Civil Liberties and Covid 19

There is a great difference between being ordered to stay in our homes and doing so voluntarily. I am very skeptical that the government can order us to not gather…

An Easter Observation

This is the first Easter I know of that the First Presbyterian Church is completely empty...except for me. I did my usual morning tour of the building and thought of…

Debts / Sins / Trespasses

It is interesting how different denominations have different ways of reciting the Lord's prayer. There is one difference specifically that sets denominations apart and that is the line: "Forgive us…

Christmas Benediction – 2018

Christmas is a beautiful, peaceful, exciting, solemn, time of the year depending on who you are and your personality. I think God comes to us where we are. This year…

Bishop Baraga

My wife and I travelled to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this past weekend. We went through L'Anse. While there we visited a Shrine to Bishop Baraga. It was a…

Presbyterian Church Structure

The Presbyterian structure operates on several levels. These levels are made up of representative bodies. They begin with the Congregation, and include the session and deacons. The session elects representatives…

Ex Nihilo

Most Christians believe the universe was created by God from absolutely nothing. The world then was said to be created ex nihilo. Like many theological terms, ex nihilo is Latin.…

Ascribing to God

In Psalm 29, the psalmist tells us to “ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.” (NIV) Reading this got me to wonder exactly what the Hebrew is for “ascribe” in…

Ordination

The dry definition of ordination is "the conferring of holy orders on someone." This of course does not really get to the very essence of the idea. I was in…