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His name was David. He was a rather serious young man, in his early thirties, and already well on his way to a very successful architect career. David was single and handsome and considered one of the church’s most eligible bachelors. He came up to me after church one Sunday […]

Sermon: A High Standard of Living


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You know, it’s hard to find a really good fishing joke. When you Google “Fishing Jokes,” on the Internet, you pull up stuff like: “What kind of music should you listen to while fishing?” “Beats me.” “Something catchy!”             Or, a biblical fishing joke: “Why didn’t Noah do much fishing […]

Sermon: Casting Into The Deep (remix)


I want to read you a letter from a nine-year-old boy:                                            “Dear NASA,             My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job.              I may be nine, but I think I would be fit for the job. […]

Sermon: Born to Serve



by Frank Campagna After purchasing the old church in Stockbridge Mass which once housed the infamous Alice’s Restaurant and turning it into a rescue mission of sorts, providing food, clothing, job training, counseling to anyone who needed it, Arlo Guthrie (son of the famous Woodie Guthrie) was asked by a […]

Sermon: A Compass and a Flashlight


As I’ve gone about my travels, I’ve been asking people if they have any special plans for the holiday season. And there’s been common theme: “We’re going home for Christmas.” Or “All the kids are coming home to celebrate with us this year; it’s going to be a full house!” […]

Sermon: Homecoming Christmas


            I’ve never met a soul who didn’t love Christmas music!             Shortly after Thanksgiving (or even before) we start to hear those familiar holiday songs on the radio, piped over loud speakers, in stores and doctor’s offices and – well – “everywhere we go”: “I’m Dreaming of a White […]

Sermon: Mary’s Song



When I first started preaching I always thought it was so odd for the common lectionary to begin Advent – every year – with Jesus prophesying the Apocalypse. “What kind of a way is this to begin our journey to the manger?” I’d ask myself. It’s definitely not something you’d […]

Sermon: Apocalyptic Advent


There’s a great movie called A Few Good Men. It’s one of the few movies that Diane and I agree upon as a classic film that we both want to watch almost every time it comes on TV. For me it’s because one of the stars is Jack Nicholson, who […]

Sermon: What is Truth


One hundred years ago today, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, fighting in World War I came to an end. Kaiser Wilhelm had abdicated on the previous day, and the new government of Germany, eager for peace, immediately concluded an armistice agreement […]

Sermon: The Widow’s Sacrifice



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*