Sermon



During the summer of 2012 while I was taking a summer sabbatical, Diane and I had the opportunity to share pulpit supply duties at a handful of small town and rural churches in Kansas, one of which was Hopewell Presbyterian Church. Now Hopewell is what you would call the epitome […]

Sermon: Where Two are Gathered


Fifty-four years ago, at the heights of the civil rights movement – the spring of 1963 – eight Birmingham clergymen (one of whom was the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Birmingham) wrote an open letter which was published in the Birmingham News on April 12th. Even though […]

Sermon: Dog Days of Summer



The Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA), J. Herbert Nelson, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention Rev. Dr. Steven Gaines, and Pope Francis, were all out fishing together. But they weren’t having any luck catching anything. So the Pope suggested to the group that they go out to […]

Sermon: IN DEEP WATERS


The late 19th century Philadelphia Pastor named Russell H. Conwell, who founded Temple University, raised money to build that school by giving literally hundreds of lectures across the country. And every lecture Conwell gave included a true story which he called, “Acres of Diamonds”. It goes like this: “There was […]

Sermon: Hidden Treasure


I’ve been wondering lately about those little seeds that get planted in our lives – planted in our hearts and minds – through childhood experiences – those little moments in time – through words that are spoken either in love or in haste. Wondering about the haphazard way in which […]

Sermon: Planting Seeds of Faith



A Presbyterian minister, a Priest and a Rabbi were talking over lunch about prayer in general and the most appropriate posture and effective position for prayer in particular. As they were talking, a telephone repairman, working on the phone system in the restaurant, was sort of eavesdropping on their conversation. […]

Sermon: SUMMER SOULSTICE



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: Almost Angels