“Witness Protection”

April 19th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. Lk 24

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

 “You are witnesses of these things.”

 So Jesus says to his disciples during one of his appearances to them after his resurrection. The term, “witness” came to be a kind of code word for the evangelism of Christians. Because they had seen the Risen Christ with their own eyes, they were able to testify to God’s miraculous work.

 And the Greek word for “witness” is Read More


“Witness Protection”

April 19th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“That’s Life”

April 5th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“That’s Life”

April 5th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

Easter 2015

Mk. 16.1-8 

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

Once in a while, you hear the Frank Sinatra song, “That’s Life.”

The song’s enduring popularity is probably due to the gritty toughness of the lyrics—a toughness Sinatra himself personified. For example, the song begins:

 “That’s life, that’s what all the people say.

You’re ridin’ high in April, shot down in May.”

And the famous refrain of the song reminds us of the need Read More


“Signs of Victory”

March 29th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“Signs of Victory”

March 29th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. Homily—Palm Sunday15

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

 After the cold snowy winter we just endured in our region of the country, it’s nice to think of palm trees!

 It’s nice to imagine palm trees swaying in a soft, warm breeze, alongside a sandy beach and the blue ocean. Palm trees make us in the Northeast think of a peaceful vacation, far away from the stresses of urban life.

 Now the events that Read More


“The Troubled Soul of Jesus”

March 22nd, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“The Troubled Soul of Jesus”

March 22nd, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. Heb5.5-10/Jn12.20-33

 In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

 Does God really care?

 Children are fitted with suicide bombs. Drug gangs shoot innocent bystanders. Airplanes crash.

 All this happens in a world that “the Lord hath made.” However sure we are of our faith, we find the many apparent imperfections of God’s world disturbing.

 But so did the Son of God! As his ministry became more popular, Jesus found himself threatened by both Read More


“Uplifting”

March 15th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. Num.21/Jn.3

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

 After the fall of the Soviet Union, many statues of the cruel dictator, Josef Stalin, were torn down. When Saddam Hussein was removed from power in Iraq, a giant image of him in the center of Baghdad was destroyed.

 Countries run by powerful leaders often have such statues erected in public spaces. They are intended to make it very clear who is in charge. Their symbolic power Read More


“The Best of Both Worlds”

March 1st, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley