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’s Gospel Reading Is…, Proper 10 (A) – 2008

July 13, 2008

Today’s gospel reading is very familiar – the parable of the four soils. Many of us learned it in Sunday school. Millions enjoyed the graphic enactment of the parable in […]

Many of Us Hearing…, Lent 5 (A) – 2008

March 09, 2008

Many of us hearing today’s Old Testament reading from Ezekiel – that rich and vivid story about the valley of dry bones – instantly remember the words of a song […]

Reading Deathbed Quotations…, Maundy Thursday – 2007

April 05, 2007

Reading deathbed quotations can provide information and amusement, bewilderment, and boredom. Seldom, though, do famous last words produce meaning and inspiration. Such is not the case with Jesus, however. Commonly, […]

It Is Hard to Hear…, Proper 28 (C) – 2007

November 18, 2007

It is hard to hear today’s epistle without recalling Aesop’s fable about the grasshopper and the ants. Thinking about the fun-loving grasshopper who showed up at the hard-working ants’ door, […]

Last December…, Proper 7 (C) – 2007

June 24, 2007

Last December, after a Fort Worth, Texas, policeman was killed in the line of duty, his family spent a gut-wrenching week, planning and attending the funeral and having many conversations […]

Think About Filling…, Easter 5 (C) – 2007

May 06, 2007

Think about filling up a cup with water. You can fill it only so far, right? Once it has been filled to the brim, what happens when you try to […]

Joining the Saints, Epiphany 6 (C) – 2007

February 11, 2007

Consider your condition in life. Are you relatively well off financially? Are you secure, with an abundance of material possessions? Do you often eat out, sometimes in expensive restaurants? Do […]

Today’s Gospel Reading Is the Story…, The Transfiguration – 2006

August 06, 2006

Today’s gospel reading is the story of the Transfiguration. Six months from now we will hear this same lesson on the last Sunday of Epiphany, just as six month’s ago […]

Everybody Knows That Oysters…, Advent 4 (B) – 2005

December 18, 2005

Why Mary for the mother of God? Why Mary? Mary was apparently an ordinary person. She was not rich or wellborn. Wasn’t she an unlikely representative of humankind to give […]

We Have Learned to Embrace God…, Christ the King (A) – 2005

November 20, 2005

We have learned to embrace God as all-loving, all-caring, and all-forgiving. On this Christ the King Sunday we might imagine God as a the ultimate benevolent ruler—one who takes care […]

Long Ago…, Proper 18 (A) – 2005

September 04, 2005

Long ago the great Anglican priest and poet John Donne reminded us that, “no man is an island, entire unto himself.” For centuries we have considered a person living totally […]

Sometimes Thinking…, Proper 13 (A) – 2005

July 31, 2005

Sometimes thinking in the Episcopal Church is too sophisticated. Sometimes, we tend to miss simple truths, stated plainly and simply. How many of us would feel comfortable in a congregation […]

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