Entries by David Yoder

The Good Samaritan

One of the most beloved and well-known of Jesus’ parables is the story of the Good Samaritan.  Jesus was approached by a lawyer, who wanted to ‘test’ Jesus.  So, he asks a question of Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” The question is legitimate in every sense.  It is the question with […]

Empowered and Sent

In Luke 10:1-12 we see Jesus sending out 72 people on a short-term evangelism mission. Jesus’ direction was from the north, heading to the south. He had just passed by Samaria. His overall direction was Jerusalem and he was headed there to die. So, if he is heading south to die, what is with this […]

Playing Ball

One the more pleasant surprises I’ve encountered in Williamson County is the Franklin Baseball Club (FBC). This is a non-profit vehicle dedicated to facilitating good baseball for the youth of the city. Almost three years ago I put my youngest son William into the 5-6 age group, took a deep breath, and signed up to […]

Experiencing True Kingdom Power

The message today is part of a shorter sermon series on “Practicing Faith in Williamson County.” Part of living in this present age (Titus 2:11-12) is taking time to know the present age.  We noted last week that the postmodern age is upon the West and in this larger context we presently live.  Additionally, we […]

Following Jesus Into This Present Age

We begin today on a shorter sermon series on “Practicing Faith in Williamson County.”  The point here is to be intentional and knowledgeable about how we work out our faith in this present context.  That may take some cultural and sociological work.  That is, in order to love the people you live with, you need […]

Practicing Christian Liberty in the House of God

We do not all see things the same way.  Some practice certain practices which others believe to be inappropriate or wrong.  So how do we get along when we’re all living under the same faith roof, so to speak? Paul gives some excellent guidance in Romans 14.  There are three sections:  how God views your […]

Conquerors: Celebrating the FCC Story

We serve a speaking God. Jesus speaks to his church and reveals his will. Apart from this specific revelation of Christ, we would surely be lost. A local church in submission to Christ can surely expect to hear from him if she so desires. We did. We heard. The specificity with which we heard is […]


There is a European horse trainer that I really enjoy. His name is Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling. He is able to calm and train horses using body language and what he calls “authentic communication.” I grew up around horses and it is fascinating to see him work. In my life experience, I’ve never seen anyone do […]

Doing Good Work

Ephesians 6:5-8 Pauls tells us “Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling…” Say what?  Immediately questions come to our mind.  Should we not focus on doing away with slavery?  What if I’m asked to do something immoral?  What if the boss is a ‘jerk’?  What about human rights? At the core of these […]