SERMON 2/28/21 Lent 2B. St. James OKC, OK

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 Discipleship is not easy!             Discipleship is not always an easy path to follow.  In today’s story, we hear about one of Jesus’ Apostles that was torn between his own agenda and the requirements of discipleship that Jesus demands.  Mark’s gospel records that Jesus “began to teach them that…

SERMON 1/31/21 Epiphany 4B St. Paul’s, Claremore, OK

Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28 Everyday Demons             In today’s gospel we hear Jesus exorcise the demon of affliction of a man.  “Jesus rebuked him (the demon), saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.”  Sometimes the demons…

SERMON Epiphany 3B 1/24/21 St. Michael’s, Norman OK

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:6-14; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 The Risks of Following Jesus             In 2005, right after a vestry meeting at my home church, where I served on vestry and as the treasurer, I was invited into the clergy’s office for a chat.  This kind of meeting with the clergy leadership was not unusual,…

SERMON 1/17/21 Epiphany 2B St Martin of Tours, Pryor OK

1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51Sharing our PassionMy late father and I loved airplanes. We loved all things aviation so much, that we shared that hobby and took flying lessons together. What started as a teenager’s past time and hobby became for me, an avocation that changed my life….

SERMON 1/10/21 Epiphany 1B St. Basil’s Episcopal Church, Talehquah, OK

Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 Baptism – Our Common Journey             2020 is behind us, or at least the numerical marker on the calendar indicates that this difficult year is past us.  However, the ongoing pandemic, the events of the past year, and the news of the first few weeks of the new year…

Christmas Eve 12/24/20 St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, OK

Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-14(15-20) Christmas Traditions Christmas includes so many wonderful traditions : decorating the tree, drinking eggnog, hanging stockings, unwrapping gifts, children waiting for Santa Claus, and all those awesome Christmas stories on television and the movies. This year’s (2020) Christmas celebrations and festivities will not be traditional to say…

SERMON 12/20/20 Advent 4, St. David’s Episcopal Church, OKC, OK

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 Parenthood Parenthood Almost 30 years ago in a hospital in Orlando, Florida in my own hands, I held a new life.  My daughter was an incredibly beautiful baby, and she is a beautiful young woman today.  She is a world traveler, a fine musician, and most of all,…

SERMON Advent 3B 12-13-20 St Paul’s Episcopal, Holdenville, OK

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28 In this the third week of Advent, John the Baptist is taking the spotlight again. Last week’s gospel expounded on John’s mission, but then this week, we hear the story once again. John was the prophet who was preparing the way for the arrival of…