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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*


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



The Billy Graham Crusades were a big deal when we were kids. The whole family would gather around the black & white RCA and watch the program from Invocation to Alter Call. I can still remember the soothing baritone of George Beverly Shea belting out the classic song, “It Is […]

Sermon: Worst kept Secret in Town


Who am I? We’ve all asked ourselves – and others – that question at one time or another.  We have all lost sleep agonizing over that question—and perhaps a good deal more trying to achieve a positive response. We have all made the mistake of using the perceptions of others […]

Sermon: Who Am I?


A surgeon, an engineer, and a politician were debating which of their professions was the oldest. “Eve was made from Adam’s rib,” said the surgeon, “and that, of course, was a surgical procedure.” “Yes,” countered the engineer, “but before that, order was created out of chaos—and that most certainly was […]

Sermon: Spiritual Armor-All



The Perfect Storm was a movie released in late June of 2000. Based on a non-fictional book by the same name, the story gave a harrowing account of New England fishing fleets’ encounter with the `storm of the century.’  In October, 1991, a rare combination of atmospheric factors converged to […]

Sermon: IN THE EYE OF THE STORM