Face to Face

October 22nd, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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Forgettable

October 6th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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“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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“Jesus the Libertarian”

August 17th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

 

Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

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

I begin with some words of Jesus that we just heard—words that seem to go against the grain of our culture today: “Listen and understand. Jesus says: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.”

Now we Americans seem to worry most about “what goes into the mouth.” We worry Read More


“Praying for Good Weather”

August 10th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

 

Matthew 14:22-33

 

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

In our church, we clergy don’t choose the Bible texts that we preach about.

Instead, liturgical scholars draw up what is called a “lectionary” that assigns the lessons to be read on each Sunday in the church year. The results are then approved by a convention of the Episcopal Church.

But even though I had nothing to do with selecting today’s Gospel, I would say that Read More