“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

“Horatio’s Philosophy”

June 21st, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. Mk4:35-41

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

 This year, I’ve been reading a long commentary on the Gospel of St. Mark that a friend gave me for my birthday last winter. The writer of the commentary deals with the many passages in the book about miracles, such as the text I just read.

 So, in today’s Gospel, Jesus performs what scholars term, a “nature miracle.” Jesus shows his power over the forces of Read More


“Horatio’s Philosophy”

June 21st, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“Looking for the Spark”

June 7th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. IICor4.13/Mk3.20

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

 The Book of the Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church permits two forms of baptism.

 Children or adults can have a few drops of water sprinkled on their foreheads. Or they can be completely immersed in a tank of water.

 The overwhelming majority of our christenings follow the first procedure, which is also the usual custom in Catholic churches and most Protestant churches.

 A very Read More


“Looking for the Spark”

June 7th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

The Christian God is Good

June 1st, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

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

As we know all too well from the nightly news, many Muslims consider Christianity to be blasphemous.

They believe that our religion insults God—we insult the divine being that Muslims call, “Allah.”

Now there are many factors that have contributed to this conviction that Christians worship a false God. Western social customs and values conflict with the traditions practiced in Muslim countries. Different ideas about the relationship between men and … Read More


The Christian God is Good

May 31st, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

SPIRIT FROM FLESH

May 24th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

I once attended a wedding reception where I got into a conversation with a woman who was a staunch member of the Church of England.  The woman’s biggest complaint about her church was that she felt preachers there went too far out of their way to give positive sermons!

There’s too much ‘up’” she said.  “There’s not enough ‘down’”.

I must say that while … Read More


Spirit from Flesh

May 24th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley