Monthly Archives: October 2018


Today is Reformation Sunday. I had fully intended to regale my congregation this morning by recalling the origins of our particular faith, and share a bit of the history of our beloved Reformed tradition. And then I was going to extol upon the virtues of Presbyterianism, and talk about what […]

Sermon: Stewards of Mystery*


CHRIST WITH THE FISHERMAN BY ERNST ZIMMERMAN
In her 2005 book on John Paul the Great, Wall Street Journal columnist, Peggy Noonan draws some sharp distinctions between differing kinds of greatness. She writes about one particular encounter she had: “I am talking with the head of a mighty American corporation. We’re in his window-lined office, high in […]

Sermon: Success God’s Way


Some time ago, I read a true story about a man who came to Peter Marshall, former chaplain of the United States Senate, with a concern about tithing. “I have a problem,” he said. “I have been tithing for some time. It wasn’t too bad when I was making $20,000 […]

Sermon: The Heart of the Matter



At one point in the movie “Pretty Woman,” beautiful street hooker, Vivian (played by Julia Roberts) and multi-millionaire Edward (played by Richard Gere), upon discovering that they might be in love, are sharing an intimate moment during which Vivian reveals her heart to Edward by sharing with him how she […]

Sermon: Our Higher Angels


When we lived in Wichita, Dr. Ron Brown was our physician. Now Ron was member of the church Diane and I grew up in, so he was also a longtime friend. Several years ago, during a routine annual physical, Ron found a little glitch with my blood pressure, which had […]

Sermon: Have Some Salt