your reality, and replaces it with a vision of what could be, a better one, shaped by his love for God.
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The beginning of the good news[a] of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.[b] 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,[c] “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,[d] who will prepare your way; 3 the voice of one crying out … Continue reading
I’m trying to catch everyone up on some recent sermons. Here’s the one from last week, Advent 1. Here’s an excerpt: I’m trying to catch everyone up on some recent sermons. Here’s the one from last week, Advent 1. Here’s an excerpt:
The truth is, Advent is not as much about the afterglow of Christmas itself. It’s much more about pregnancy. Women, then, can tell you that pregnancy is anything but peaceful.
Pregnancy is chaos, up to the end. First, a new life is growing inside you. You can feel it. A woman’s body changes because of it. Fluctuations of emotions and physical pains/aches/cravings rock a woman’s body. There’s a flurry of activity. There’s the building of a nursery, the gathering of baby supplies like diapers, washcloths, bibs and bottles, baby clothes and God knows what else. All the while, you are not only working your heiny off, you’re waiting. Something is coming that has already begun to change your life and will change it drastically when it finally arrives. This child will change it all. Sometimes, it might even feel like your baby is the end of the world! And it is. The world as you know it will end, and a new, different one will take its place.
Ms. Ruby Lanecia Rouse has a story about a Christmas eve a few years ago when she had the opportunity to host some very special guests. Room at the Inn is a national program in which different city churches invite … Continue reading
Part 1 of a sermon series based on “Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas,” by Jorge Acevedo. Waffle House United Methodist pastor Jacob Armstrong tells of this story, that during one Advent season, his daughters asked him … Continue reading
This sermon was delivered at Lufkin UMC on December 8, 2013. Matthew 3:1-12 New International Version (NIV) 3 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven … Continue reading
This sermon was delivered on November 24, 2013, at Jasper United Methodist Church. Luke 23:33-43 Common English Bible (CEB) 33 When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right … Continue reading