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April 2, 2019

The Apostle Paul says it in the clearest language possible, “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Corinthians 15:14). During Easter, the Church celebrates explicitly what we celebrate implicitly every Lord’s Day‐‐Jesus Ch...

March 1, 2019

I have a love-hate relationship with Lent.


For the unaware, the season of Lent begins forty days before Easter. Like the holy days of Christmas and Easter, Lent was a later invention of the Church. The season recalls Jesus being led by the Spirit into the wilderness fo...

January 29, 2019

Being new to the community, I’ve been asking lots of questions lately.  To the embarrassment of myself and the consternation of others, I have even been known to ask the same question more than once.  My brain is not a sponge.  It’s hard for me to soak up information a...

January 1, 2019

Town Hall Meetings on January 6 and 13

I remember the day that my son Thomas was baptized.  At the time, I was working as the general manager at a McDonalds in Charlestown, Indiana.  I had the dubious honor of managing the night shift the Saturday before.  As a result,...

December 1, 2018

‘Tis the season, and the music of the season is already in the air.  You certainly hear it in worship, but you might also hear it on the radio and in the mall.  The Christian carols compete these days with Frosty and Rudolf, but if you listen carefully, you still can h...

November 1, 2018

The Dojo Nabe is a restaurant with a long history.  For over eight generations, the Watanabe family have served the hungry of Tokyo.  There are no tables and chairs in the restaurant.  Patrons sit on bamboo mats, and the dishes are served on a wooden board in front of...

October 1, 2018

After seminary, I was pastoring a church in Texas.  It was great congregation filled with wonderful saints.  I remember one man who always had a twinkle in his eye and an infectious smile.  He loved to tell stories.  They were always fun and folksy.  People were often...

September 1, 2018

As the calendar turns from August to September, there is often a bit of melancholy.  Labor Day comes and goes.  Summer vacations are over.  The weather turns colder.  The nights get longer.  Nonetheless, I don’t find autumn a sad time.  In fact, it is my favorite time...

August 1, 2018

God bless the First Presbyterian Church of Norwalk, Ohio. Sara and I were excited to be with you on July 14 and 15. Your hospitality and kindness were much appreciated. As Tricia mentioned in her children’s moment, together we are starting a new chapter. We are looking...

April 21, 2018

The Presbyterian Women's Association's (PW) annual rummage sale is almost here. The dates of the sale this year is Friday, April 20th from 9:00-6:00 and Saturday, April 21 from 9:00-2:00.

The men and youth group of the church started on Sunday by moving all the treasure...

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