The Third Way of Love (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel reading was Luke 6:27-38. There is a third way. There is always a third way. I believe that. Now, I don’t always succeed in acting on that. I don’t even always remember that I believe it. … Continue reading The Third Way of Love (Sermon)

Who Gets the Blessing? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel text was Luke 6:17-26. One day, some years back, a preacher named Rev. Johnson stood in the pulpit. It was the sixth Sunday after Epiphany, and she read the same gospel that we heard today. She said, … Continue reading Who Gets the Blessing? (Sermon)

Charms to Soothe

So I've mostly given up on learning the theremin. As I wrote on here before, my Christmas present this year was a digital theremin, quite possibly the most intriguing musical instrument there is. You play it with your hands, but without touching it! You wave your hands carefully near it, and it makes haunting music … Continue reading Charms to Soothe

Simon Peter and the Strange Decision (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached yesterday, the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel text was Luke 5:1-11. It was also the final Sunday of our annual Stewardship campaign. Some moments are crucial. There are moments when something happens, when a decision is made. Or a word is spoken. Or a … Continue reading Simon Peter and the Strange Decision (Sermon)

What’s So New About Life? (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. It was also the third week of our four-week annual Stewardship Campaign. The gospel text was Luke 4:21-30. So we continue to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary this year, a time when we look back at all the great … Continue reading What’s So New About Life? (Sermon)

Living Words (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday after Epiphany. The Gospel reading was Luke 4:14-21. Happy Anniversary! And Happy Stewardship Campaign! I’m going to keep starting my sermons like this for the next few weeks, as we continue to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary as a congregation this … Continue reading Living Words (Sermon)

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