Prayer Notes #3–Reflecting on Acts 2:38

A Prayer Reflecting on Acts 2:38 I confess, Lord, that I'm not sure that I'm willing to repent.  Well, but I don't want not to repent.  The price of that is far too great.  But the complete change of life, of direction, of behavior seems so hard; and I love my ease and comfort and … Continue reading Prayer Notes #3–Reflecting on Acts 2:38


Pastor Notes #10

Our Sacramental Bible The Bible is a very obliging book in at least one particular respect, and that is that the Bible explains in fairly straightforward terms what it is.  That fact hasn’t caused scholars and others to refrain from arguing about the matter.  That argument has been going on for centuries, off and on.  … Continue reading Pastor Notes #10

Pastor Notes #9

[The following is a letter I wrote to a forty-something parishioner who had been raised in a nominal Roman Catholic home and had given her life to Christ while she was in college.  This letter was written on the occasion of her nominally Catholic mother's death.  As you will also see, the circumstances of my … Continue reading Pastor Notes #9

Prayer Notes #1

A Prayer about Prayer Lord, I struggle so much to force myself to be still and to concentrate on  anything, but especially on prayer.  I really do hate this about myself.  Do I have to be this way?  Please, Lord, if I could simply be still and concentrate better mentally, I believe I would be … Continue reading Prayer Notes #1

Pastor Notes #8 (9/11/2001) — Presence as Ministry

[The following is from several entries into my journal about the events of the evening of September 11, 2001.  I was at that time the pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio.  There are several large, high-end hotels in the immediate vicinity of the church.] Tuesday, September 11, 2001 7:30 … Continue reading Pastor Notes #8 (9/11/2001) — Presence as Ministry