• Kevin Barron

    Contributing sermons since Jan 1, 2000
Kevin's church

Perryville and Crossroads United Methodist Church
Perryville, Missouri 63775

About Kevin
  • Education: Bachelor of Religious Education (Ministerial Major), God’s Bible School and College, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1988; Master of Divinity (New Testament Major), Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, 1993; Master of Library Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1999
  • Experience: Pastor of Perryville and Crossroads United Methodist Churches, Perryville, Missouri, July 2017 - present; Pastor of Farm Hill United Methodist Church, Harrisburg, Arkansas, January 2013 - June 2017; Preacher in various capacities since 1980; Pastor of three churches in Ohio, Tennessee, and Missouri during 1985-1999; Currently Director, Mississippi County Library System
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I try to preach biblically - let me know what I can improve - I do listen to comments.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: While pastoring in Tennessee, I preached a series from Hebrews 11. It may not have helped anyone else, but it really helped me through some dark days. I hope to turn the sermons into a book eventually.
  • Family: I have been married to my wife, Carol, since 1984. We have no children but are owned by two cats - Ike and Max.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They were proud for awhile, but they haven’t said all that much in the last few years - of course, I have never been their pastor, so they have never heard me on a consistent basis.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She usually enjoys them, but if she doesn’t she lets me know!
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: K-I-S-S - keep it simple, stupid (from a layman). Quit while the audience is wanting you to say more instead of going on and saying more until the audience wishes you had quit (from a homiletics professor).
  • Books that have had an impact: Preaching in the Spirit, Dennis Kinlaw Biblical Preaching, Lloyd Perry
  • Hobbies: Reading, computers, Star Trek, science fiction/fantasy, sports (both participant and spectator).
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: You must be born again!
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: When younger and dumber and slower than I am now, the church I was pastoring was willed some money. The lady who was administering the estate was in church when I announced the fact that the church had received this gift. I mentioned that Marlene was the..., and my brain got stuck on what you call the person who administers estates! I finally came out with "execUtor", but pronounced it as if it sounded like execution! Marlene sweetly said, "I think you mean executrix." I have never forgotten!
  • What I want on my tombstone: Jesus Is All the World to Me
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Newest Sermons

  • Light In Our Darkness

    Contributed on Dec 19, 2018
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    This sermon looks at what God is doing in the lowest and darkest times in our lives.

    LIGHT IN OUR DARKNESS JEREMIAH 31:10-20 DECEMBER 9, 2018 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C CROSSROADS/PERRYVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES, MO INTRO. How Many Religious Folks Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? (posted on CHARISMATICS: Only 1 - Hands are already in the more

  • The Master's Mark

    Contributed on Feb 26, 2017
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    An Ash Wednesday sermon that seeks to remind us of what we signed up for when we said we would follow Jesus!

    THE MASTER’S MARK ASH WEDNESDAY, YEAR A 2 CORINTHIANS 5:20-6:10 MARCH 1, 2017 FARM HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, HARRISBURG, AR INTRO. Branding your animals to establish ownership can traced at least as far back as the ancient Egyptians. The practice of branding slaves goes at least to more

  • New

    Contributed on Dec 31, 2016

    Preached as a challenge for a covenant renewal service.

    NEW REVELATION 21:1-6a JANUARY 1, 2017 FIRST SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS, YEAR A COVENANT RENEWAL SUNDAY FARM HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, HARRISBURG, AR INTRO. Four times in these short verses, the word “new” is used. The whole language of the passage is of newness, of change, of leaving more

  • Myrrh For A Wonderful Savior

    Contributed on Dec 22, 2016
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    Looks at the gift of myrrh the wise men brought in order to understand the power of what Jesus did for us.

    WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM, PART 3 MYRRH FOR A WONDERFUL SAVIOR MATTHEW 2:1-12 DECEMBER 11, 2016 THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C FARM HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, HARRISBURG, AR INTRO. Myrrh was the gift of Balthazar of Arabia. But I just don’t get this gift. It had some medical uses. In more

  • Frankincense For A Holy Sacrifice

    Contributed on Dec 22, 2016

    Uses the frankincense that the wise men brought to point out some of the sacrifices that Jesus made in coming to earth.

    WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM, PART 2 FRANKINCENSE FOR A HOLY SACRIFICE MATTHEW 2:1-12 DECEMBER 4, 2016 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C FARM HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, HARRISBURG, AR INTRO. Dave Barry, the well-known humorist, has this take on the wise men and Christmas: “Although this more

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  • Ten Word Sermon

    Contributed on Aug 31, 2018

    The shortest sermon I know is only ten words. It was preached by my grandfather to a small, country congregation on the story of the Good Samaritan (Mark 10:35-45). He read the account of an outsider who demonstrates true neighbor love by stopping on the road to care for a bleeding and badly more

  • Very Few Things Take Away The Power Of Someone As ...

    Contributed on Dec 30, 2012

    Very few things take away the power of someone as much as being ridiculed. In Von Ryan’s Express by David Westheimer, they do it by burning their clothes. The book is an account of Allied prisoners during World War Two. One of the trials of prison camp is that their Italian guards will not give more

  • Jesus' Birth

    Contributed on Dec 29, 2012

    Steve McGuire, our retired county judge, mentioned to me the other day that when someone wishes him “Merry Christmas,” he will sometimes tell them, “I wish you a happy birthday for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!” He has seen, like all of us need to see, that Christmas was not just the lights more

  • When I Was In High School, There Was Two Twin ...

    Contributed on Feb 23, 2008

    When I was in high school, there was two twin brothers who were one year ahead of me in school. They turned 16, they got their licenses, and then a nice used sports car appeared in their driveway, paid for, at least in part, by dear old dad. Not too much time passed before they were in an accident more

  • 65279;at One Point Early In Julius Caesar's ...

    Contributed on Sep 5, 2004

    At one point early in Julius Caesar’s political career, feelings ran so high against him that he thought it best to leave Rome. He sailed for the Aegean island of Rhodes, but en route the ship was attacked by pirates and Caesar was captured. The pirates demanded a ransom of 12,000 gold more