“Atheists in the Bible”

July 26th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. Psalm 14/Ephesians 3

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

 A recent poll has gotten a lot of church leaders worried.

 The poll by the Pew Research Center claims that the percentage of Americans who don’t profess any faith or who claim to be atheists has increased dramatically in the last few years.

 Researchers were surprised to learn that 23% of our citizens classify themselves as not believing in any religion. The percentage of Read More


“Atheists in the Bible”

July 26th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“Object Lesson”

July 12th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“Object Lesson”

July 12th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19

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

 Some of you may remember the old movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

 If you have ever seen the film, you will have some context for understanding the  strange text that we heard read earlier today.

 The movie stars Harrison Ford; it’s about his search for a sacred cabinet called, “the Ark of the Covenant.” In the film, the Ark contains Read More


“Thomas Southworth”

July 7th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

         

            Tom Southworth never went to funerals.

             I don’t know why—maybe he didn’t want to be reminded of death. Maybe he preferred to grieve in his own way.

             So I hesitated to talk with him about his own funeral. And, I admit, I didn’t want to think about it myself. Anyway, Tom’s funeral is here. God Read More


“Thomas Southworth”

July 7th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“Marching as to War”

July 5th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

Rom. 8:12-17

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

             100 years ago, Europe was in the midst of the Great War – the First World War. I myself never served in the armed forces. I can only imagine what it must be like to fight for one’s country in battle.

             I can only imagine, for example, what my grandfather had to endure in Read More


“Marching as to War”

July 5th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“Who Made Death?”

June 28th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24

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

 Last Sunday evening, my brother and I sat by the bedside of our mother as she reached the end of her long life.

 Although she had been suffering from dementia and many other effects of Alzheimer’s Disease for years, and she had reached the stage where speaking of “quality of life” would have been a joke, her death was still a blow to Read More


“Who Made Death?”

June 28th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley