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The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas is senior pastor of Grace Community United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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Grace Community United Methodist Church, Shreveport, LA

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas is lead pastor of Grace Community United Methodist Church in Shreveport, LA. Before coming to Grace in 2014, he served at St. John's United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, LA, for two years, and Squyres United Methodist Church in Ragley, LA, for three years.

He graduated from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and was a fellow of The Fund for Theological Education.

He is a husband, dad, son, brother, spiritual director, as well as pastor.


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The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas

Juan Carlos Huertas: Understood

Acts 2:1-13

Pentecost Sunday - Year B

May 20, 2018

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

 

All of a sudden, they understood! The scared disciples becoming courageous proclaimers, the hesitant and doubt filled ones now bold and assured, the Aramaic speaking ones, now heard in all possible tongues. What was happening?

Jesus had promised from the very beginning that he would leave but that he would not leave the disciples alone. Again, and again, he told them that he would die and leave them, but the disciples did not believe. In fact, often they responded in despondency and anger. "Stop talking about that!" They would say.

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The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas

Juan Carlos Huertas: Why Are You Looking Up?

Acts 1:1-11

Ascension Sunday - Year B

May 13, 2018

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

 

It was a promise.

They would not be left alone. They had already lost him once and were already grieving losing him again. There had been so many amazing moments. So many miraculous things, so many people healed, so many conversations had, and so many opportunities to learn. There was also that amazing set of weeks when they had gone two by two to rehearse the work of Jesus. The disciples returned filled with joy at what they had seen, at the ways that God had used them to bring the kingdom to those that needed it most. There had also been the sadness of their friend, teacher, and Lord taken into custody and then crucified. Then the disappointment of their actions caused by their lack of faith and their fear.

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

December 24, 2015

Juan Huertas: Noche Buena

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

Noche Buena (Good Night) is what we call Christmas Eve in Spanish speaking countries. It's more than a translation but a different way to look at this special "eve" in the Christian calendar. In many countries Noche Buena is the most important night of the Christmas season. It might even be more important than Christmas morning. Families gather, food is shared, then the family heads to church to celebrate Christ's birth.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Transcript

May 03, 2015

Abiding Fruit

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

The Rev. Juan Huertas says Jesus calls us to abide in him, so Jesus becomes our root, our vine, and God grows it, tends it, makes sure it is healthy and whole, making us into flowering branches that reveal the presence of Jesus in the field of God's kingdom.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

August 18, 2014

The Eyes that Have Cried

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

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Facing Opposition - The Rev. Juan Huertas

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

The Rev. Juan Huertas joins us with a powerful message on facing those hurdles in life that so assuredly come along.

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Transcript

August 12, 2012

Sharing in the Life of Jesus

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

In his sermon on John 6:35,41-51, the Rev. Juan Huertas says, Those of us who claim Christ as our Lord find ourselves being fed by Christ's own presence, and it is in that feeding that we are participants in the divine life.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

October 11, 2011

Leadership as "Space Making"

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

The church continues to have conversations about the importance of leadership to Christian communities. Although we are tempted as leaders to often give answers I wonder if a more important practice is for the leader to provide space for questions.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

May 21, 2011

Rapture Fail

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

Another false prophet fails in its predictions. As people of faith are we going to join the mockery or are we going to use this opportunity to proclaim the promise of a new creation?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

May 03, 2011

Bin Laden's Death: A Response

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

Hearing of the death of Osama Bin Laden has caused many type of responses. Many are asking, How should a Christian respond? Here is my personal response.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

April 17, 2011

The Beginning of the End: A Palm Sunday Reflection

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

As we begin this Holy Week, let us embrace the difficult journey that in the end leads to real resurrection.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

March 21, 2011

Few Workers: Bible in 90 - Day 74

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

We know Jesus is calling people to the harvest. What is the "harvest?" and Who's Jesus calling?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

March 16, 2011

Forced: Bible in 90 - Day 71

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

As I continue my journey through the bible I encounter the story of Jesus in the wilderness. As we continue in this Lenten journey I wonder if we at times should allow ourselves to explore the wilderness instead of trying to hurry out of it.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

March 14, 2011

No More Church Growth: A Year Later

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

A year ago I wrote a piece lamenting the church growth movement. It quickly elicited many comments, a year later would I have written something different?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

March 09, 2011

Reconciliation: An Ash Wednesday Reflection

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

As we begin Lent let us take seriously our reconciliation to God and the created order and let us become agents of reconciliation in the world.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

February 25, 2011

Biblical Erotica: Bible in 90

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

A call for Christians to dialogue about sexuality as a part of our being made in God's image.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

February 21, 2011

Poor & Needy: Bible in 90

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

What should be our response to the poor? The bible tells us time and time again, are we listening?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

February 10, 2011

Friends: Bible in 90

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

As I read through Job I notice that real friends know when to stay silent,especially in times of tragedy.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

February 08, 2011

Rebuild: Bible in 90

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

As I continue reading through the bible I realize how Nehemiah's struggle to build the wall of Jerusalem is much like our struggle to rebuild the church.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

February 04, 2011

Names: Bible in 90

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

I Chronicles can seem like a long list of names. As I read through them I find myself bored and can't wait to get through them, then I realize that each of these names matter because people matter.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

February 02, 2011

Sleeping god

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

As I continue my adventure through the bible I read through I Kings and reflect on a well read scripture in Sunday school: Elijah and the prophets of Baal. It makes me realize that the gods we serve are sleeping . . .
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

January 27, 2011

House: Bible in 90

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

The cost of maintaining a building can sometimes cause a church to stop doing vital ministries. As I read through I Kings I ask, Does God need a house?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

January 26, 2011

Grief: Bible in 90

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

As I read through II Samuel I'm struck by David's public display of grief at the death of his son Absalom.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

January 20, 2011

Around the Bible in 90 Days

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

Reading the bible in 90 days and blogging about it!
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

December 19, 2010

Christmas Eve Worship

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

Christmas Eve can be one of the most attended worship services of the year. Have we prepared in ways that will facilitate the hearing of the good news?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

December 13, 2010

He Will Save His People

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

In this season of Advent we might want to reflect on the response of people like Joseph, who was given the task of naming his son with a name that would be a constant reminder of his identity to all the world.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

December 05, 2010

Advent Preparation

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

Today the Gospel calls us to repent! What kind of Advent preparation is that?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

December 01, 2010

An Aids Day Reflection

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

On this World Aids Day I ponder the church's role in combating this killer disease, in educating people about the disease, & in providing a place of healing to people living with Aids and their families.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

November 28, 2010

Advent Awakening

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

As we begin the season of Advent are we going to actively wait or rush and miss God with us?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

November 23, 2010

Captured By Gratitude

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

On this thanksgiving week are we just going to say thanks or are we going to discover the joys of a life of gratitude?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

November 01, 2010

An All Saints Reflection

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

As I reflect on the people of faith that have gone before me I am reminded of my own call to "saintly" living in our world today!
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

October 07, 2010

Busy!!

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

After a gathering with other clergy members I left wondering if I was really too busy?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

September 03, 2010

Jesus on a Light Pole

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

Musings about faithful discipleship as a call to love!
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

July 08, 2010

Packing Heat!

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

A satirical response to concealed weapons in houses of worship.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

June 01, 2010

Louisiana Groans

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

On the first day of Hurricane season the people of Louisiana prepare for disaster as it deals with one. How do we respond?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

April 29, 2010

For I Was A Stranger . . .

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

Personal thoughts on the Christian response to immigrants.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

April 21, 2010

Who Do We Trust?

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

In the midst of continued suspicion of institutions where do we stand as the church? ...I've heard the church called a bureaucracy many times and I wonder why? I've been guilty of speaking of the church as if it was this disembodied entity that had nothing to do with me. I believe this way of thinking allows me to be critical without having to commit to be part of the solution...

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

March 24, 2010

Who Adds to Our Number?

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

A response to No More Church Growth!
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

March 10, 2010

No More Church Growth!

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

What if the church stopped worrying about growing and instead became focused on proclamation?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

February 23, 2010

Transformative People

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

In the church and in the world we are constantly hearing about the need for transformative leaders. This Lenten season is God calling us to be a transformative people?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday Reflections

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

As we gather today may the mark on our foreheads remind us that we can begin again.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

February 11, 2010

Saints Go Marching In!

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

As I celebrate with fellow Louisianians I ask: What can the church do to inspire a city? To inspire a state?
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

February 02, 2010

Best Intentions

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

Sometimes our best intentions lead to poor action. As we continue to watch the events in Haiti unfold, may Christians be more attentive to how their actions witness the good news.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

January 19, 2010

King, Haiti, & the Colonized

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

Dr. King's message is as important today as ever. May his words guide us as we seek to help the people of Haiti rebuild.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

January 14, 2010

God in Haiti

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

While many are asking about God's presence during tragedy, the people of God are moved to become the answer to the question.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

January 05, 2010

On Epiphany

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

While stores have moved on, in our family we will gather tonight and wait for the wise men. The story will help us remember to become light for the world.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

December 31, 2009

The Yearly Examen

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

Why don't we keep up with our resolutions? Maybe some reflection on the passing year will help us keep them this coming year!
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

December 24, 2009

Noche Buena

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

Noche Buena "Good Night" is Christmas Eve in Spanish speaking countries. As we gather this Christmas Eve many ask themselves: What is good this night? The Angels have an answer . . .
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

December 15, 2009

Climate Silence in the Church

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

As the leaders of the world gather to deal with climate change, at the grassroots the church remains silent.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

December 05, 2009

It's Christmas Everywhere Else!

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

It's Christmas everywhere but we are still preparing. This does not mean we are not looking forward to the celebration. What it means is that we recognize that we cannot jump into the celebration until we are prepared for what Christ's coming really means.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

November 30, 2009

Advent Space in a Christmas World

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

In the middle of Christmas world the church forces us to slow down and recognize our real need.
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas Article

November 25, 2009

On Gratitude

The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas (UMC)

The holiday of giving thanks has become a holiday to food, possession, and overconsumption.I wonder what it will take to turn the tide, to bring us to an attitude of true gratitude?
Melissa Wiginton Transcript

December 26, 2004

The Future of Preaching

Melissa Wiginton (other)

Melissa Wiginton is Director of Ministry Programs and Partnership for Excellence for the Fund for Theological Education, based in Atlanta, GA. She introduces Day 1 listeners to three seminarians supported by The Fund: Stephanie Crumpton is a senior at In