• Jan2017

    February Pastor’s Message

    January 31, 2017

    The Beatitudes contain some of the world’s most sublime ethical teaching. Like the Ten Commandments, they often adorn our wall plaques and posters. We sometimes say to each other, “If only people would live by these, the world would be a much better place.” But people who try to actually

  • Dec2016

    January Pastor’s Message

    December 24, 2016

    Every January, the Pennsylvania Farm Show hosts a “sheep-to-shawl” competition. At first it’s exciting – strips of wool sheared off docile (but unhappy) sheep, lots of action. But soon the process settles into a rhythm, become almost routine. Watching crowds drift away to grab something to eat, or visit other

  • Nov2016

    November Pastor’s Message

    November 1, 2016

    In a recent sermon, a North Carolina pastor expressed real fear that the political extremes in our country are trying to either “take God out of America” or “make God out of America.” Both extremes are dangerous for our future. We are facing one of the most polarizing elections in

  • Oct2016

    October Pastor’s Message

    October 4, 2016

    I was telling the story of the three Hebrew men in the fiery furnace to some of our Day Care children, when one of them asked, “What’s an idol?” They didn’t quite understand the idea of “bowing to an idol” and why that was so bad. We can fall prey

  • Sep2016

    September Pastor’s Message

    September 5, 2016

    Scores killed in Italian earthquake! Afghanistan war re-escalating! Police officers killed in Dallas ambush! Are these “signs of the times”? Is the Second Coming imminent? One famous theologian said we should read the Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other (as history unfolds we can see prophecies

  • Jul2016

    “Back to School” When we were kids, two days before school started, Grandpap (Mom’s father) would drive us to the little suburb of Castle Shannon, where we would catch a streetcar into downtown Pittsburgh. The little “five and ten” where we bought our back-to-school supplies also had racks and bins

  • Jun2016

    July Pastor’s Message

    June 18, 2016

    “Freedom isn’t free.” It’s become a popular slogan to describe the reality that someone must pay the price for the many to enjoy freedom. In the movie, “Saving Private Ryan,” a small unit was sent to retrieve Private Ryan from his field assignment; his brother had been killed, and Ryan

  • Apr2016

    April Pastor’s Message

    April 3, 2016

    The chorus of a beautiful old gospel song says this: He could have called ten thousand angels, To destroy the world, and set him free. He could have called ten thousand angels, But he died alone for you and me. Jesus’ greatest desire was to do the Father’s will; on

  • Mar2016

    March Pastor’s Message

    March 3, 2016

    Pity the poor weatherman. Even with the most modern meteorological instruments and years of experience, weather prediction is an inexact science at best. And because the weather affects so much of our plans, we depend on those predictions. So, when things don’t go according to plan (when the weatherman is

  • Jan2016

    February Pastor’s Message

    January 31, 2016

    With Valentine’s Day approaching, special relationships take center stage. The last-minute gift that’s hurriedly bought and carelessly given means little, and may reflect a hurried, careless heart which is doing the giving. The gift that’s given with thought and care put into it, and given from a heart of gratitude