Here Comes the Groom

November 15th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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Beatification Project

November 2nd, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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

Today, we are singing one of my favorite hymns.

The hymn is called, “Jerusalem, my happy home,” and it’s appropriate for this All Saints Sunday, the Sunday when we honor those who have found the eternal joy of the heavenly city of God.

The Gospel reading for All Saints gives a series of sayings of Jesus known as the “beatitudes.” This name comes from the Latin for the first word … Read More


Face to Face

October 22nd, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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Face to Face

October 19th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

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

Some Christians claim that every word in the Bible is “literally true.” Others claim that it is “inerrant”—that is, that it contains no errors. Our own branch of Christianity makes the less extreme but still substantial claim that the Bible contains “all things necessary for the health of one’s soul.”

Whatever we think about the Bible, our beliefs are likely to be challenged when we read the Old Testament Lesson … Read More


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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