Monthly Archives: October 2016


There were two brothers who had terrorized their small town for decades. They were notoriously unfaithful to their wives, abusive to their children, and habitually dishonest in business dealings. Then the youngest brother died unexpectedly. The surviving brother went to the pastor of the local church. “I want you to […]

Sermon: The Measure of Greatness


Where There Is Vision —Expanded & Revised— A golfer’s errant shot ended up hitting an anthill. He squared up, took a big swing—and missed. Thousands of innocent ants were killed. The hacker re-set, took another swing—and missed again. Another wave of ants was destroyed. Panic-stricken insects scurried everywhere. One ant […]

Sermon: Where There is Vision


The Errancy of Infallibility* (Expanded Version) *Inerrancy: exemption from error; Infallibility: incapable of error in defining doctrines touching faith or morals (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed.) Let me share part of a church mission statement that I came across recently; I’ll just read the parts that concern me: “Our love […]

Sermon: The Errancy of Infallibility



The members and friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia cordially invite the greater Cazenovia community to attend the installation service of our new minister, the Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Oak.  The service will be Sunday October 23rd at 4:00 pm.  A reception will follow in the church’s Meeting […]

Pastor Installation Service



The Kansas landscape is populated by rural communities that consist of a single crossroads with a grain elevator, a gas station, a seed & feed store and a church. I recently read about one such community in western Kansas that had suffered a year-long draught. All the crops were dying. […]

Sermon: Mustering Faith 2Oct2016



October, being the month of All Hallows’ Eve – and all things creepy-crawly – I thought it appropriate to share with you my “Spider Theology.” Its origins (based on a true story when we lived in Wichita, Kansas), began as retold below:   A couple of weeks ago, I came […]

The Pastor’s Journal


The Outreach Committee is starting a new drive to help our neighbors in southern Madison and northern Chenango Counties as well as Cazenovia, Canastota, and Oneida.  These are all areas served by The Mustard Seed, which is located in Georgetown.  The Mustard Seed is a food pantry but also provides […]

Linens, Pillows, and Diaper Drive