Pastor Note #69: Death and the Victory of Christ

DEATH AND THE VICTORY OF CHRIST: Living and Dying Well You are going to die.  So am I.  This is a fundamental and unavoidable truth for all human beings, and how we deal with that great truth can have a profound impact on how well we live and on how well we die.  Sadly, many … Continue reading

Sermon #55 — The Victor’s Battle Cry and our Easter Victory Gift

AN AUDIO SERMON [see link below] By rising from the dead — raising us up with him — Jesus Christ has won the great victory and has, thus, restored to us our eternal significance which death had stripped us of. Death is a powerful and ever-present reality for human beings.  And for us death doesn’t … Continue reading

Poem #1 My Grandma’s Old, Orange Cat

MY GRANDMA’S OLD, ORANGE CAT My grandma had an old, orange cat Older than me when I knew him. A stern companion, Not always patient with little boys, He bore his age With as much dignity as an old cat can, Though in his last summer The flies bothered him. In the end, he liked … Continue reading

Bible Note #13 — 1 Peter 1:23-25

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.  For, ‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’ (Isaiah 40:6-8)” 1 … Continue reading

Pastor Note #30 — Death and the Embodiment of Love

Yesterday, I was looking over the annual report for my congregation for 2011.  I was surprised to see that only five of our members died during the year.  It was surprise to me, because I had done more than twice that many funeral in 2011.  Now that I’ve been here in the community for nine … Continue reading

Pastor Note #26 — After His Dad Died

{The following post is the text of a letter I wrote to a man in his early fifties shortly after his father died.} Dear F., There is an ache and strangeness that comes when our parents die.   I don’t think it really matters a lot how old we or they are when that happens. I … Continue reading

Pastor Note #23 — Marking Time

Seasons come and go, cycling from one to the next.  Our calendars turn from one year to the next.  Time passes along, steadily, inescapably, unavoidably, relentlessly. Recently, I was sitting in the dental chair waiting for my dentist to finish with another patient across the room.  The dentist was saying something to that patient about … Continue reading

Pastor Note #22 –Life, Death, Meaning, and Love

I’m sitting in Wegman’s café drinking a cup of their dark roast coffee.  It’s a little to much for me, actually.  I am a consumer of very large quantities of coffee.  But I have to admit that that strong, dark roast coffee is sometimes just a little too much for my mouth.  I want very … Continue reading

Pastor Notes #19

{A note sent to a family whose dog had just been euthanized because of cancer.} Dear Ts, What pain love can bring into our lives!  Whenever we give our hearts in love, we make ourselves vulnerable to sorrow.  Yet in spite of any sorrow that comes into our lives by way of love, the richness … Continue reading

Prayer Notes #8

The following is an excerpt from much longer piece that I edited and updated from a classic manual of piety from  early seventeenth century England.  Feel free to make use of this in any way that will be helpful to the body of Christ.  Two requests:  mention where your got it and don’t make money … Continue reading