Ken Kesselus

The Rev. Ken Kesselus, author of John E. Hines: Granite on Fire (Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, 1995), is retired from full-time, active ministry and lives with his wife, Toni, in his native home, Bastrop, Texas.

Sermons and Bible Studies

Today Is the Day, Easter Day (B) – 2015

April 05, 2015

Can you image that celebrating Easter might bring danger for most of us? The danger comes from our knowing in advance the outcome of the drama – that Jesus rose […]

Defeating the Beasts in Our Personal Wilderness, Lent 1 (B) – 2015

February 22, 2015

The gospel writer Mark uses his initial words to move the reader very quickly into the story of Jesus. In 11 brief verses, we see Jesus in three critical settings. […]

An Undeserved Gift, Proper 20 (A) – 2014

September 21, 2014

How long have you been a member of this church? Or are you a first-timer? Look around. How long do you think those sitting near you have been members of […]

Recalling the Resurrected Jesus, Easter 3 (A) – 2014

May 04, 2014

It is hard to understand how two faithful disciples of Jesus could have traveled with him, side by side, without recognizing him. Maybe disappointment blinded their eyes and their hearts […]

Fly Fishing for Christ, Epiphany 3 (A) – 2014

January 26, 2014

Sometimes landlubbers venture onto water in a boat with a “do-everything” professional guide. Country folk might view this as people “calling themselves ‘fishing.’” This kind of fishing includes little, if […]

Made Whole by Faith…, Proper 23 (C) – 2013

October 13, 2013

Throughout the chapters of the Gospel of Luke previous to today’s reading, the Evangelist again and again and again presents the Good News through telling stories. He illustrates a series […]

All of Us Part…, Proper 6 (C) – 2013

June 16, 2013

Jesus had a marvelous way of confronting people who held worldly beliefs, by turning their views upside down, shaking them out, so his listeners could understand the deeper realities of […]

Us and Them, Feast of the Epiphany – 2013

January 06, 2013

Today we pass out of the Christmas season, beyond the simplicity of Luke’s story of a humble birth with angels and shepherds, and beyond John’s exquisite message of the Word […]

Who Is Jesus? Proper 19 (B) – 2012

September 16, 2012

Who is Jesus? Have you ever been asked that question? Have you asked it of yourself? Or does this seem like nonsense? It would seem natural to think that after […]

Size Can Be Deceiving, Proper 6 (B) – 2012

June 17, 2012

Jared Fogel became a familiar figure on television by revealing his dramatic weight loss through selectively eating Subway sandwiches. The national fast-food chain, however, has a current advertizing campaign, boasting […]

The Hour Has Come for the Son of Man to Be Glorified, Lent 5 (B) – 2012

March 25, 2012

In today’s gospel reading we gain a glimpse of Jesus reacting with two of his disciples. Philip and Andrew came to tell him that some Greeks had arrived asking to […]

Bow at the Name of Jesus, Holy Name Day – 2012

January 02, 2012

We know very little about Jesus’ childhood. There is nothing in Mark or John. From Matthew, we learn that an angel told Joseph to name Mary’s child “Jesus, for he […]

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