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

Bible Note #11 — Exodus 3: The Call of Moses

God routinely goes out of his way to incorporate human partnership in the accomplishing of his purposes in the world.  The fact is so plain that it is regularly overlooked by most of us as we read Bible stories about God's dealing with human beings. Here in Exodus 3 in the story of God's calling … Continue reading Bible Note #11 — Exodus 3: The Call of Moses

Sermon #10 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 1: God in Himself

This sermon is the first in a series of seven sermons in which we delve into the big -- well, really, infinite -- topic of who God is.  This particular sermon, preached at North Presbyterian Church in Elmira, NY on September 11, 2011, explores Moses encounter with the burning bush in the desert of the … Continue reading Sermon #10 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 1: God in Himself

Prayer Note #22 — The God of All Things

My Lord, you are the brightness of light warming the darkness and gloom.  You are the great sweeping vista, when I feel stifled and suffocated and trapped.  You are the verdant, well-forested hills that embrace me and hide me, when I fell exposed and vulnerable.  You are the bubbling spring in the desert, the firm, … Continue reading Prayer Note #22 — The God of All Things