Go out and train everyone you meet,
far and near, in this way of life.

Hell in the Hallway

(August 14, 2017) It’s Monday morning following a disheartening, fearful, horrific weekend in Charlottesville, VA that has tested the spirit and faith of many. It’s a Monday morning when several people have attended local rallies in support of diversity, tolerance and the best of what we, as a nation, have to offer. I’m hearing questions that border on hopelessness:  How did this…

Memory Echoes

(August 1, 2017) The cicadas are singing, the birds are chirping and, some squirrels are making the chirring sounds they make when they chase each other. I’m sitting in one of our parks along the river. Actually, it’s a golf course, but not a terribly popular one. Monroe County, where Rochester is located, has some of the nicest parks around. So here…

Now What?

(July 5, 2017) So much of our lives are in transition right now, aren’t they? We, as a country, are really feeling the effects of the beginning of a new administration in Washington after eight years with a different person; the world is feeling some angst about North Korea and some other hotspots; our churches continue to change — New Life is…

A Rainy Saturday

(July 1, 2017) It’s a very rainy Saturday morning here in Rochester. Actually, I love these days. Saturday morning is my time to meditate and write my sermon … clear my head for tomorrow’s worship … and just have time alone with God. I guess it’s my Sabbath though sometimes I still rail at such a formal title for time spent in…

Fellowship of Faith is a New Worshiping Community

(June 26, 2017) We have just received word from the Presbyterian Mission Agency in Louisville: On behalf of the Mission Development Resources Committee (MDRC), I am pleased to share with you that the New Worshiping Community Seed Grant proposal for Project #1721, Fellowship of Faith was approved for $7,500. Needless to say, we are humbled and grateful for the recognition and support of what…

How do YOU rate?

(June 23, 2017) Our Presbyterian Church (USA) is BLESSED with creative, amazing people of integrity, intelligence and deep Spirit. And I have been humbled to sit among them today as we looked at – and prayed for – people in our churches who are scared and sometimes hopeless as they wonder where God is calling them. It’s confusing to not be able…

“Are you revitalizing?”

(June 22, 2017) Well, the travel went smoothly. I connected with a dear friend and made it to the conference center where I’m staying (on grounds of the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary) with about 20 minutes to spare.  The other participants and I were to meet in the main lobby at 6 so I walked down the curving staircase and saw a group…

At the Airport

(June 22, 2017). Hope you all had a Happy Solstice yesterday. I’m always a little sad at the Summer Solstice because it means the days start getting shorter. But if you think about it, we’re ALWAYS changing … either they’re getting longer or shorter. We just don’t think of it that way most of the time. And my life is all about…

Revitalization Conversations

(June 20, 2017) I’m getting ready for a great adventure. And I hope you’ll come along with me on it. On Thursday, I’m going to fly to Louisville (the location of our denomination headquarters) and join some colleagues in an extended conversation about church revitalization. Aside from the absolute and humbling honor, it’s also a time for me to be invited to…