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Beloved: Our Youth Group and the Song of Solomon

sea of galilee

…my brain thought: “I’ve got no clue how to teach Song of Solomon to a group of kids who are either (a) full of raging hormones or (b) completely repulsed at the concept of love and romance.” And I wasn’t necessarily reassured with the information I found on the internet. And, yes, I checked, and Tim Keller hasn’t written anything about Song of Solomon that I could find. If you’ve never read this book before (as I had not), Song of Solomon or Song of Songs is a short song or poem about “a dude and girl getting together” (to quote one of our kids). While certainly true, the book is about much more, for at its core the writer talks about true love in which the bride and the bridegroom become one and are willing to sacrifice for one another.

Orlando

This past Sunday, the worst terrorist attack since September 11, 2001 happened in Orlando, Florida. An Islamist pledging allegiance to ISIS entered a gay nightclub and opened fire, killing 49 people and injuring many more. It was a heartbreaking scene. The gay and lesbian subculture is not just an idea “over there”- just like we…

Self-Discovery at 2:46 am

Newborn babies are wonderful and important for many reasons. You may know that Kari and I now have a third son, Samuel Monroe Browder. He was born Friday, February 19th and we are elated! What a sublime and humbling thing to participate with God in the creation of life! It is indescribable. Any of you…

Love Your Enemies — David Browder

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, July 12, 2015, by the Rev’d David Browder. David Browder is the Rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School. Texts: 2 Samuel 19:16-23 and Matthew 5:38-48 http://media.blubrry.com/stec/p/stthomashouston.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-06-Trinity-Browder_01.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | RSS

Known and Loved — Nathaniel Lee

Sermon for the First Sunday after Trinity by the Rev’d Nathaniel Lee. The Rev’d Nathaniel J. Lee is a graduate assistant at Baylor University and Curate at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Waco, and is currently working on a PhD in Religion at Baylor University. Text: 1 St. John 4: 7. BELOVED, let us love one another:…

Love Bears All Things — David Browder

Sermon for Quinquagesima Sunday, March 2, 2014, by the Rev’d David Browder. Text: 1 Corinthians 13:1. THOUGH I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge;…

Love (III), a Poem by George Herbert

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in, Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning If I lacked anything. “A guest,” I answered, “worthy to be here”: Love said, “You shall be he.” “I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah,…

The Law is Love — David Browder

Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent, December 1, 2013, by the Rev’d David Browder Text: Romans 13:8. OWE no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear…

Strangers in this Land — David Browder

Sermon for Thanksgiving Eve, November 26, 2013, by the Rev’d David Browder. Text: Deuteronomy 11:8-21 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it; and that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the Lord sware…

The Pharisee and the Publican — Chris Bowhay

In an age of moral disintegration, in which every day brings fresh tales of shocking scandal, it is easy to say, like the Pharisee “I thank thee, O God, for not making me like other men.” But God does not judge on a bell curve. We are all penitents; we all fail to keep God’s commandments in one way or another, either by failing to love God with all our heart or by failing to love our neighbor as ourselves. We all need His loving compassion for us and we all need to show His loving compassion towards others.