09 Feb

A Surge of Hope…

Dear Friends, I am on the proverbial “Cloud 9” this morning after watching my Razorbacks defeat #1 ranked Auburn in basketball last night.  It was a thrilling game going to overtime, no less, and it looked like large sections of Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville never...

02 Feb

Worshiping, Eating, Praying & Meeting

Dear Friends, This weekend we have an opportunity to experience Presbyterianism at its best.  On Saturday morning, the Presbyterian Women will hold their annual Prayer Gathering.  This will be held virtually, eliminating weather, Covid, distance, or inconvenience as impediments to participation.  There is nothing more vital...

26 Jan

Naming our Gifts

Dear Friends, You’ve likely heard the old adage, “live by the sword, die by the sword.”  Our modern day “sword” is technology, and it has served us faithfully and well over the past twenty-two months, enabling us to worship and be together virtually.  But on Sunday,...

19 Jan

God’s Masterpiece

Dear friends, Driving to work this morning, I was enjoying the winter landscape outside my car window when I remembered something I learned in school:  that each snowflake is unique.  I pondered that thought as I drove, wondering if that can actually be true.  After all,...

12 Jan

Lessons of Wintering

Dear Friends, Apparently, some people love cold weather.  I am not one of them, so I cannot offer this report based on personal experience; only on what has been told to me by the polar-embracing folks I know.  I do think snow is beautiful—when I’m watching...

06 Jan

New Year Reflections

Dear Friends, What an interesting start to the new year!  On the one hand, Covid still rages via the Omicron variant, forcing disruptive airline flight cancellations over Christmas, changes to eagerly anticipated New Year’s plans, and more adaptations in our lives and our church.  Yet on...

21 Dec

From the Pastor’s Desk…

Dear Friends, Absolutely the last thing I want to talk about the week of Christmas is the coronavirus.  I mean, seriously.  I am sick to death of Covid (though not literally, I hope!)  Still, the news on the latest variant is so disturbing and discouraging that...

16 Dec

Becoming the Gift

Dear Friends, We are just a few days away from the winter solstice.  Next Tuesday, December 21st, at 10:59 a.m. EST, the sun will reach its southernmost point in the sky for the year.  For those of us in the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice marks...

08 Dec

Preparing to Birth Something…in YOU

Dear Friends, We are now half-way through the season of Advent.  Over the years, I have developed a deeper and deeper appreciation for this liturgical season, which invites us to slow down, anticipate, and prepare for the coming of Jesus, rather than rush straightaway to the...