Ruth and I are enjoying a pleasant evening on the porch, punctuated by terribly loud, terribly rude large firecrackers in our neighborhood. We returned from Saint Louis yesterday at midnight and I preached this morning. You can see my sermon videos here and listen to audio recordings here. Our visit to Saint Louis was very… Continue reading July 4, 2021 — General Assembly
I spent a lot of time last week on the Reformed Lectionary project. I did a huge amount of work last year, and that was a great foundation. But I made some mistakes, left a lot of loose ends, and didn't do much with the Old Testament. Last week I thoroughly revamped the gospel, epistle,… Continue reading June 27, 2021 — Pressing Forward
Ruth and I just returned from Scranton, where I preached at Hope Presbyterian Church. A couple took us out for a delightful lunch afterward and we stopped to see Ruth's mother on the way home. I'm doing a fair bit of preaching this summer. I'll be back in the pulpit at our church in two… Continue reading June 20, 2021 — Operations
We're hardly overworked, but we had a very busy spring. I put a lot of time into preparing the summer conference last month, then Sunday School, preaching, meetings, etc. filled out time. The summer doesn't look quite as packed, so I am turning my attention to the future. I dispensed with a lot of office… Continue reading June 13, 2021 — Office and the Future
Ruth and I have spent the afternoon in our air-conditioned living room avoiding the 91° heat - a sharp contrast to last weekend's chill. This was a magnificent weekend! On Friday most of the Mid-Atlantic staff came to town and we had a wonderful evening together. Michael and Natasha Goodlin hosted us. Michael smoked the… Continue reading June 6, 2021 — Staff Retreat!
Well, it was a big weekend! Two weddings did not take most of my time last week, but they were the most engaging. Ruth and I attended a funeral for a long-time member of our church on Tuesday. Matt (our pastor) preached a wonderful sermon. The next day I drove to Lancaster and spent several… Continue reading June 2, 2021 — Weddings!
Two weeks ago was non-stop activity with a lot of teaching and interacting with students and campus ministers at our Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference. Last week was catching up on home and office work. I spent good part of one day updating our mailing list and sending receipts and an update to our donors. Matt (our… Continue reading May 23, 2021 — Catch-up
It was an amazing week! Our pastor, Matt Franchetti, preached from Ruth each evening, Oliver Pierce (IUP) organized the worship team, Nate Bower (Akron) produced sporting events, Calais (Intern at Penn State) took pictures, and campus ministers taught seminars. I wrote Bible studies and devotional guides, and taught three seminars. Peter Green (WVU) did all… Continue reading May 16, 2021 — Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference
We're here and we're exhausted! Ruth and I pulled into Doubling Gap Center near Carlisle, PA late this afternoon, and by now all but one minister and a couple of students have arrived. Last week was very good, but packed. I was grateful to finish Sunday's sermon on Wednesday. On Thursday I wrote the devotional… Continue reading May 9, 2021 — At Doubling Gap!
I finished the Bible studies for our summer conference! I am modestly satisfied with them, and I hope they will be helpful to the students next week. Then I moved on to devotional guides. The sermons will be from the book of Ruth, so I wrote Bible studies on Jesus' encounters with women in the… Continue reading May 2, 2021 — Countdown