Lots and Lots of Wine (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday after Epiphany. The Gospel reading was John 2:1-11. Happy Anniversary! For the next year, we are going to be doing something very special at Prince of Peace – we will be celebrating our fiftieth anniversary of ministry together! Fifty years … Continue reading Lots and Lots of Wine (Sermon)

Henry’s Woods (A Pinewood Men Film)

It's been a long time since I posted a video here. This is the newest offering from the experimental film studio Pinewood Men. (Pinewood Men, of course, is composed of my friend Pete and me.) It's not bad. Check it out. Make sure you have the sound on. The music is what makes it. https://vimeo.com/663785008

On being remembered

A few days ago, I was at a Zoom meeting with other pastors in my synod. As part of the opening devotion, the meeting facilitator asked the question, "How do you want to be remembered?" Many people gave answers like, "I want to be remembered as someone who loved God and did my best." Or, … Continue reading On being remembered

Labyrinths #45 & 46: First Presbyterian Church, Goshen, New York & a private home

I enjoy walking labyrinths. Labyrinths are maze-like structures that have been used as spiritual tools for centuries. There are many of them around, and I am in the habit of trying to visit a lot of them. For more information about labyrinths, check out The Labyrinth Society. Find where labyrinths are in your area at the … Continue reading Labyrinths #45 & 46: First Presbyterian Church, Goshen, New York & a private home

Rhythm of Resilience – The Weeklies

A few days ago, I posted about my Rhythm of Resilience, a collection of habits I've developed and committed to. It is my hope that doing these things regularly will help keep my resilience up so that I can more easily weather the mental health storms that come my way. It's kind of regular set … Continue reading Rhythm of Resilience – The Weeklies

Conducting the Symphony 2: The Vision

A few days ago, I had a vision during my morning devotions. I was reading Psalm 148, which includes lines like this: Praise the Lord!Praise the Lord from the heavens;    praise him in the heights!3 Praise him, sun and moon;    praise him, all you shining stars!7 Praise the Lord from the earth,    you sea monsters and all deeps,8 fire and hail, … Continue reading Conducting the Symphony 2: The Vision

Conducting the Symphony 1: The Theremin

So I have a new toy -- I received a theremin for Christmas. If you're not familiar with theremins, they are (in my opinion) the coolest musical instrument ever created. It's an electronic instrument that was invented in the 1920s, and it is played with your body, but without touching it. If you've never heard … Continue reading Conducting the Symphony 1: The Theremin

Rhythm of Resilience – The Daily W’s

Some weeks ago, my therapist suggested something, and it's stuck with me since. We were talking about how easily I slide into depression, and he said something like, "Do you think there might be an addictive component here?" He wasn't diagnosing. He wasn't accusing. He was just speculating. But it's been a very fruitful avenue … Continue reading Rhythm of Resilience – The Daily W’s

Catching the Backslide

It's been a while since I blogged anything but a sermon. I want to break this silence, and as I thought about what to write about, it occurred to me that some of you shared that you appreciated my openness and honesty about the experiences I'd had at Alternatives, the partial hospitalization program I attended … Continue reading Catching the Backslide

Lights in the Night Sky (Blue Christmas Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached at our annual Blue Christmas service in 2021. Blue Christmas is a special service designed for people who find the holidays difficult. The gospel I preached on was John 1:1-14. When we think of the night sky at Christmas, I think we tend to think … Continue reading Lights in the Night Sky (Blue Christmas Sermon)