In the city of Chicago, one cold, dark night, a blizzard was settling in. A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, while other people were in and out of the cold. The little boy was so cold that he wasn’t trying to sell many papers. He walked up […]

Sermon: Born to Love

When I was eight years old, my Gramma Della (Renzella Tilma, a staunch Dutch-German Presbyterian), gave me my very first Bible. This was before they had all the different versions for kids, etc., so it was the King James, of course, which made little sense to an eight year old. […]

Sermon: Radical Sabbath

Cazenovia’s Presbyterian Church is the oldest church in Madison County.  It stands as an icon to the beliefs and aspirations of early and mid-nineteenth century Cazenovians.  The congregation itself was formed in 1799 with Joshua Leonard as its first pastor.  It took seven years to establish the congregation and raise […]

Centuries Old Church Becomes Handicap Accessible

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Akwasi Frimpong grew up in a one-room house in Kumasi, Ghana. As a boy, he dreamed of being an athlete, but life was extremely hard for him and his eight siblings. Eventually, he left Ghana with his mother for the Netherlands, where he worked very hard to become an athlete, […]

Sermon: God’s Laughable Dream

Calvin – of the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon – had a big upside down cardboard box he called the “transmogrifier.” Calvin used the transmogrifier to turn himself and Hobbes into a wide variety of creatures. Set the dial to the desired new thing you wanted to become (i.e. write it […]

Sermon: Revealed

A number of years ago, Massachusetts General Hospital – one of the great teaching hospitals in the United States – did an experimental program that received a lot of national attention. In fact, it was the subject of an ABC 20/20 segment. The experiment was organized and orchestrated by the […]

Sermon: Everyone Is Searching

Every preacher’s favorite Flannery O’Connor story is one called “Revelation.” The Reader’s Digest version goes like this: “Ruby Turpin sat in a crowded doctor’s waiting room. As she evaluated herself on the social ladder, Ruby always came out more than a notch above everybody else—particularly that scowling teenage girl seated […]

Sermon: Afflicted