The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas

Denomination: United Methodist Church (UMC)
Organization: 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.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas

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The Future of Preaching

Friday October 24, 2008
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

Sharing in the Life of Jesus

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Abiding Fruit

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Juan Carlos Huertas: Why Are You Looking Up?

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas says Ascension Sunday moves us from the long narrative of Jesus’ life that culminated with his death and resurrection and now lands us at this moment--and as Jesus ascends to the heavens, we, like his disciples, are left wondering--what now?

Juan Carlos Huertas: Understood

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas says Ascension Sunday moved us from the long narrative of Jesus’ life, which culminated with his death and resurrection, and now lands us at this moment--and as Jesus ascends to the heavens, we like the disciples are left wondering--what now?

Articles by The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas

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On Gratitude

Friday October 24, 2008
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?

Advent Space in a Christmas World

Friday October 24, 2008
In the middle of Christmas world the church forces us to slow down and recognize our real need.

It's Christmas Everywhere Else!

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Climate Silence in the Church

Friday October 24, 2008
As the leaders of the world gather to deal with climate change, at the grassroots the church remains silent.

Noche Buena

Friday October 24, 2008
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 Yearly Examen

Friday October 24, 2008
Why don't we keep up with our resolutions? Maybe some reflection on the passing year will help us keep them this coming year!

On Epiphany

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

God in Haiti

Friday October 24, 2008
While many are asking about God's presence during tragedy, the people of God are moved to become the answer to the question.

King, Haiti, & the Colonized

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Best Intentions

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Saints Go Marching In!

Friday October 24, 2008
As I celebrate with fellow Louisianians I ask: What can the church do to inspire a city? To inspire a state?

Ash Wednesday Reflections

Friday October 24, 2008
As we gather today may the mark on our foreheads remind us that we can begin again.

Transformative People

Friday October 24, 2008
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?

No More Church Growth!

Friday October 24, 2008
What if the church stopped worrying about growing and instead became focused on proclamation?

Who Adds to Our Number?

Friday October 24, 2008
A response to No More Church Growth!

Who Do We Trust?

Friday October 24, 2008
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...

For I Was A Stranger . . .

Friday October 24, 2008
Personal thoughts on the Christian response to immigrants.

Louisiana Groans

Friday October 24, 2008
On the first day of Hurricane season the people of Louisiana prepare for disaster as it deals with one. How do we respond?

Packing Heat!

Friday October 24, 2008
A satirical response to concealed weapons in houses of worship.

Jesus on a Light Pole

Friday October 24, 2008
Musings about faithful discipleship as a call to love!

Busy!!

Friday October 24, 2008
After a gathering with other clergy members I left wondering if I was really too busy?

An All Saints Reflection

Friday October 24, 2008
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!

Captured By Gratitude

Friday October 24, 2008
On this thanksgiving week are we just going to say thanks or are we going to discover the joys of a life of gratitude?

Advent Awakening

Friday October 24, 2008
As we begin the season of Advent are we going to actively wait or rush and miss God with us?

An Aids Day Reflection

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Advent Preparation

Friday October 24, 2008
Today the Gospel calls us to repent! What kind of Advent preparation is that?

He Will Save His People

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Christmas Eve Worship

Friday October 24, 2008
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?

Around the Bible in 90 Days

Friday October 24, 2008
Reading the bible in 90 days and blogging about it!

Grief: Bible in 90

Friday October 24, 2008
As I read through II Samuel I'm struck by David's public display of grief at the death of his son Absalom.

House: Bible in 90

Friday October 24, 2008
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?

Sleeping god

Friday October 24, 2008
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 . . .

Names: Bible in 90

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Rebuild: Bible in 90

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Friends: Bible in 90

Friday October 24, 2008
As I read through Job I notice that real friends know when to stay silent,especially in times of tragedy.

Poor & Needy: Bible in 90

Friday October 24, 2008
What should be our response to the poor? The bible tells us time and time again, are we listening?

Biblical Erotica: Bible in 90

Friday October 24, 2008
A call for Christians to dialogue about sexuality as a part of our being made in God's image.

Reconciliation: An Ash Wednesday Reflection

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

No More Church Growth: A Year Later

Friday October 24, 2008
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?

Forced: Bible in 90 - Day 71

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Few Workers: Bible in 90 - Day 74

Friday October 24, 2008
We know Jesus is calling people to the harvest. What is the "harvest?" and Who's Jesus calling?

The Beginning of the End: A Palm Sunday Reflection

Friday October 24, 2008
As we begin this Holy Week, let us embrace the difficult journey that in the end leads to real resurrection.

Bin Laden's Death: A Response

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Rapture Fail

Friday October 24, 2008
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?

Leadership as "Space Making"

Friday October 24, 2008
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 Eyes that Have Cried

Friday October 24, 2008
A lament in light of #ferguson

Juan Huertas: Noche Buena

Friday October 24, 2008
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.

Television by The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas

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Facing Opposition - The Rev. Juan Huertas

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Juan Huertas joins us with a powerful message on facing those hurdles in life that so assuredly come along.