Pastor Note #41–From the Earliest Days

             From my earliest days, I have been part of a Presbyterian church.  Much of my extended family was actively involved in the life and ministry of that church.  Although the congregation of my youth was biblically grounded, it was not especially remarkable compared to other churches in the community.             About the time … Continue reading Pastor Note #41–From the Earliest Days

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Pastor Note #40–Working the Streets; The Ministry of Risk-taking

When the doorbell rang, I jumped up and turned off the television.  It was 4:20 in the afternoon, and I was watching a re-run of M*A*S*H instead of working on my next Sunday's sermon.  After a few seconds, I walked slowly down the stairs to answer the door.  There were three little boys and a … Continue reading Pastor Note #40–Working the Streets; The Ministry of Risk-taking

Pastor Note #39: A Statement of Faith

            God is not an idea or a concept but is rather a Personal Being of infinite power, beauty, and goodness.  He is a Being who desires to be known and reveals himself to us.  He makes himself known to us through the works of his creation and through direct experience of his Holy Spirit.  … Continue reading Pastor Note #39: A Statement of Faith

Pastor Note #38–A Prayer at the Closing of a Church

I was the second to the last installed pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio.  On November 20, 2011, the last service of worship was held in that 151 year old building by that congregation that was founded in 1839.   I participated that service along with my successor and my predecessor pastors.  I prayed … Continue reading Pastor Note #38–A Prayer at the Closing of a Church

Pastor Note #37 — A Boy on the Streets, Part 1

[A story from my time as a pastor in downtown Columbus:] He wanted milk with the sandwiches I had given him.  I had offered him lemonade, soda, and orange juice.  But he wanted a glass of milk.  When he drank it, it left a mustache on his upper lip.  After a moment, he wiped it … Continue reading Pastor Note #37 — A Boy on the Streets, Part 1

Sermon 18: Burning Hearts–Hearing Jesus: Luke 24 :28-35

I remember asking a seminary friend once, "So, where are all the prophets these day?"  It sounds like a pretty dopey question now.  But his almost instantaneous answer still makes me chuckle with a bit of chagrin.  "So, where are all the prophets these day?"  My friend: "In mental hospitals mostly." Of course, that's a … Continue reading Sermon 18: Burning Hearts–Hearing Jesus: Luke 24 :28-35