Sermon July 23,2017 – JESUS: BRING DOWN THIS WALL! Ephesians 2:11-22

Thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan made a speech at the Brandenburg Gate of the Berlin Wall which divided east and west Germany and symbolized the divisions of the cold war.  During that speech he said to the Soviet premier: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”  People did indeed begin tearing that wall down, bringing […]

Sermon 7/9/17- “Are You Ready?” Luke 10:1-11; Proverbs 6:16-23

Several years ago, I came home for a visit with my parents.  Somewhere in the course of a week, I had dinner with my two cousins Danielle and Shay.  Despite being very close, our childhood memories might suggest otherwise.  One memory shared common ground with our texts from this morning.   My cousins were gifted […]

Sermon 6/25/17: ELIJAH AND JESUS Luke 9:51-56 II Kings 2:1-14

One of the things I have enjoyed about using the narrative lectionary this past year is the way it focuses on helping people connect the dots through the Bible.  Though I am departing from that lectionary a bit this summer, I’m still thinking about the connections.  A particularly fascinating connection for me in the Bible […]

Sermon 6/18/17: THE BODY OF CHRIST Luke 22:14-20 John 15:5, 9-15

Today is a highly significant day in the life of this particular part of the Body of Christ, at Central Presbyterian Church.  For the first time in 22 years we welcome to our church staff and family a full time Associate Pastor, Noelle Henry Read. From 1959 till 1995 Central had Associate Pastors, and if […]