Church News

January 11, 2022

 I am excited to begin a 4-part sermon series this week. I’m calling it: FROM DEATH TO LIFE: Life with God, Others, Self, and Creation. Scripture affirms the resurrection of Jesus reverses the curse of death, and that means those who are in Christ have new life through him. We have, as the apostle says, been […]

December 14, 2021

Recently I’ve been arrested by the little known Christmas hymn, In the Bleak Midwinter. Much of the hymn expounds the beauty of the incarnation, but this last verse calls us to consider our response. “What can I give him poor as I am? If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb If I […]

December 7, 2021

For many people, Christmas is a time of great joy and anticipation. It is good to be gathered with family and friends, and the pleasurable things in life seem even better this time of year. For others, Christmas marks a season of increased loneliness, depression, or grief. The sorrow of life seems especially acute this […]

November 23, 2021

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  There is a difference between giving God thanks for all circumstances and giving God thanks in all circumstances.  Some people suggest that everything that happens- the good and the bad- is by the hand of the Lord, […]

November 16, 2021

“Like clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand…” – Jeremiah 18:6 Years ago Amy and I went on a pottery date, and I completely embarrassed myself.  It was one of those things where you pay for an hour of instruction, and you get to keep whatever you create at the pottery […]

October 26, 2021

Sabbatical Reflections IV I’m continuing to share some reflections from our sabbatical time.  I appreciate the chance to be away, and I want to tell you some ways we used the time and the things I learned.  Disclaimer: some thoughts may be more serious than others One of the joys of sabbatical was visiting other churches.  I rarely […]

October 19, 2021

Sabbatical Reflections III I’m continuing to share with you some reflections from our sabbatical time. I appreciate the chance to be away, and I want to tell you some ways we used the time and the things I learned. Disclaimer: some thoughts may be more serious than others. One of the blessings of sabbatical was being able […]

October 12, 2021

Sabbatical Reflections II I’m continuing to share with you some reflections from our sabbatical time. I appreciate the chance to be away, and I want to tell you some ways we used the time and the things I learned. Disclaimer: some thoughts may be more serious than others. We visited Princeton Theological Seminary in July, […]

October 5, 2021

Sabbatical Reflections I Over the next few weeks, I want to share with you some reflections from our sabbatical time. I appreciate the chance to be away, and I want to tell you some ways we used the time and the things I learned. Disclaimer: some thoughts may be less serious than others. While we […]

August 24, 2021

Years ago I was invited to officiate a wedding at the French Huguenot Church here in Charleston.  I was mesmerized by the placement of the scripture over the door frame as you exited their sanctuary.  It is a written benediction for all who hear God’s Word and are going out into the world.  Sometimes we need reminders […]

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