Jesus said, “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name.” Occasionally I see a tv commercial for the First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls. When describing their service, there is mention of great praise music and an uplifting message from the pastor. When I read this Gospel passage, I thought to myself, “How ca...

Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” One of my favorite days occurred just recently. It was the last Friday in May. What day was it, you might ask? The last day of school! I have different reasons for liking that day now than I had many years ago. This year, the last day of school means that our street gets ver...

If you grew up in the North Texas area, you most likely went to Six Flags over Texas a time or two. Being from Ft. Worth, I went several times a year when I was young. One of my favorite rides was LaSalle’s Riverboat Ride. That was one of the original rides of the park, which opened in 1961, and it’s last trip was in 1982. LaSalle was a French explorer who traveled most of the major waterways of this country, and he called the Trinity River, t...

Pentecost Sunday
Sermon / June 4, 2017

On Pentecost Sunday, I attended service at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in order to hear Bp. Fanuel Magangani of Northern Malawi preach. He is such a Godly man, and it was a joy to listen to him. The Saturday before, the World Mission Committee member of the Malawi sub-committee met with the bishop for a day of prayer, reflection, and planning. We will be celebrating twenty years of partnership between our diocese and the Diocese of North...

He Has Ascended into Heaven
Sermon / May 28, 2017

This past Thursday was the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. It is a Principal Feast in our calendar, which means it ranks right up there with Easter and Christmas Day. In fact there are seven Principal Feasts listed in our calendar. Can you name them? Easter Day Ascension Day The Day of Pentecost Trinity Sunday Trinity Sunday All Saints’ Day Christmas Day The Eiphany Ascension Day is always the 40th day of Eastertide, and on...

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except by me.”
Sermon / May 14, 2017

“Thomas said to Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”… from the Gospel according to St. John. Sometime during my high school years, I started to rebel against what I saw as the Establishment, which mostly meant my father. I let my hair grow long, much to his chagrin, and...