Prayer Note #57 — Relying on God vs. Presuming upon God: A Prayer

I am utterly and in every way dependent on your mercy and grace.  My life my salvation, my well-being all of it hangs by the thread of your merciful, kind, gracious disposition toward me.  Your love and desire for my well-being is the only bulwark for me against catastrophe of every sort in my life.  … Continue reading

Pastor Note #74 — Trust and Unity in American Civil Society and Politics

Trust and Unity in American Society and Politics The great debate over these intelligence memos is a painful demonstration of a sickness that is afflicting our society.  We are experiencing a crisis of trust.  A civil society in which people have ceased to trust each other and our foundational institutions is a deep and dangerous … Continue reading

Sermon #1 — Exodus 16:1-35

This sermon is the first in a series exploring this passage.  This sermon focuses especially on what this passage reveals of the character of God and his orientation toward his people. Click here to read Exodus 16:1-35. Click here to listen to this sermon, preached at North Presbyterian Church in Elmira, NY on Sunday, August … Continue reading

Prayer Note #22 — The God of All Things

My Lord, you are the brightness of light warming the darkness and gloom.  You are the great sweeping vista, when I feel stifled and suffocated and trapped.  You are the verdant, well-forested hills that embrace me and hide me, when I fell exposed and vulnerable.  You are the bubbling spring in the desert, the firm, … Continue reading