“Really”

August 16th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. Jn. 6.51-58

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

 The words of today’s Gospel are familiar to regular churchgoers. They are repeated in one form or another every time the bread and wine of the Eucharist are shared.

 Yet to someone hearing them for the first time, these words could be shocking. “Jesus said, ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven…the bread that I will give for the life of the Read More


“Really”

August 16th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“A River in Egypt”

August 2nd, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a

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

 We aren’t the best judges of ourselves. As the old joke reminds us!  “Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.”

 Besides being a river, “Denial” is delusion about ourselves – delusion that we cling to with all our hearts. A woman believes that she’s always the life of the party. In reality, her constant craving for attention and awkward jokes make the people around her Read More


“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