SERMON 4/25/21 Easter 4B, Grace Episcopal Church, Muskogee, OK

   Acts 4:5-12 ; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24 ; John 10:11-18 Sheep Behavior            The early followers of Jesus wrestled with understanding who Jesus was, who they were as an emerging community, and they struggled with WHOSE they were.  Jesus used a metaphor about the Good Shepherd and the vocation of shepherding, to explain that relationship.  Sheep …

SERMON -Celebration of New Ministry Easter 3A 4/18/21 St. Paul’s, Claremore, OK

Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48 Hope in the midst of troubles, disappointments, and fear               Over the last two Sundays, the lectionary has had us exploring Jesus’ resurrection and the events of the aftermath of that event.  We have been studying faith and hope in the midst of troubles, disappointments, and fear, and …

SERMON Easter 2B 4/11/21 Celebration of New Ministry, St. Basil’s Tahlequah, OK

Acts 4:32-35 ; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31             "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." We all have had doubts.  I am sure that at least once in our lives, …

SERMON Palm Sunday 4/11/19 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Coalgate, OK

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 22:14-23:56 Drama of the Palms             One of my favorite parts of Holy Week has always been Palm Sunday.  I remember as a child, the Palms and how excited I was to wave them as we walked into the church.  I loved how my Mother showed me how to convert the …

SERMON 3/21/21 Lent 5B, All Saint’s Episcopal Church, Miami, OK

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-13; Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33 We wish to see Jesus             “Sir, we wish to see JESUS!”  There is a very interesting event going on today in today's Gospel reading.  Hungry "wanna be" converts were looking for the Bread of Life -  Jesus.  They were people outside the Jewish community, who were coming to Jesus' …

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 https://youtu.be/bLvTY_CRPgk 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 …