From the Pulpit

You can listen to all the sermons from Lockwood Community Church  at


Click here to listen to the these messages from the re-YOU series: Insight, Decision, Implementation, July 13 and When He Came To…, July 20 and Insight, August 17.



I’m excited about the message of 1st Corinthians 15. Listen to The First Stone in an Avalanche

Check out the sermon series Storyteller at

You can find the final sermon from Shayne’s series Kingdom Come at

The first of four sermons in the BOLD FAITH: LIVING HOPE series: The God of Hope (1 Peter 1:3-9

Listen to our most recent series: Kingdom Come. Start at the beginning (11/17), and listen all the way through! Just click here: Lockwood Church.

Luke 14:25-38: Christian Accounting (click below)

Luke 11:1-13: God Does Not Have a Layaway Department (click below)

Luke 24:1-11: The Power of the Resurrection (click below)

Luke 9:18-25: Must Do (click below)

Luke 15: Party at My House (click below)

Everybody’s Invited – Luke 19:1-10

When I was a (very) young preacher, I was deeply impressed by Jeremiah 23:21-22:

I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not
speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council,
they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them
from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.

I determined then not merely to preach a sermon, but to share a message, which of course meant I must listen to the one sending the message and present it as clearly and accurately as possible. That has been my desire ever since.

I will post links to messages each time I preach. Hope you find them helpful.

– Shayne


6 Responses to From the Pulpit

  1. Dave Guerrieri Sr says:

    Is there a reason you stopped updating your blog in March? I have enjoyed your articles on the Christian life.


  2. Tim says:

    Shayne –

    You wrote, ” When I come across a non-Christian who loves creation, is awed by her splendor, at home in her vastness and devoted to her care, I can’t help but think that person ought to convert, since the Christian vision of creation is without equal.”

    Nicely written, and I understand your feeling, but you don’t really mean that do you? If you do, then you are lining up with so many others who seem to think that “belief” is based on what one WANTS to be true, rather than on what one REALLY JUST THINKS is true.

    You might enjoy the log of my columns at We write on similar issues.

    tim pennings


    • salooper57 says:

      Tim, you’re right of course, and thanks for pointing it out. What I should have said is that I want them to see the extraordinary hope that Christians have, and understand why we have it. But your point is well-taken and greatly appreciated. – Shayne


  3. Rev. Stephen F. Precht says:

    I have been reading some of your materials. Was wondering whether you might further amplify
    on the quote: “The Way Home is Not the Way Back.” As a minister, I would really like to
    wrap my heart and mind further around this for homiletical purposes.


  4. salooper57 says:

    Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for reading and writing – and for the work you are doing for our Lord and his church. I’d be glad to share with you what inspired me to borrow Wilson’s quote, though I won’t presume to say what Wilson himself had in mind. From what little I know of him, I suspect it was something quite different from the thoughts his words evoked in me.

    “The way home is not the way back.” I have met people who are motivated by a kind of nostalgia, a longing to go back to some earlier period in life when things were better, even beautiful – at least in their memories. We want “to get ourselves back to the garden,” to go home. But I have come to believe that home, which is a life and not just a place, is in front of us, not behind.

    I don’t think any of us has ever been home. We were born on the road, stragglers, and refugees, trying to find our way home. Another way of putting it is to say none of us has ever been ourselves. We are born outsiders (per Wilson), separated even from our true selves, but always trying to become ourselves.

    I’ve come to believe that Christians must learn how to live backwards. Our lives are not determined primarily by our past (as in Wordsworth’s, The child is the father of the man) but by God’s future. The “obedience of faith” is the path home and to our true selves, and hope is the byproduct of following it.

    Ironically, the hiddenness of the future is what enables us to trust God, which is the only way we will ever find our way home. Life is an adventure and adventures, as Lewis said in Voyage of the Dawn Treader, “are never fun while you are having them.”

    For myself, I would often prefer comfort. But I pray for what I need, not what I prefer. (Well, that’s not true. I pray for both and God is good to give me what I need and often what I prefer.)

    I’d love to hear your thoughts, Stephen.



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