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March 27, 2020

As I was reflecting on the story of Jesus raising Lazarus, I was struck that despite the happy ending, there was a lot of grief in the early part of the account. Mary and Martha grieved over the illness of Lazarus and sent word to Jesus. After Lazarus’ death, Martha’s grief came out as anger at Jesus for coming too late. And even Jesus wept in grief for Lazarus, despite knowing the outcome. Even when we know all is not ended and life will go on, there is grief.

It’s the same with us now.

Some of the Presbytery’s ministers met virtually the other day — a screen full of faces in a scene becoming more common everywhere. We talked about the adjustments we’re making i...

March 16, 2020

Where do we start? We feel threatened by something we can’t see but whose results are increasingly, painfully obvious. It’s a time to breathe deeply, admit we are confused and stunned, then to pray, and stick together in spirit and in reality.

There are websites to help tell us, "What it means, What is True, and What to do." Some very tense religious people are going to insist that their Scripture answers all these questions. Some quote Psalm 91:5-6: “You will not fear the terror of the night, . . . , or the plague that stalks in darkness.” “Trust God and pray,” say others. There’s nothing wrong with that but we can’t then just sit back. God’s answers to our pra...

Westminster Presbyterian Church has been blessed by its involvement with African Christians, both in a local way and in overseas partnership.

Locally, we have been blessed by the participation of many immigrant families from Africa - largely West Africa. They have brought new perspectives to our work, introductions to our mission partners in Africa, and new awareness of the struggles faced by immigrants and refugees, along with ways to help. 

For almost two decades, Westminster Presbyterian Church has shared in several mission projects in West Africa developed through the contacts our immigrant members brought to the church. Our efforts started in Ghana and widen...

February 25, 2020

Hang around a church this time of year, and eventually you’ll get asked what you’re giving up for Lent.

The tradition of fasting from food, alcohol, or anything you devote a lot of your time to is derived from Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness at the beginning of his ministry. So our efforts to abstain from certain foods, alcohol, chocolate, Facebook, video games, or cursing can be noble pursuits.

We also realize our attempts at fasting from this or that have been about as successful as our New Year’s resolutions or our commitment to the latest best-selling diet. For many of us these attempts at doing without are but a flash-in-the-pan, glittering promises of a...

February 3, 2020

Versions of this have floated around churches for 20 or more years. I adapted it to fit Westminster.

Reason #10: 

You are at a point in your life where you’re interested in going to church whether or not it will thrill your parents or make friends chuckle.

Reason #9:

You are put off by hierarchy and energized by community. Us too.

Reason #8:

You are looking for a spiritual community where not everyone believes the same things. WPC does not expect you to “leave your brain at the door” when you come to church. Quite the opposite. This is a congregation that values education and thoughtfulness. You will find a wide diversity of theological and political beliefs. We real...

December 17, 2019

Isaiah 7:10 -16

A favorite Peanuts cartoon shows Linus sitting on his doghouse and typing furiously. When asked what he is composing, Linus answers he is writing a book on theology. The book will be titled, “So Have You Thought You Might Be Wrong?”

It is very easy to dismiss the Virgin Birth as old fashioned, a myth created by religious people long ago but no more real than Santa Claus. But, maybe not.

The idea goes back to the prophet’s battle with the king over what to do to defend a nation against mighty empires that surrounded on all sides.

On the one hand, the king wanted to choose one empire and hope that empire wo...

December 12, 2019

Isaiah 35: 1-10

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,

   the desert shall rejoice and blossom”

When I was in 6th grade, my family spent part of summer at the Ghost Ranch Presbyterian Conference Center near Abiquiu New Mexico. It was a landscape of red rock mesas, scrub brush, cactus and desert. Some was more barren than other parts, with little to nothing growing. At the ranch, we learned that the land had been overgrazed by sheep herds in the past, increasing run-off of what little rain fell. The Ranch staff for years had been helping with replanting of desert grasses and bushes, even some trees. Hillsides were anchored and water retention inc...

December 4, 2019

Isaiah 11:1-10

“They shall not hurt or destroy;”

Now and again there arises a leader who gives hope for the future. So it was long ago in Israel when a new king was born and the prophet wrote of hope…

“And the spirit of the Lord shall be upon him.

So it was in America when Abraham Lincoln spoke of hope -

Let us strive on to bind up the nation’s wounds.”

So it was in our lifetime when John Kennedy spoke of hope -

Let every nation know we shall pay the price to assure the survival of liberty.

So it was when Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of hope - 

I have a dream -

These dreams did not come true, but we continue to dream because we know the dream must come true. One time, lo...