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  • Rex S. Wignall

    Contributing sermons since Oct 25, 2002
Rex's church

Sun City United Methodist Church
Sun City California , 92586
951-679-1016

About Rex
  • Education: In addition to four years of college (Whitman College) I completed a Masters of Religion at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA.
  • Experience: I have served as Pastor at Sun City UMC (SCUMC) for ten years. Prior to that, I have served five other UMCs in Arizona and Southern California.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: I did a sermon series on J. Ellsworth Kalas' book If Experience is Such a Good Teacher, Why Do I keep Repeating the Course? The "Life Experience" series has 8 or 9 parts, and has been helpful for a variety of church groups.
  • Family: I am married to wife Barbara, and have two adult daughters and four grandchildren.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Gerald Kennedy (noted Methodist preacher of the mid-20th century) said you should preach "with the Bible in one hand, and the newspaper in the other." Kennedy also used to "test out" his sermons on a 5th grader and if he/she did not understand the sermon, Kennedy would go back and re-work the part that was unclear before delivering the sermon.
  • Books that have had an impact: The writing of Charles Swindoll (too many books to cite) and C. S. Lewis, William Willimon (UMC teacher and bishop) Robert Schnase (Five Practices of Fruitful Living) Albert C. Outler (the Wesley scholar) Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Paul Tillich have shaped both my theology and spirituality down through the years.
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  • Horizontal And Vertical Thanks

    Contributed on Nov 28, 2002
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    We must move beyond "comparative gratitude" and an awareness of our good fortune, to "vertical thanks to God who is the source of all blessings.

    Introduction: Comparative Gratitude Thanksgiving, like Christmas, is firmly woven into the American fabric as a tradition. I don’t mean this in a critical way – it is a wonderful occasion to gather families and to share a meal together (something rarer and rarer in this day). Just as we ...read more

  • Lessons Of Loneliness

    Contributed on Oct 25, 2002
    based on 73 ratings
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    First in a series from J. Ellsworth Kalas’ book, IF EXPERIENCE IS SUCH A GOOD TEACHER, WHY DO I KEEP REPEATING THE COURSE?"

    The Lessons of Loneliness By Rex S. Wignall, Chaplain, Valley Christian Home Genesis 2:8-9, 15-25; Matthew 27:45-46; Hebrews 12:1-3 Introduction to the Series: A few years ago, a teacher of preaching named Ellsworth Kalas wrote a book with a catchy title: If Experience Is Such A ...read more

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  • The Gospel Perspective On Thanks

    Contributed on Nov 28, 2002
    based on 28 ratings
     | 819 views

    The Gospel Perspective on Thanks Because of the great sacrifice Jesus made for each of us on the cross, Christians should have an additional, very personal perspective on thanks. Max Lucado shares this moving story of sacrifice to remind us what Jesus has done in giving His life for us: It’s ...read more

  • It Is Clear That The Writer Of Psalm 100 Is ...

    Contributed on Nov 28, 2002
    based on 27 ratings
     | 1,193 views

    It is clear that the writer of Psalm 100 is calling us to look up, and see the blessings of our God. Warren Wiersbe puts it well when he writes: Some people are appreciative by nature, but some are not; and it is these latter people who especially need God’s power to express thanksgiving. We ...read more

  • Sometimes, We Are Tempted To Think We Are The ...

    Contributed on Oct 25, 2002
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    Sometimes, we are tempted to think we are the only ones who struggle with this burden. Ellsworth Kalas tells the discovery that Thomas Wolfe the fine American writer made about loneliness: Wolfe was a lonely man. He once thought that loneliness was something suffered especially, perhaps even ...read more

  • While Lonely People Shake Their Fists At Heaven ...

    Contributed on Oct 25, 2002
    based on 11 ratings
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    While lonely people shake their fists at heaven and angrily ask, “God why have You forsaken me? Where are you?” we Christians often forget one central fact about God’s personal experience with loneliness. Charles Swindoll reminds us in his eloquent way: God knows, my friend and He does care. ...read more