July 21, 2016
by Steve Sanchez

Our Gay Waiter’s “Good” News

“REPENT YOU WICKED PASTOR!” This was just one of many Facebook comments I received when I posted an account of what happened at the Cheesecake Factory in Austin on July 6.

My wife and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary when our waiter, Trey, announced that he, too, had some good news: He was getting married! I asked who the lucky girl was and he said it wasn’t a girl.


How would you respond? What would you say to him? What I said to our waiter brought down a storm of fury and fire on social media: “You are WICKED! Yahweh rebuke you! The Lord Jesus Christ rebuke you devils! You are an abomination! He hates with Holy Wrath.”  Continue Reading


July 17, 2016
by Steve Sanchez

No Longer a Stranger in a Strange Land

I preached my first sermon at Community Church of the Hills one year ago last Sunday, July 10, 2015.

Never, in a million years did I ever expect to be pastoring a church in the middle of Texas, especially since I’m a native born—ahem—guy from the west coast, from the second largest city in America. (Is that vague enough?)

Oh, but what a wonderful change!


I didn’t move to Texas like other Californians because of huge profits from the sale of their homes and getting double—triple—the value in the Lone Star State. I didn’t move as some sort of left-wing conspiracy to change the political climate of this Red State (I’m a conservative). I didn’t even move here as a protest against the Golden State and its strange brew of crazy, nonsensical, burdensome, ridiculous tax and social laws.

No, I came for one reason and one reason only: God called me.

I didn’t hear any voices, no angel trumpeted from Heaven nor did a lightning bolt strike a special place in my Bible. A series of circumstances aligned themselves together to cause me to pray about uprooting my family, leaving a church where I had been an associate pastor for fifteen years, abandoning a pension that I would receive in just five years, and, of course, saying goodbye to everything familiar, including family and friends. Continue Reading


July 8, 2016
by Steve Sanchez
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The Most Famous Sermon Ever Preached

On this day in 1741, the future president of Princeton College preached the most famous American sermon ever in Northhampton, Massachusetts. Many listeners responded in this way:

“What shall I do to be saved? Oh, I am going to Hell.”

Some crowded toward the pulpit begging the preacher to stop. At one pointJonathan-Edwards in the sermon there was so much noise that the pastor asked everyone to be quiet so that he could be heard.

He finished the sermon with these words: “Let everyone that is out of Christ now awake and fly from the wrath to come. The wrath of the Almighty God is undoubtedly hanging over a great part of this congregation. Let everyone fly out of Sodom. Haste and escape for your lives. Look not behind you, escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed.”

Of course this was Jonathan Edwards preaching “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”

In 2008, I preached this very same sermon and the results were both disappointing and immensely satisfying. Read my experience by clicking here.

Click here to listen to my preaching this sermon, or watch it below.


Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God from hopehermosa on Vimeo.

Portions of this post were taken from “The One Year Book of Christian History.”


June 28, 2016
by Steve Sanchez


FACEBOOK HAS AN APP called “On This Day” which shows you what you posted on this day, one year, three years, however many years ago it was.


June 28th is kinda special to me. How so? Take a look at what I posted on this day in 2013: Continue Reading


June 23, 2016
by Steve Sanchez

DD is Now “Emancipated Minor” Age Today

My daughter DD is now eligible to be an emancipated minor in the great state of Texas. Here’s the law:

Any minor petitioning a Texas court for emancipation—that is, being declared an adult in the eyes of the law—must be a Texas resident, 17 years old…and able to support and manage one’s own affairs.

Now, my hope is that DD will never have any affairs because Karen and I, as imperfect as we are, have raised her with Christian values. Snicker.

A lot has changed in the life of my “Baby D,” for one thing, she is no longer a baby.


Last year, as the credits rolled on her 16th birthday, she really came into her own…. Continue Reading