Pastor’s Message


Easter is over. The banners have been taken down. The lilies have all been distributed and the crowds have all gone home. So, now what? The month of May falls into that `in-between’ time that resides in the hyphenated space between Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension. In our Christian tradition, […]

Pastor’s Journal – May


Lent. Lent. Lent. What to do about Lent. That is our dilemma `du jour’. It seems, nowadays, that trying to give up something for Lent is second only to making New Year’s resolutions for durability. Unfortunately, we can still remember the last time we tried to do either, and what […]

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I am writing this article from the observer’s gallery of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA); where thousands of Presbyterians from around the world have gathered on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi under the shadow of the Gateway to the Midwest in St. Louis, Missouri to […]

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As I write this newsletter, tomorrow (September 20) is designated the International Day of Peace. Several years ago, Diane and I attended a Peace Making Conference at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. The conference was called “Remembering Peace: Still the Believers’ Calling”. With the apparently increasing tensions between races and nations, […]

Pastor’s Journal – October



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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As I’ve grown older, I’ve discovered that Christmas is increasingly a rather bitter-sweet proposition for many of us. For, as we gather to celebrate the holiday season as family and friends, we also inevitably become poignantly aware of the growing number of loved ones who are missing from our midst.  […]

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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 […]

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September is a month of transitions. Children return to school. Summer gradually gives way to autumn. The temperatures begin to entertain morning frost. Leaves try on their seasonal attire. Folks break out their cool weather clothing. Indeed, September is a month of transitions. But then, so much of life seems […]

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