SERMON 11/1/20 All Saint’s Day, St. Matthew’s, Enid, OK

Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10,22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 All Saints  Today, we commemorate All Saints Day; remembering our place in the Communion of Saints.  Wikipedia defines the Communion of Saints as “the spiritual union of the members of the Christian Church, living and the dead. They are all part of a single “mystical body”, with…

SERMON 10/25/20 Pentecost 21A, St. Bede’s, Cleveland, OK

Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18; Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46 Tripping Up your Opponent Have you noticed how today, you cannot watch television for more than thirty minutes, without seeing election ads for every elected office, each political party, and every divisive issue out there. Policy makers on both sides of the aisle are finding little…

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…