“Beyond Welcome and into God’s Freedom”

A Sermon on Isaiah 61:1-4 and Galatians 3:26-29 by Deborah Krause, for the Regional Conference at Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO, February 16, 2013: ‘…What does it mean to say “We Invite All?” Just who do “we” think we are? Who are these all we think we invite? Do they really want to come? If so, where the heck are they? And more seriously, just where do “we” imagine we are – to do this inviting of these “all” we welcome?…’

Forgetting Reinhold Niebuhr

A Sermon on Isaiah 58:9-14 and Galatians 5:13-15 by Chris Henry at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, November 4, 2012: “…So, remembering Reinhold Niebuhr calls the church back to its God-given prophetic task in the community and in the world. When people are suffering in our nation and around the world, the church is called to respond. When injustice and hatred deny to some the abundant life God offers to all, the demands of the gospel compel us to speak and to act. Niebuhr was right: the church must never shrink from its call to be the body of Christ beyond the walls of the sanctuary. But there is a difference between Niebuhr’s Christian Realism and the idealistic activism of the Social Gospel movement that he finally dismissed. The difference is Niebuhr’s emphatic insistence on humility and his awareness of the ubiquity of sin. If we were able to ask Reinhold Niebuhr which aspect of the current political climate most exasperated him, my guess would be this: the self-righteousness of all sides…”

A Biblical Perspective on Homosexuality

A Sermon by Louise Westfall to Central Presbyterian Church, Denver, Colorado, on July 17, 2011.

The Family of God, by Cliff Kirkpatrick

Friends in the Covenant Network, it is great to be here!  While I have appreciated being with you often in my role as Stated Clerk, it is nice to be here not because of my role, but because I believe in the cause – because this is my family! It is a special serendipity – […]

Hospitality

How might it affect the work of the assembly, if some unexpected person were to show up with some tears for washing away the dirt of the church and some ointment for healing its members?

Don’t Give Up

Dr. Eugene C. Bay Pastor, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania Sermon Saturday – November 6, 2004  If you have come to this concluding moment of our conference expecting, perhaps even desiring, something more on the topic of sexual ethics, I must apologize. I can neither add to nor improve upon what has already […]