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The Revival at Custer Road

Word is starting to get out about a special event we have coming to Custer Road at the end of this month, September 28-30: a Revival. Our guest preacher will be Robert E. Hayes, Jr., resident Bishop of the Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Indian Conferences. Bishop Hayes was the preacher at the Opening Worship of Annual Conference in 2013, and at the Ordination Service of Annual Conference in 2007 (held at Custer Road). Please make plans to join us for the worship services: 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, and 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings.
I have known Bishop Hayes for twenty years. I first met him at senior high church camp. I was a counselor, he was the Houston Southwest District Superintendent. We sat across the table from one another at breakfast. I immediately found him engaging, funny, and a lively spirit. Later that summer, I attended the Walk to Emmaus. On those three days away from my work and ministry (I was a part-time youth director and a full-time History te…

The Face of Evil

Today marks the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks on our country (read my sermon from the tenth anniversary, Sunday, September 11, 2011, here). Many friends have changed their Facebook profile pictures to images from that day, or like the one above, from our recent trip to New York City. #NeverForget, #911Anniversary, #Remember911, and #September11 are all trending on Twitter. It's a day forever etched into our national memory.

Today, the face of evil has a new name: ISIS, or ISIL. They are terrorists, perhaps more evil than the ones who attacked the US (the group was even condemned by Al Qeada for its brutality). We have all been horrified and saddened by the very public beheadings of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Both were men of faith: Foley a Christian and Sotloff a Jew. Following these killings and many more innocents, folk began calling upon President Obama to respond. I saw many posts from folk angry about what they perceived was post…