Monthly Archives: August 2009

I’d Rather Eat Ice Cream

During these final days of August the weather here in Oklahoma has been spectacular. The grass is still green because of the frequent rains and the temperature has struggled to reach the lower 90’s. Pleasant breezes greet us each morning and evening with only the occasional thunderstorm in the night to keep us awake. Students have headed back to school and the Labor Day weekend is almost here. There is so much work to be done everywhere I turn, but I’d rather eat ice cream.

Our recent homemade ice cream social at the church reminded me how much I have missed ice cream. Back when I was young and thin I enjoyed a bowl of ice cream nearly every night. Now I take vitamins and pills. I’d rather eat ice cream.

We had five wonderful ice creams to sample at our social. Each flavor prepared with much care and thought. The enthusiastic crowd wasted little time in tasting, re-tasting, and tasting again the diverse menu before us. It took us 30 minutes of eating ice cream before we were ready to start deciding the best flavors of the evening. I’d rather eat the ice cream than try to pick my favorites. But we persevered.

The flavors were Strawberry, Blueberry Peach, Orange Pineapple Sherbet, Hazelnut Coffee and German Chocolate. Only a couple of votes separated all of the choices, with first place becoming a tie between the Strawberry and the Orange Pineapple.

So now it’s back to work: school work, house work, yard work, church work, jobs, chores, to do’s, exercise—the list is very long. Also there is the spiritual work of caring for our own souls and the souls of others, mending torn and broken relationships, forgiveness, commitment, visits, healing and generosity. At the end of a long day I think I just might have a bowl of that Orange Pineapple. It sounds pretty good!

Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Eat some ice cream. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.

The Ice Cream Recipes:

Strawberry Ice Cream by Connie Gillis

4 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 big can Milnot

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix in large bowl.

Blend 2 lbs strawberries with 1 cup sugar until a puree is formed; put through strainer into above mixture.

Pour mixture into freezer canister; fill to line with milk and stir.

Freeze according to your ice cream maker instructions.

Makes 4 quarts.

Note:  This ice cream is even better after being in the freezer for a few hours.

Orange Pineapple Sherbet by Bro Darryl

One 2-liter bottle of Orange Soda (chilled)

One small can of crushed pineapple, use all of the juice

One can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk

Mix in the ice cream maker. Enjoy the refreshing treat.

Blueberry Peach Ice Cream by Bryan Enos

2 cups – Milk

1¾ cups– Sugar

½ teaspoon – Salt

2 cups– Half & Half

1 Tablespoon– Vanilla Extract

4 cups– Whipping Cream

1 cup – Blueberries

2 – Peaches, sliced

Blend all ingredients in a blender thoroughly.  Refrigerate for an hour before freezing (in an ice cream maker). Makes 4 quarts. The trick to getting a good consistency with homemade ice cream is to freeze it at least 24 hours before serving.

Hazelnut Coffee Ice Cream by Rhonda Justus

  • 3 cups light cream
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut syrup
  • 1/2 cup cold strong coffee
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Scald light cream while blending in sugar. Add slowly over beaten eggs and blend thoroughly. Cook while stirring on top of a double boiler until thickened, and chill.

Next add the cooled coffee, salt, and whipping cream. With either electric or hand-operated ice cream freezer, use churning instruction with the freezer. Begin churning in the freezer. When almost frozen, add vanilla and Kahlua. The finished ice cream will be of a soft-serve consistency until hardened in a freezer.

German Chocolate Ice Cream by Rhonda Justus

4 oz. German Chocolate, melted
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
½ cup sweetened flaked coconut
½ cup toasted chopped pecans

Melt the chocolate in the microwave on MEDIUM or in the top of a double boiler. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine half-and-half, milk and sugar. Cook until bubbles form around the edge and mixture is warm to the touch. Whisk eggs in a small bowl and slowly add several spoonfuls of hot milk mixture to eggs to gradually warm them. Add eggs to saucepan and continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly.

Mixture will thicken slightly and reach a temperature of 160 degrees on a candy thermometer. Stir in warm melted chocolate and vanilla. Place the saucepan in a bowl of cold or ice water to cool the mixture. Pour through a strainer into a blender, cover and process until well combined. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to freeze. Pour into the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for freezing. Just before the ice cream is completely frozen, stir in coconut and pecans. Mix a little longer to combine ingredients. Makes about 1 quart.

BONUS:  Root Beer Float Ice Cream

One 2-liter bottle of Root Beer, chilled

One can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk

Mix in the ice cream maker and enjoy.

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Will Rogers High School

Oklahoma’s most famous humorist, Will Rogers was born 130 years ago this November. Following his tragic death in Alaska in 1935, the Tulsa School Board authorized the naming of its newest and grandest high school after him. This September marks the 70th anniversary of the opening of Tulsa’s Will Rogers Senior High School. Historical, guided tours of the school are being held for the public. The big celebration week starts on September 14 with a picnic and concludes with lots of special presentations the evening of September 18 in the school auditorium. For more information call Pam Lundy at (918) 746-6411.


Last week a group of us met at our church with eight teachers, counselors and community resource leaders to explore ways our church can further partner with the school to address some of the needs in the Hispanic community. English language classes for students and their families are a top concern. On Sunday afternoon 103 people representing 10 of our neighborhood churches joined us as we walked and prayed throughout the hallways of the school.  This week our church hosted our annual Start of School Faculty/Staff Luncheon on campus.

We have been seeking to bring the presence of Christ into the hearts and lives of the students as well as the faculty and staff at Will Rogers High since the 1990-91 school year. We have been a continuous Partner in Education since that time. Our number one commitment does not cost any money—we commit to pray for the school every day. Praying for the school does mean that we must practice this spiritual discipline each day. I seek to pray for the students and their families, the teachers, counselors, coaches, the principal, the administrators, the superintendent and the school board. It is not easy. It takes spiritual commitment. Will you join me in this effort?

Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Pray for our public schools. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.


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Baptist Diversity as Unity

Let’s celebrate Baptist diversity. The recently concluded Midwest Regional Meeting of the New Baptist Covenant (NBC) did just that. The paradox of diversity as unity was presented in all of its glory. The example of the beetle was used by one speaker. There are over 60,000 different kinds of known beetles in our world. That’s a lot of diversity for one insect. As the speaker said, “There are almost that many kinds of Baptists!”

My take is that somehow, through well-intentioned teaching and preaching, the concept of unity as diversity in the Body of Christ became a concept of uniformity of doctrine, cultural practice, and/or sociological philosophy. Thus we lionize our emphasized positions and demonize the different. Part of the stated goal of the New Baptist Covenant was to dialog and find common ministry on the things with which we agree.

The website provides the video casts of the various speakers. Let me highlight some of the program. Former President Jimmy Carter addressed the heart and vision of the NBC during the Friday afternoon session. His remarks were preceded by Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry sharing his spiritual journey as a Baptist. The Rev. Major Jemison, of Oklahoma City’s St John Missionary Baptist Church, followed President Carter’s remarks

The Thursday evening session brought testimonies of faith from Hanna Massad, pastor of the Gaza Baptist Church in the Gaza Strip; Wilford Brown, Campus Minister at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma; and Ellis Orozco, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Richardson, Texas.

The Friday evening session spoke to the issue of answering the call of God to minister with a personal story told by Sarah Stewart, Minister in Residence at First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, and through the message of Dr Wade Burleson, pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma.

There was so much more. Check out the other sessions and break-out presentations. Each speaker brought, in their own diverse way, a message of unity of mission and purpose in the name of our Lord. My prayer is that we Baptists will take the time and energy to continue to listen to each other, and to act upon the Spirit’s promptings. Or, as the Scriptures say, “To the one who has ears, let him hear. To the one who has eyes, let him see.”

Here are a couple of personal pictures of my wife and me with a very gracious President Jimmy Carter.

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It’s Back to School Time

It was “Meet Your Teacher Night” at school this week for our brand new kindergartner. I tagged along. The school was alive with both children and their parents looking for classrooms, meeting the teachers and discovering old friends from last year. Five year olds spotting a friend is a fun sight. They are excited to see each other, yet they don’t know what to do or say once they have told their parents and said hi. So they mostly looked for something to do together— sit in the bean bag chairs or get out books or play with learning aids.

Soon it was time to look up last year’s teacher and head out to the gym so the parents could join the PTA, buy last-minute schools supplies, get meal tickets and, of course, order school t-shirts. Then it was one more time through the building before heading home to anticipate the first day of school.

My kindergarten was held at our church. It was not yet mandated for the public schools. I remember that my kindergarten teacher was also my Sunday School teacher. Now I wonder how she did that. The class picture shows us all in the choir loft and I am wearing a clip-on tie. Most of us went to the same elementary school, and a few of us were in the same class together for years.

Schools and teaching methods are quite different today. If you have not been in a local elementary school in the last five years, take a quick tour at the one near your house. Sunday Schools are being impacted in the same way. Are we up to the challenge to provide the very best Christian education that each child, at each age, deserves?

Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Go to Sunday School. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.

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Dr Bob Willets

He always called me “Pastor.” Dr. Robert H. Willets,* our Pastor Emeritus, died last week at age 88. He was known as Dr. Bob to those he pastored, and as Chaplain Bob to those he served as a Navy Chaplain, and through the local VFW. He served as the Oklahoma State VFW Chaplain in the mid 1990s.

When I came to be his Associate Minister in October, 1973, we had a discussion about what people, especially the children, should call me. He was Dr. Bob, so I became known as Bro. Darryl. Dr. Bob moved to the Washington, D.C. area to pastor the Ft. Washington Baptist Church on January 1, 1974. He served that wonderful congregation, which is actually located in Maryland, for 12 years. During that time his wife Lois died. In January 1984, Dr. Robert Bales and I had the honor of officiating at Bob Willets’ wedding to Ila Faye Perry. When he retired from the pastorate in 1986, they moved back to Tulsa, and our church asked him to serve as our Pastor Emeritus.

Through the years we officiated together at countless funerals and worked together with a spirit of mutual respect and admiration. No pastor could have a more satisfying relationship with his predecessor than I. Dr. Bob’s deep Georgia accent combined with his infectious smile brought hundreds, if not thousands, of people a great sense of grace and understanding, especially in their time of personal illness or grief. His photocopied jokes, pictures and sayings always were inscribed with the words, “Jesus saves” and “God bless you.” I know people who have saved some of those flyers for years as their reminder of his love for them.

Name badges, pins, hats, flags and crosses were hallmarks of his daily attire. He could never pass up a good yard sale and loved to give away many of the treasures he found. His favorite Bible topic was the Cross of Christ. For many years he wore red and white to symbolize the sacrificial blood of Jesus and the power of God’s forgiveness. He lived what he believed, and we are the richer because of his life, love and ministry.

Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Jesus saves. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.

*Dr. Robert H. Willets

March 21, 1921—July 31, 2009

Senior Minister, White City Baptist Church, 1960—1973

Pastor Emeritus, 1986—2009

See the Tulsa World article of August 4, 2009 and a fuller obituary August 2, 2009.

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