Praying for Good Weather

August 25th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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Bad Apples

July 22nd, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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Bad Apples

July 20th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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

“One bad apple spoils the barrel.”

I grew up on an apple orchard that had been planted by my great-grandfather. I worked there sometimes as a boy and I also worked in another orchard a few miles away that belonged to my grandfather.

So I had personal experience of the truth of this maxim. If you have apples in a crate together and a small patch of decay appears in … Read More


Grounded

July 15th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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Grounded

July 13th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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

People have very different reactions when they confront the claims of Christianity.  Not everyone who enters the doors of a church has the same experience.

Some of these reactions to Christian faith are portrayed in today’s Second Lesson. In this text, Jesus tells a story about a farmer who plants seeds.

Some seeds fall on the path alongside the field; these seeds aren’t really planted and so they are eaten … Read More


Priorities

June 20th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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Priorities

June 15th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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

I make this resolution every summer.

When many members of Incarnation are away on vacation, and parish groups are taking a break, I have more unscheduled time.  So I promise myself that I will use some of my extra time to clean out my office!

I will sort old files, and I’ll give away surplus books, and I’ll throw out papers that are no longer needed.  In general, I’ll try … Read More


Activation Fees

June 8th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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

If you buy a new phone, you will need to pay what is called, an “activation fee.”

The fee compensates your phone company for connecting you to their network. After you pay it, you are free to use your phone to call whomever you want.

Now the Feast of Pentecost, which we’re observing today is a celebration of the many ways that Christians are “activated.” We have been given the … Read More


“Anxiety Prone”

June 1st, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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

 We know from church history that the disciples of Jesus did great things after he died.

 They preached the Gospel in many foreign lands. They established a number of new congregations. They thought of new ways to understand the message of Jesus.

 The apostles’ achievements are all the more impressive, given that they remained human beings! Human beings with all the frailty and vulnerability that Read More


Nurture Preserve

May 13th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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