October 22, 2017

When I was packing, I came across the first sermon I preached as a pastor on August 1, 1982.  It was hand written and included a description of typing the order of worship for that Sunday on a floppy green stencil and printing it on a mimeograph machine that required a...

October 15, 2017

It was January 28, 1986.  I was on my way to lunch in the seminary dining hall when a friend shouted across the quad, “The Challenger just blew up!”  I joined others inside to watch news footage of billowy clouds framed by a bright blue sky.  A beautiful sight masking...

October 8, 2017

Five years ago, I was driving down a main thoroughfare in Buffalo, just around the corner from the church I served at the time.  As I drove, I saw a line of people extending from a store I had never noticed before.  The line snaked from the front door across the parkin...

October 1, 2017

Several years ago, I walked the Freedom Trail in Boston with Leroy and my daughter, visiting the historic sites of that great city.  We arrived at Brimstone Corner on Boston Common, right across from the Park Street Congregational Church. The reference to brimstone, as...

September 24, 2017

This past week, Leroy and I traveled to NY State to see my brother and daughter, as well as attend to some matters related to our upcoming move.  While there, we participated in two days of preliminary training for our retirement career.  Who knew that making beds and...

September 17, 2017

Steven McDonald was twenty-nine years old when he was shot three times at close range.  He had a wife and an infant son at home.  He was a police officer in New York City.  One fateful day in 1987, he verbally confronted some teens loitering in Central Park.   One of t...

September 10, 2017

One of Jesus’ most oft-quoted statements is this: “Where two or three are gathered, there am I in the midst of them.”  If we were to transport that message to our current reality, we might say, “Where two or three are gathered, at least two will be on their cell phone....

September 3, 2017

I never thought much about fire before I moved to Colorado.  In the lush, green landscape of the east, forest fires are few.  I couldn’t believe my eyes the first time I drove through Four Mile Canyon to Gold Hill and returned through Sunshine Canyon.  The devastation...

August 27, 2017

On Tuesday morning, I was sipping iced tea at a coffee shop with Leroy when he asked me, “What does Romans 12:3” say?  I was a little surprised since he should know that although I have multiple Bible and theology degrees, I can’t recite every verse on demand.  I cover...

August 20, 2017

On Friday night, Leroy and I saw the new film “Glass Castle.”  The reviews have been so-so, but we like Woody Harrelson and the trailer intrigued us.  It’s based on the childhood of Jeanette Walls, a former gossip reporter and writer for MSNBC.  Walls was raised in pov...

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