SERMON 10/11/20 Pentecost 19 A Proper 23, St. John’s, Norman, OK

Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14 Dressed to Party             As a Chaplain and officer in the USAF Auxiliary, one of the things my wife Terri and I love to do is get dressed up and attend the formal banquets at training conferences.  At the culmination of these events, an awards banquet is held at…

SERMON 10/4/20 Pentecost 18A Proper 21 St John’s OKC, OK.

Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-14; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 Bearing Fruit             My wife Terri and I usually plant herbs and tomato plants that we nibble on throughout the year.  A few years ago at our home in Florida, we planted a tomato vine in our tiny herb garden.  We did everything we thought possible to insure our plant…

SERMON 9-27-20 Proper 21 Pentecost 17A, St. Luke’s, Bartlesville, OK

Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32   Are You Saved? In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he writes “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”  Some folks get…

SERMON 9-20-20 Pentecost 16A, Proper 20, St. Paul’s Clinton, OK

Liminal Places The 1983 blockbuster movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation” portrayed the adventures of a unique American family and their summer road trip vacation.  In the film, this Midwestern, suburban family led by Frank Griswold, (played by Chevy Chase) made a cross-country journey to “Wally World,” a fictional theme park that seemed a lot like a…

SERMON 9/6/20 Labor Day Service – Diocese of Oklahoma

Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20             “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.”  Have you noticed how maybe this scripture should be a part of the user agreement…

SERMON Easter 6A 5-17-20 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL

Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:7-18; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21 Peter Pan – Reluctant Disciple In 1991, Robin Williams played a unique role (Peter Pan) in the blockbuster hit “Hook.”   This version of the story of Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinker Bell, and the orphaned “Lost Boys” is one of my favorites.  The movie features Peter Pan…