Refreshed with the Power of God (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. It was the Third Sunday after Epiphany, and also the second Sunday of our Stewardship Campaign. I preached on the Second Reading, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18. You can view the sermon here (it starts around 25:40). By God’s great mercy, we are refreshed with … Continue reading Refreshed with the Power of God (Sermon)

Walking to Emmaus

“What does life look like to you? How would you describe it?” My spiritual director asked me that question in the middle of a session. It wasn’t a non sequitur; although I can’t recall now what the context was, her question was absolutely germane to that context. It didn’t sound out of place or contrived … Continue reading Walking to Emmaus

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)

Labyrinth #40: Christ Presbyterian Church, Martinsville, New Jersey

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 Labyrinth #40: Christ Presbyterian Church, Martinsville, New Jersey


Well, here we are. We all knew it would come to this. Science fiction fans have no doubt what I'm going to talk about here. It's the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. That's right. It's 42. According to Douglas Adams' groundbreaking and world-shattering trilogy, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the most amazing and powerful … Continue reading Forty-Two


The number eighteen, I'm told, is important in Judaism. The reason for this is because words in Hebrew have numerical values, and the Hebrew word for life, "chai", has a numerical value of eighteen. Looking back on my own life, the number eighteen can easily symbolize "life" for me as well. The year I was eighteen, which spanned my … Continue reading Eighteen


This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, All Saints Sunday. The gospel text was John 11:32-44, the raising of Lazarus. One day, not long after Halloween, a day not unlike today, a monkey came upon a jar filled with Halloween candy. It’s not important how this jar got into the … Continue reading Clinging

“I am Going to Die”

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The text was Mark 9:30-37. I am going to die. It’s true. I don’t like to think about it too often, but a day is coming, perhaps a long way off, or perhaps not, when I will die. That’s uncomfortable, isn’t it? And … Continue reading “I am Going to Die”

Funerals are Good

Day 6 of Walking and Blogging. I got 11,804 steps in so far today, and I'm about to blog. So, a successful day 6. The local funeral home is less than a half mile from my church. I generally walk there when I have a funeral. This evening, I had a viewing to attend, and … Continue reading Funerals are Good

Fear and Grumbling in Capernaum

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, August 5, 2018. The gospel text was John 6:24-35. Did you ever wonder how we’re supposed to behave as a congregation? Luckily, scripture gives us several models for how to do that. In fact, two of those models are in today’s readings. The … Continue reading Fear and Grumbling in Capernaum