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December 5th, 2016

Listen to Him!


Moses and Elijah to Jesus are like Jesus and Santa to Donald Trump.

Matthew 7:1-13; Deuteronomy 18:15-19


And…Oh, y’all!

Two individuals come to mind when I read a literal translation from Greek of Matthew’s version of the Transfiguration. The first is Linda’s college roommate, a southern belle with an effervescent personality. When she visited Linda’s family in Amish country, the first time she saw a horse and buggy, she exclaimed, “Oh, y’all!”

The second is a member of this church is well-known for telling long stories strung together with “And…” in front of every sentence. It’s hard to interrupt or comment because the whole story is a continuous flow that can go on for 10 or 45 minutes. If I preach her funeral, I’m going to start every sentence of my meditation with “And….” Read more »

November 28th, 2016

We think we’re supposed to get it right.  God wants us to get it together.

Malachi 4:1-6; Luke 1:11-17


The appendix and the cradle

How did Thanksgiving go at your house? Early in the week I went to see Mom in Suffolk, Virginia. My sister lives nearby in Portsmouth, and I have two brothers who live in Chicago and one in Baltimore. All five of us were together for dinner Monday evening and yes, most of the conversation centered around President-elect Donald Trump. Did that happen with you?  Read more »

November 21st, 2016

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  (Psalm 90:12)

2 Kings 2:1-18


Retirement announcement

I have an announcement to make about my retirement. I’ve been here almost 24 years, and no pastorate can last indefinitely.

Here’s my announcement: Read more »

November 14th, 2016


If our greatest hopes or fears are tied to an election, we need a word from God. 

2 Kings 1:1-4; 1 John 4:1-6


How I voted

To say the least, it’s been an interesting week in America. For months, Americans have been trying to discern who would be the greater President, or at least who would not be the greater disaster. Now that the election is over, some Americans have greater hope, some Americans have greater fear, and some Americans have greater uncertainty.

If you’ve been here the last few months, you know that I was one of the many Americans who agonized over these two particular choices for President. When it came to decision time, I could not in good conscience vote for either major party candidate. Read more »

November 7th, 2016

As I sat down this morning to write this meditation, I looked at the Scripture the family chose and looked over my notes. In both I saw the theme of “Journey and Destination.” I remembered that someone said, “Life is a journey, not a destination,” so I Googled it. The quote is often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but a site called says that’s probably not true.

I can tell you that whoever said it, I disagree. Read more »