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
Todayâs gospel reading is very familiar â 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 todayâs Old Testament reading from Ezekiel â that rich and vivid story about the valley of dry bones â instantly remember the words of a song […]
It is hard to hear todayâs epistle without recalling Aesopâs fable about the grasshopper and the ants. Thinking about the fun-loving grasshopper who showed up at the hard-working antsâ door, […]
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 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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Todayâs 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 monthâs ago […]
Why Mary for the mother of God? Why Mary? Mary was apparently an ordinary person. She was not rich or wellborn. Wasnât she an unlikely representative of humankind to give […]
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 rulerâone who takes care […]
Long ago the great Anglican priest and poet John Donne reminded us that, âno man is an island, entire unto himself.â For centuries we have considered a person living totally […]
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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