Come with Joy

November 8, 2020/2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5 In a country that prides itself on its democratic government, we would do well to recognize that even the best governments – and leaders – are often quirky and difficult and downright messy.  If we had any doubts, if we were under the illusion that the “perfect” candidate was… Read More Come with Joy


Giving Thanks

Luke 17:11-19 Preached October 16, 2022, at Westminster Presbyterian, Westminster, SC Back in the spring of 2018 a group of sociologists reported the results of a study they had conducted on gratitude.  The authors of the study were curious about how often people expressed gratitude when someone provided them with a product or service.  What… Read More Giving Thanks


June 19, 2022/Ephesians 4:1-16 In early May, Presbyterian Outlook published an article titled “Small but steady witness: Big lessons from little churches.”  The writer, a Presbyterian minister who had served for five years in a small, rural congregation, noted that small churches are often dismissed as inconsequential because they are small – “When churches are… Read More One

Hearing the Familiar for the First Time

May 8, 2022/Psalm 23 On any given Sunday during the course of worship, we find ourselves repeating ancient words that have been inscribed on our hearts through years of church-going, study, and prayer.  The Apostles’ Creed.  The Lord’s Prayer.  The laudatory, thanks-filled words of the Doxology and the Gloria Patri.  Providence Presbyterian’s own covenants.  We… Read More Hearing the Familiar for the First Time

Ugly Feet

April 15, 2022/Maundy Thursday John 13:1-17, 31b-35 It was the normal chit-chat between people who don’t know each other beyond offering a non-personal greeting or comment on the weather.  We were waiting outside the group exercise studio for the earlier class to end.  I don’t think she would have asked the question she did if… Read More Ugly Feet