Advent resources

Going to the Altar

The claim has recently been made in this space that God has given the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) a moment of grace, following years of intense warfare, in which we have an opportunity to rethink who we are called to be and what God is calling us Presbyterians to do in the new century — to rekindle our commitment to Jesus Christ and to reinvigorate our mission to the world for which he died.

Post-9/11 spiritual revival may be lagging, but people are reviewing their priorities

It’s been a distressing, violent year since hijacked planes plunged into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The months since then have brought a whole crop of pain around the world — suicide bombings in the Middle East, retaliation in Palestinian villages, war in Afghanistan, Hindus and Muslims attacking one another in India, a Russian plane filled with children falling from the sky, to name just a few. And, in the United States, economic news so bad that almost everyone knows someone who’s lost a job.

Keep Hoping and Pray

The tragedies occurring in Pakistan have devastated Christians around the world. Pakistani Christians are at risk in our hospitals, our schools and..

A Big Yearning for a Little Heresy

I have always had a strong desire to be tried for heresy.  Heretics are exciting people while orthodoxy such as mine is completely unremarkable and rather dull.  I am not so daring as to want to be convicted of heresy but to be charged with heresy would be a great delight.  I assume that every physician longs to get sick so he can diagnose himself. 


September is here: the beginning of a new school year for many (both religious and secular); the celebration of Labor Day, honoring laborers of every kind and their labor; and, for the first time, the remembering of the awful events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, a day of infamy which the people of this nation will long remember.

No Empty Return

More than 60 years ago, in an era of enormous instability and hardship, my father often journeyed into remote regions of North..

A Moment of Grace

God has given the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) a moment of grace to dream new dreams, to see new visions, to lay aside the weapons of warfare, and to rethink mission and strategy on a truly grand scale.

At the end of a quarter century of nearly continuous contentiousness, it is as if a boil has been lanced, followed by an experience of relief, a weary contingent of God’s people wanting to move beyond the trenches that divided and to move forward into a future of obedience and service.

Boyz ‘N Mt. Hood

According to the Apostle Paul we are commanded not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought, but to think of ourselves with sober judgment (Romans 12:3).  This is naturally easier said than done.  My grown children still do not always think soberly -- a situation that occurs every time they disagree with me.