• Donald Stevens

    Contributing sermons since Nov 19, 2004
Donald's church

Quinton and Hancock's Bridge United Methodist Churches
Quinton, New Jersey 08072

About Donald
  • Education: M. Div. in 2004 from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary B.A. in 2001 from Thomas Edison State College A.A. in 1999 from Camden County Community College
  • Experience: 8 yrs volunteer youth advisor Epworth UMC in Palmyra, NJ 2.5 yrs youth pastor at Kemble Memorial UMC in Woodbury, NJ 2004 appointed to pastor two small churches in Salem County NJ
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I’m just a young guy still learning the ropes. I hope that whatever I write helps whoever happens to read it.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Two part series at the beginning of Advent in 1991 or 92 preached by Rev. Dave Bailey, founder of Ranch Hope for boys and a friend of my pastor at the time. Rev. Bailey inspired me to be the best speaker and preacher that I could learn to be.
  • Family: Wife Bonnie and daughter Trista
  • What my parents think of my sermons: I’m my mom’s favorite preacher. She likes Robert Shuler second. Dad’s never heard me preach, he’s agnostic.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Not sure. She says she likes them but she’s never too enthusiastic about it.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: K.I.S.S. If I have to explain that, well, it kind of defeats the point, doesn’t it?
  • Books that have had an impact: "Pastor" by Will Willimon anything by CS Lewis "Starting Right" by Kenda Dean "Sacred Cows Make Gourmet Burgers" by William Easum "From the First Bite" by Kay Sheppard "The Word of God and the Word of Man" by Karl Barth "Works of Love" by Soren Kierkegaard
  • Hobbies: Surfing (the Net), watching hockey at any level, reading, going to the movies
  • What I want on my tombstone: Don loved the Lord
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Newest Sermons

  • Christian Stewardship - Part Four

    Contributed on Nov 19, 2004
    based on 24 ratings

    Fourth of four messages on stewardship. Based on UM congregational pledge and UM "Guidelines"

    2 Samuel 24:18-25 On that day Gad went to David and said to him, "Go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite." So David went up, as the LORD had commanded through Gad. When Araunah looked and saw the king and his men coming toward him, he went out and bowed more

  • Christian Stewardship - Part Three

    Contributed on Nov 19, 2004
    based on 14 ratings

    Third in a series of four messages on Stewardship. Based on UM congregational pledge and UM "Guidelines"

    Proverbs 11:24-29 One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell. He who seeks good more

  • Christian Stewardship - Part Two

    Contributed on Nov 19, 2004
    based on 19 ratings

    Second in a series of four messages on Christian Stewardship. Based on UM congregatinal pledge and UM "Guidelines"

    Christian Stewardship Part 2 Mark 12:41-44 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a more

  • Christian Stewardship - Part One

    Contributed on Nov 19, 2004
    based on 26 ratings

    First of four messages in a series on stewardship. Based on UM congregational pledge and UM "Guidelines"

    Christian Stewardship - Part 1 Romans 12:1-8 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the more

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  • I Got This Story Recently In An Email And Felt It ...

    Contributed on May 12, 2005
    based on 10 ratings

    I got this story recently in an email and felt it had to be shared with all of you. It is a story as told by a young lady who also happened to be a Sunday School teacher. It goes like this. I was testing the children in my Sunday school class one morning, to see if they understood the concept of more

  • Wesley Taught About Prevenient Grace, ...

    Contributed on Sep 30, 2004
    based on 27 ratings

    - Wesley taught about Prevenient Grace, Justifying Grace, and Sanctifying Grace. - And even if we know about those forms of grace that Wesley emphasized, - I think that we still have a hard time understanding what grace really is. - I once heard it explained this way. - Suppose that more