Monday, May 7, 2018

Abiding in Hope (5/6/18)

Abiding in Hope (5/6/18)

Baptistery, Coventry Cathedral  

On Sunday, May 6th, I gave the saints at Rehoboth a little pep talk. I reminded them of the challenges that they face and I reassured them that I believe they can meet those challenges. I've told this to them before, but some messages are easy to understand intellectually, but more challenging to live into.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Back to the Future (4/29/18)

Lucas Cranach the Younger, The Vineyard of the Lord (detail showing Lutheran reformers)

On Sunday, April 29th, we considered a passage from the Gospel of John in which Jesus states that he is the true vine. This is from a longer section that scholars call the Farewell Discourse. In this message, I thank the saints at Rehoboth Church for giving something back to me. I guess you could say it's my own farewell discourse.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Good Shepherds (4/22/18)

Anton Mauve, Landscape with Shepherd and Sheep 

On Sunday, April 22nd, we heard the story of the Good Shepherd. We considered some of the good shepherds in the congregation at Rehoboth Presbyterian Church and how we are called to tend our flock.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bearing Witness (4/15/18)

Margaret Hofheinz-Doring, Endless Road 

In my faith journey, I've had the privilege of going on a number of international mission trips. These trips are, in part, about bearing witness to what God is doing in the communities that we visit. But witness isn't just something we do, it's who we are.

Sharing Our Burdens (4/8/18)

Rowan and Irene LeCompte, Christ Shows Himself to Thomas

On Sunday, April 8th, we tried something a little bit different in worship. One of our members had recently started a new job, and he was nervous about that. After we heard the Scriptures, I had a public conversation with this member. We sat in front of the chancel, talk-show style, and he told us about the new job and his fears. Read on to learn more about the story and the message.

April Fools! (4/1/18)

Jackie Twedell, "Weeping Mary"

When I saw that Easter Sunday fell on April first, I couldn't resist using "April Fools!" as the title for my sermon. On Easter Sunday, we considered two different accounts of Easter morning, as presented in the Gospels of Mark and John.

Monday, April 16, 2018

It Is Finished (3/30/18)

James Tissot, What Our Lord Saw from the Cross

Every year, on Good Friday, the Belle Vernon Area Ministerium hosts a seven-last-words service. The service lasts three hours and each pastor offers a sermon on each of Jesus' seven last words. It's quite an event. Some people come for the entire service, while many others stay for a sermon or two.