Contents in Sermons

  • How Did We Get from There to Here & Where Are We Going?

    This a sermon preached at a Vesper Service on January 29, 2015 at Epworth Villa, the retirement village in Oklahoma City to which Sarah and I moved in April 2012.

  • On Being Identified as Ambassadors for Christ


    This is a sermon preached at the ordination of our youngest daughter, Verity Augusta Jones, at a joint service of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ in Colchester, CT on March 25, 1995. I just recently rediscovered the text amidst some old floppy disks that I am trying to update in order to transfer to my new computer. Verity is now Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. The sermon expresses themes essential to my understanding of the church and its ordained ministry.

  • World Communion Sunday: Why?

    A sermon preached on October 7, 2012 on the occasion of World Communion Sunday at Southern Hills Christian Church, Edmond, OK, the Reverend Dr. Gary Byrkit, pastor. Sarah and I have become members of this congregation since moving to Oklahoma City in May. This posting has been delayed due to some technical problems encountered in getting the post in correct form and sent on time.

  • A King Riding on Colt toward a Cross

    A Palm Sunday sermon preached at First Christian Church, Tulsa, OK, March 28, 2010, as part of The Roy Griggs Lectureship.

  • The Priestly Ministry of Teaching the Faith

    [A sermon preached at the ordination of Edward Mulligan into the Priesthood of the Episcopal Church on January 21, 2007 in the Salisbury School Chapel, Salisbury Connecticut.]

  • Behold, The Lamb of God

    [A sermon preached in Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School on October 25.2005. At time I was Visiting Professor of Theology at Yale.]

  • Jesus, the Family, and the Summons of the Kingdom

    [A sermon preached on June 26, 2005 at St. Paul UMC in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Posted here 7/6/05. Published in Encounter, vol. 67, no. 2 [Spring 2006] pp. 199-206.]

  • Jesus, the Incarnate Word: Grace upon Grace

    [This sermon was preached January 2, 2005 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Muskogee, OK, the Reverend Kevin Tully pastor. Posted here 1/3/05]

  • Freedom: Freedom from What? Freedom for What?

    [A slightly revised sermon preached on July 4, 2004 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Posted here 7/9/04.]

  • Old and New Habits of Mind and Heart

    [A sermon preached at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma on December 28, 2003. Posted here 1/5/04. Published in Encounter, Vol. 65, No. 4 (Autumn 2004), pp. 403-411.]

  • A Gospel Homily for a Memorial Service for Jerry Bob Snow

    [Preached in Wagoner, Oklahoma on December 20, 2003. Posted here 1/5/03]

  • What Sort of People Dare to Ordain for Ministry in These Troubled Times?

    This ordination sermon for Janet Hoover was preached on July 20, 2003 Tuxedo Park Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • Of Human Longing and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

    [The following sermon was preached in the Mayflower Congregational UCC Church’s Distinguished Pulpit Series in Oklahoma City on August 4, 2002. Dr. Robin Meyers is the pastor. Slightly edited herein]

  • A Homily at the Funeral for Angela Faulkner

    [This homily was preached on April 10, 2002 in Enid, Oklahoma. Angela was twenty-three years old when she died in a one-car accident on the dark night of April 5th. Over the years I have urged students and ministers to separate the homily from the eulogy/biography phases of the funeral or memorial service. The narrative character of the eulogy is the place where the deceased’s life is properly celebrated and, when appropriate, showered with encomia. The homily, on the other hand, is directed to the gathered community and properly aims at the proclamation of the Gospel as it throws light on the sobering reality of death, grief, bewilderment, and hope. In Angela’s service, my wife, Sarah Jones, Angie’s school counselor in high school, had previously delivered the eulogy.]

  • Teaching Sound Doctrine and Itching Ears

    [An ordination sermon for Susan Fritz-Kent preached in Allisonville Christian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 14, 2001]

  • Whose Temple Is It Anyway?

    [A sermon preached in Sweeney Chapel at Christian Theological Seminary in the Spring of 2000 just prior to my retirement the following June. Published in Encounter, vol. 63, no. 2 [Winter/Spring, 2001], pp. 183-88. Slightily edited herein. Posted here 12/1/04.]