Face to Face

October 22nd, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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Treated Like Royalty

October 12th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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

Years ago, when I was studying in London, my first wife was invited to a garden party as the guest of a friend. My wife learned that the Queen Mother was going to be present at the party.

At the time, it was quite a big deal to be in the presence of royalty. I imagine it would still be a big deal today. My wife had to wear a … Read More


Forgettable

October 6th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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Forgettable

October 5th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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

At the beginning of his career, Sigmund Freud had to battle many skeptics who challenged his theories of psychoanalysis.

One of the most controversial of Freud’s views was the idea that some mental illnesses derived from repressed memories of traumatic events that happened in childhood. A man might not be able to remember being cruelly punished as a child, — but his psychological fears and obsessions were evidence that something … Read More


“Divine 311″

September 21st, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

Ex 13/Mt 20

 

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

 New York City not only has a phone number you can call in an emergency: 911. It also has a number that you can call with complaints that aren’t life-or-death but still merit the attention of our municipal government.

For example, New Yorkers can call 311 if a streetlight in their neighborhood has gone out, or their landlord hasn’t turned on the heat in the Read More


Belonging

September 16th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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In the Flesh

September 16th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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“Belonging”

September 14th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

 

Romans

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

The Church of England is organized according to an ancient system. The whole of England is divided up into geographical areas called “parishes.” Each area has its own church. Thus, every resident of England has a place to worship.

Anglicans may decide that they would prefer to attend a church in a neighboring town, and they are free to do that. But generally they stick close to home. Read More


“In the Flesh”

September 7th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

Romans 13:8-14

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

“Make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”

This text seems to be one of those Bible sayings that isn’t followed!  Think of  celebrities and all the provisions they make for their flesh—think of all the ways they satisfy the desires of their bodies. Think of all their indulgences that so often lead not to pleasure but to failed relationships and tragic addictions.

Yet, despite the … Read More


Praying for Good Weather

August 25th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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