Pastor Ken’s Blog

Friday, May 19, 2017

A thoughtful charge to a graduating class of 2017, by Michael Jinkins.

“Thinking Out Loud”      Check it out

 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A summary of the most recent Presbytery meeting.

“The In-Between Times”      Check it out

 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A helpful devotional from our Transitional Presbyter of Chicago Presbytery, Debbie Rundlett.

“Mary Said Yes.”      Check it out

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The morning Psalm for today seems fitting after the debate last night between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton:

Morning Psalm 12

1   Help, O LORD, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;
the faithful have disappeared from humankind.
2   They utter lies to each other;
with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

3   May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
the tongue that makes great boasts,
4   those who say, “With our tongues we will prevail;
our lips are our own — who is our master?”

5   “Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,
I will now rise up,” says the LORD;
“I will place them in the safety for which they long.”
6   The promises of the LORD are promises that are pure,
silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.

7   You, O LORD, will protect us;
you will guard us from this generation forever.
8   On every side the wicked prowl,
as vileness is exalted among humankind.

 

September 26, 2016

In today’s daily scripture readings – which anyone can get sent to their email address by signing up online here – one of the Psalms of the day was Psalm 73.   This Evening Psalm is a very honest Psalm to me:

Truly God is good to the upright,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
my steps had nearly slipped.
We expect God to be good to others, whom we hold in high esteem, others we think are “pure in heart.”  But we tend to think a bit less of ourselves.  There are times we find ourselves living “on the edge,” on a slippery slope, which could all too easily slide us into sin and separation from God’s ways.  Thankfully God is close by to help, as this Psalm concludes:

But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
to tell of all your works.

 

July 11, 2016

On Facebook I found this link regarding the scripture texts which supposedly address the topic of homosexuality.  I found it interesting – perhaps you will as well.

http://www.upworthy.com/there-are-6-scriptures-about-homosexuality-in-the-bible-heres-what-they-really-say

One of our church members shared this article with me – on Altruism.  I think it is right on!  We are more motivated by morality and a desire to serve than we are by financial and economic transactions.  Check it out:

June 15, 2016

Yesterday I found a very helpful article on inter-faith relations, an important consideration today, especially in the United States.  We are now the most religiously diverse country in the world.  How do I, as a Christian of the Presbyterian / Reformed family, interact with friends and neighbors who are of other faith traditions?

Charles Wiley has a most helpful word on this.  Charles works with the Presbyterian Mission Agency of our church, and is an all around good guy.  He also makes beautiful furniture.  Check out his article on ‘Why Jesus-Loving Presbyterians Should Care About People of Other Faiths.’

https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/jesus-loving-presbyterians-care-people-faiths

June 9, 2016

I am providing here a copy of an excellent resource from our Presbyterian Peacemaking program, called “Seeking to Be Faithful Together: Guidelines for Presbyterians During Times of Disagreement.” This document contains ten guidelines, as well as some commentary on them, including a biblical basis for each.  These are helpful in our life together as a church, as we seek to fulfill one of the ordination vows, to “further the peace, unity and purity of the Church.”

Seeking to Be Faithful Together: Guidelines for Presbyterians During Times of Disagreement.

 

June 1, 2016

Just what kind of a word is blog anyway?  Whatever it is, I will be “blogging here” – writing some occasional words, from time to time.