Weekly Ponderings

November 2015

Finding Our Kneeling Places

Dear friends, As I’ve been preparing for our worship services in Advent, I’ve come across a book of Poems by Ann Weems, a Presbyterian Elder, lecturer and popular poet, titled “Kneeling in Bethlehem.”  I found quite a few of her poems meaningful.  It’s quite possible her poems will make appearances in our worship services or my sermons this Advent Season.  I want to share with you in this e-pondering one of them.  Its title is: “In...


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Giving Thanks

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, It just seems like yesterday I was walking with Wendell through our neighborhood with his friends as they went trick or treating.  And yet, the Thanksgiving Holiday will be upon us in less than a week.  Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and give thanks.  During this season of Thanksgiving it’s helpful to pause and ponder the reasons we give thanks.  What is the purpose of our Thanksgiving?  Many of...


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Being Salt and Light

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This past week, I listened to a story about the most recent survey from the Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life.  The headline reads:  U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious.  In 2014 the religiously unaffiliated (also called the “nones”) now account for 23% of the adult population, which is up from 16% in 2007.  What is the cause of this increase in the religiously unaffiliated?  Statistically it’s being...


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