Monthly Archives: February 2017


When I was in seminary, one of my fellow students – my good friend Chuck – was youth pastor at Harvey Brown Presbyterian Church; one of Louisville’s most affluent, high-steeple churches. And Diane and I would often attend there on Sunday morning. Well, one Sunday we all learned an unexpected […]

Sermon: Transforming Vision


A man with a nagging secret couldn’t keep it any longer. In the confessional he admitted that for years he had been stealing building supplies from the lumberyard where he worked. “What did you take?” the parish priest asked. “Enough to build my own home and enough for my son’s […]

Sermon: The House That Love Built


When my niece Emily was coming of age, about 13 years old, it was kind of hard on my sister. Prior to adolescence, Emily used to love doing things with her mom: shopping, horseback riding, homework, practicing piano, cooking, even house-cleaning; they were BFF (Best Friends Forever), did everything together, […]

Sermon: More Than Rules



When we lived in Wichita, our physician, Dr. Ron, was a dear, longtime friend of Diane and mine. Several years ago, during a routine annual physical, Ron found little glitch with my blood pressure, which had always been really good, but in the previous couple of doctor visits, my blood […]

Sermon: Salt of the Earth


If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15 Treva came into my office last week to say that she needed a newsletter article from the pastor for February. I asked her, “So, what’s going on in February that I might write about? What kind of theme?” Without […]

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