Learning the Discipline of Loving

So you’ve made a commitment to growing spiritually in 2017?  You want to be spiritually stronger, wiser, and more grounded?  You want 2017 to be a year of exponential growth? That’s what this series on Fruitful Discipline is all about.  (Update on January 11, 2017: Listen to the corresponding sermon series on our Covenant-First Presbyterian YouTube … Continue reading Learning the Discipline of Loving

We’re Back! New 2017 Series on “Fruitful Disciplines”

The New Year means it’s time to return to writing the Horizons of the Possible Blog. I’m excited about a new sermon series that I’m doing called “Fruitful Disciplines.”   It’s a 9 week exploration of the fruit of the Spirit, as described in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, … Continue reading We’re Back! New 2017 Series on “Fruitful Disciplines”

The Inspiring Event Two Churches Planned For Racial Harmony (Meditation on Ephesians 2:14)

Racial tension in Cincinnati was at a peak in 2001.  Riots had broken out in downtown.  Distrust ran deep.  You could feel the walls that had been built up in the community over the years.  In that mix, Northminster Presbyterian Church, a predominantly white congregation, and Winton Hills Presbyterian,  a predominantly black congregation, determined that … Continue reading The Inspiring Event Two Churches Planned For Racial Harmony (Meditation on Ephesians 2:14)

Food For Thought: We Are All Scarecrows (Meditation on Ephesians 2:1-5)

First the bad news: we’re all scarecrows. Not the cute “Wizard of Oz” kind of scarecrow, with a winsome song and dance.  Nor the scary “Batman” kind of scarecrow as psychopathic super-villain. No.  We’re the T.S. Eliot kind of scarecrow: “We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with … Continue reading Food For Thought: We Are All Scarecrows (Meditation on Ephesians 2:1-5)

Pray Like A Jazz Soloist – It’ll Set You Free

When I was a child, prayer came naturally.  Like most children, I just spoke with God. But then I became a sophisticated teenager.  Relationships suddenly became vast forests of mystery and complex interactions.  Every conversation was pregnant with both pitfalls and opportunities.  I discovered, as we all do when we leave childhood behind, that people … Continue reading Pray Like A Jazz Soloist – It’ll Set You Free