Wednesday, May 26, 2010

CAREER DAY: What does God look like?

Good morning! It's 7:45am, and I'm at the WV State Fairgrounds for Career Day. Sophomores from Greenbrier County will be discerning their calling by talking with folks in various professions. I'm representing ministry (in Nikes and a cardigan, of course). The students move around the facility by doing a "treasure hunt," in which they have to answer questions about the various professions. My question is, "What does God look like?"

Throughout the day, I'll be asking students to post their answers on this site or Facebook. See what our students have to say!

Grace & peace,

Monday, May 24, 2010

Morning Worship, 5/23/10

Pentecost Sunday means much in our church tradition.  Pentecost it the church's birthday, and the day we celebrate God's gift of the Holy Spirit, which blows among us like a mighty wind.  Pentecost also reminds us of the potential energy God placed within us.  The potential energy to be the church--to sing and serve and...baptize.  Today, we joyously baptize Riley Elizabeth Ward, a child of God.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Morning Worship, 5/16/10

The Bible provides numerous metaphors for the Christian life. In Luke 24, Jesus suggests that the Christian ought to be a "witness." What does it mean to be a witness for our faith? Drawing on the Rev. Dr. Tom Long's work, Stephen takes up that question.


Monday, May 10, 2010

Morning Worship, 5/9/10

Exploring the American history of Mother's Day and Biblical history of motherhood, Stephen argues that what keeps all of us alive in the space between crucifixion and resurrection (where we all live) is a mother's love.

Be sure to listen to the Prelude and Offertory, played exquisitely by Peter Soucop (a 12-year old violinist from Gap Mills).  Enjoy!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Evangelism Profile: Sixth Presbyterian, Pittsburgh

Presbyterian News Service is in the midst of a series of stories on local churches engaged in significant evangelism ministries.  One such church is Sixth Presbyterian, where the famed Rev. Fred Rogers ("Mr. Rogers" to his many fans) belonged. 

Read about Mr. Rogers' church here

PCUSA Leaders Take Stand on Arizona Immigration Law

Three of our denomination's leaders wrote a letter, addressing the hotly-debated Arizona immigration law from a theological perspective. Read it here. What do you think? How do you read Leviticus 19.33-34?

219th General Assembly

This summer our denomination will be gathering in Minneapolis from July 3-10, 2010. Check out to see what issues they will address, read reports which will presented for action, and discern your prayers for our leaders.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Morning Worship, 5/2/10

Paul writes, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--God's good, pleasing and perfect will.” What is the pattern of this world? What does it mean to "be transformed"? How do our minds renew our whole selves? In this final sermon in the Resurrection series, Stephen argues that people of faith must nourish theirs intellectually by reading...the Bible!