If your theology doesn’t make you humble, go deeper.

Psalm 16:1-11; Acts 17:24-28


(Listen to the audio version of this sermon at : http://corinth.buzzsprout.com/.)

No random happenings

It was 1968. I was 11 years old, and my family had just returned from Pakistan. My oldest brother was 15 ½ and wanted to take steps toward a driver’s license, so he and the next oldest brother rode their bicycles to the Division of Motor Vehicles. Somewhat naïve about the racial tensions in our city, they nevertheless traveled down High Street in Portsmouth, figuring that was the safest route. On their way home, a young black man on the sidewalk lashed out at my brother with a rope embedded with nails that wrapped around his neck, damaging his right eye for life and causing him to lose his left eye. My brother has lived with that visual handicap ever since. Read more »

January 16th, 2019

Sue called me a little after six AM Sunday morning to let me know that John had passed, so I was able to swing by the house for prayer before our early worship service.  Later that same afternoon, I spent time with Sue and all six of John’s children, two in-laws, and little Ella.  So in between those two visits, I preached twice here in this sanctuary.  The sermon theme Sunday morning seemed perfect for a reflection on John Bigelow’s life.

We started this year at Corinth preaching on the Apostles’ Creed, and this past Sunday’s message was on the phrase, “Maker of heaven and earth” – that God created everything that exists.  When we are discouraged and de-energized by life, Isaiah 40 points us to our Creator.  “Have you not been paying attention?” Isaiah asks. If you pay attention to creation, you will mount up with wings as eagles.  You will run and not be weary, you will walk and not faint.

If you knew John Bigelow even a little, you can see immediately how the theme of creation connects so well to his life. Read more »

Pay Attention

When you’re tired and weary, pay attention to the Creator.

Isaiah 40:21-31; Colossians 1:15-17


That new screen

Today’s sermon inspired the series of sermons that will stretch, with some breaks in the middle, from now through June. We’ll be looking at the Apostles’ Creed line by line. We began last week with “I believe in God the Father Almighty.” Today we continue with, “…Maker of heaven and earth.” Let’s ponder God as Creator.

2019 is our 150th anniversary as a congregation. We wanted our celebration to have an arts component, so for ideas we turned to our own Clarissa Starnes, Associate Director of the Hickory Museum of Art, housed at the SALT Block. Read more »

I Believe

The reason we gather weekly at church is because we need a booster shot of faith.

Matthew 2:1-12


Boys in the cave

It’s been a whirlwind for me the past month or so, and maybe for you. Our wheels (literal and figurative) are finally slowing down after a month-plus of preparation, family, and travel. Earlier this week, Linda and I were with her mom and family in Pennsylvania, and I took time to do something I haven’t done in a while – read a book, just for fun. My sister had recommended this book when she visited us on Christmas weekend, and both of our daughters picked it up and read all 300 pages in a day or two Christmas week. I did the same on New Year’s Eve and Day.

It’s a mark of a great story and a terrific writer when you know how a story’s going to end but you still can’t put the book down because you’re in such suspense. The Boys in the Cave, by ABC News reporter Matt Gutman who was writing his first book, is about the 12 boys in Thailand and their soccer coach who were trapped deep inside a cave for more than two weeks last summer while the entire world was gripped with their plight. I knew all thirteen were eventually rescued, but as I read the book, I kept thinking, “There’s no way they all emerge alive. It can’t happen.” Read more »

December 31st, 2018


When God acts, he is prompting an active response from us.

Luke 2:25-35


A year of action

2018 has been a year of action. It’s been characterized by strong verbs.

Linda and I traveled – a lot – and so did our family members. Much of the travel was related to the first year of our grandson’s life – our going to Hawaii, Portland, and San Francisco to see him, or his coming to see us with his parents and aunts.

We celebrated – my Mom’s 90th birthday, our 40th wedding anniversary and 40th college reunion.

You surprised us for our 25th anniversary at Corinth with a big celebration. Read more »