The Sermon in my pocket

06 Dec

 Working on military monuments and sculptures, I talk with service members I encounter to learn more about their stories. One of the small details of military culture I’m learning about is the challenge coin. These are special coins given by units or individuals to other service members when they have served together.

Challenge coins

They are presented in a hand shake; few words exchanged; everyone just understands. Everyone in the military knows about the coins and most will always have one close at hand. So, I created a coin to give when I want to express gratitude to a member of our military.

It is received well every time I “coin” someone unexpectedly.


In my work as a sculptor I am surrounded by people who understand the meaning of service. My sculptures primarily fall into two categories, Military and Faith. So, it seems appropriate that my clients whose service is expressed through their faith should have a coin as well. The most impacting piece I have created for my Faith line of sculptures is “The Calling”; Christ calling Peter to leaves his nets and follow Him. Early on, I thought about this image as appropriate for those who are in full time Christian service. “The Calling” was something I had heard about; growing up the son of a pastor. I now understand that the calling of Christ is for all of us, not only for the ordained.
Coin 2

“The Calling…my life is my answer” seemed to be the best words to capture the idea that it is more than the moment where I may have said “yes”. It is how we live every day of our lives that is really our answer.

On the reverse I placed words to encourage. “Stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” The hands in the center are actually mine; sculpting the clay. They represent two truths. The first is that every day we shape what our lives will become through our choices, the work of hands, and our answer to His calling. The second truth is that we are sculpted by our creator when we allow Him to shape and mold us.
Coin 3 copy

My desire for the coin is that we will carry it. Every time you reach for your keys or some change, mixed in with the busyness of the day will be this small bronze sermon. You will be reminded again of His calling and be encouraged to stand firm in the faith; be courageous and strong.

Coin edge
The final detail on the “Calling Coin” is found on the edge; easy to overlook. The words of Isaiah, “Here am I; send Me”, are a simple reminder that we must always remember “The Calling” in every moment, in every encounter, and in every place.


Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Uncategorized


14 responses to “The Sermon in my pocket

  1. Steve Stearman

    December 6, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Thanks. This puts it all in perspective. Love it.

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Kelley L.

    December 6, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Strong pieces for strong calling. I admire this line of symbolic coins, Scott. Awesome.

  3. Paul Krueger

    December 6, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Brother, I have a few close warriors in the battle to set men free from themselves and sin. How much would it cost to get 6 coins? Thanks,

    From: Scott Stearman <> Reply-To: Scott Stearman <> Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 02:50:07 +0000 To: Paul Krueger <> Subject: [New post] The Sermon in my pocket

    scottstearmanstudio posted: ” Working on military monuments and sculptures, I talk with service members I encounter to learn more about their stories. One of the small details of military culture I’m learning about is the challenge coin. These are special coins given by units or i”

  4. Patty Showalter

    December 6, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Are these available to purchase? Have always loved and admired your work. God bless you.
    Patty Showalter

  5. Teri @

    December 6, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Beautiful images, compelling & inspiring message. YOUR LIFE is a sermon, my brother.
    So deeply grateful for you!!!!

  6. TeriMiller

    December 6, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Beautiful images, inspiring & compelling words!
    YOUR LIFE is a sermon, my brother, of hope, encouragement, life!!!
    So grateful for you!

  7. JamesWoosley (@jameswoosley)

    December 6, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Honored to have The Calling coin, first from Chuck Bowen and then from your pocket. It is by far the best looking coin I’ve ever seen (and I saw a lot in the military). Thanks Scott!

  8. adina

    December 6, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Beautiful, Scotty. Well put, as always. You obviously have a gift for sculpting, but you also clearly have a gift with words.

  9. Chet Jacobs

    December 6, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks for this Scott, i have neen thinking obout alot lately. I then open my email and there you are. Very inspiring.
    I hope you carry a coin to remind you that there are many, many people who love and care for you.

  10. Vickie Stearman

    December 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Love it, Scott. It’s a great reminder of what we are all called to do.

  11. Trisha Cannella

    December 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    WOW…I feel so blessed that the Lord has placed our path’s together Scott. You and your wife inspire me and are amazing encouragers whose kindness touches many lives. Thank you for allowing the light of our Lord shine through your hearts and your hands.

  12. Kevin Miller

    December 30, 2013 at 3:03 am

    I love the coin and how it communicates your message. It communicates YOU so well. So honored to call you friend and brother and see your voice and reach expand.


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