Pastor Note #43 — Blood on the Pew (A day in March 2000)

It was Tuesday noontime.  I had gone into the big, dark Romanesque sanctuary of my church in downtown Columbus, Ohio for a weekly prayer meeting with a handful or so of people, mostly not members of my congregation but rather folks who worked downtown and constituted part of my weekday ancillary congregation. As I sat … Continue reading Pastor Note #43 — Blood on the Pew (A day in March 2000)

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Prayer Note #38 — The Voice

Oh, Lord, how I long to be intimately familiar with your voice. Your voice is full of power -- whether you speak with rock-breaking loudness or whether you whisper quietly in my ear.  Your voice is full of soul-transforming power.  Let that powerful voice pierce to the center of my mind, to the core of my … Continue reading Prayer Note #38 — The Voice

Prayer Note #37 — On a Summer Morning

Lord, the sun is warm and pleasant on my back.  The birds of all sorts are chirping and twittering in the trees around me this morning.  Lily, my gracious, canine companion, is lying beside me with her chin on the bottom rail looking out into the backyard, watching everything and nothing in particular, patient and … Continue reading Prayer Note #37 — On a Summer Morning

Sermon #23 — Forgiveness and Reconciliation — Colossians 3:12-17

Forgiving and reconciling are both crucially important aspects of the Christian life.  They are closely and intimately related to each other, and yet they are both distinct and separate actions of the heart.  In this sermon, I examine these two elements of the life of discipleship. Read Colossians 3:12-17. Then listen to Forgiveness and Reconciliation. … Continue reading Sermon #23 — Forgiveness and Reconciliation — Colossians 3:12-17