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From the President 8-13-2017

June 21, 2017 marked the 125th anniversary of Reinhold Niebuhr’s birth. Many of you are aware of the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity…

From the President 7-23-2017

I have a few questions for you during these lazy days of July: Why do you go to church? Do you go to be berated?…

From the President 7-9-2017

The preacher’s challenge to the people must always be: “Dare to be different.” Be the you God created you to be and not the you…

From the President 6-25-2017

The other day I started thumbing through sermons preached over the last 43+ years of my ministry. One caught my attention. It was delivered to…

From the President 6-11-2017

There are two things I know that can help improve congregational morale and lead to significant investment in a congregation’s future. They do not come…

From the President 5-28-2017

For those of you who think a mission (or vision statement) will chart the course of your congregation and its leadership into the future, I…

From the President 5-14-2017

Some years ago Brian Stanley, professor of world Christianity at the University of Edinburgh, cited a November 1884 issue of the Juvenile Missionary magazine, the…

From the President 4-23-2017

Some years ago, Peter Vardy, wrote a little book entitled, An Introduction to Kierkegaard. In it Vardy writes:                  “For Kierkegaard, there is nothing higher…

From the President 4-9-2017

Arie Brouwer, Reformed theologian and former general secretary of the Reformed Church in America, former deputy general of the World Council of Churches, and former…

From the President 3-26-2017

Somewhere along the way I came across a list of “intentionally ambiguous job recommendations.” See if you recognize any of these. First the recommendation and…

From the President 3-12-2017

  I am reminded today about the story of the Sunday school teacher who was carefully explaining the biblical account of Elijah the Prophet and…

From the President 2-26-2017

In his address to the entering Freshman Class of 2020 at Yale University, President of Yale University, Peter Salovey, spoke about “Countering False Narratives.” Let’s…