What’s Love Got to Do With It

When our children were young Brad and I would volunteer at the Center City Homeless Shelter. From time to time we would take the two younger ones with us, as their older siblings had something else to do. We would arrive at 6 p.m. on a Friday night and leave after breakfast on Saturday about […]

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God Goes to Family Court

As I was reading Isaiah’s prophetic critique of the ways of the kingdom of Judah this week I thought of…Homer Simpson, the buffoonish father at the center of the longest-running animated TV series in history, The Simpsons. In one episode, Homer (the buffoonish father of the family) discovers that he’s finally made enough money to […]

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Render No One Evil for Evil

By Rev. Dr. Sally Brown I’m glad to be here worshipping with you week to week these days, and so glad to be able to help out JC and be here in the pulpit today.  We’ve traded places; I’m usually in Princeton all week, and that is where JC is right now with the “Log […]

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By Rev. J.C. Austin – June 23, 2019 When we began telling people that my wife Tammy was pregnant with our son Liam, people began asking all kinds of questions, from close friends to total strangers. Some were polite and kind, while some felt a bit intrusive. But my favorite arose from time to time, […]

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By Rev. J.C. Austin – June 16, 2019 When I was about five years old, I discovered gold in my backyard.  As you might imagine, it was pretty exciting.  It started off uneventfully: my brother and I had been busy all afternoon with my Mom’s gardening tools, innocently vandalizing an overgrown area she didn’t care […]

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By Rev. J.C. Austin – June 9, 2019 The city of New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the world. I would argue it has the richest and most distinctive culture of any major U.S. city. Known as Creole culture, it arose in New Orleans as a rich stew of nationalities that lived […]

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The Better Part (#ChristCentered)

By Rev. J.C. Austin – June 2, 2019 Perhaps the most dreaded phrase you can hear from your teacher when you’re a kid in school is, “I’m assigning a group project.” Looking back on it, I assume that teachers assigned group projects as a means of not simply teaching the course material, but teaching a […]

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How’s Your Vision?

When Steve and I were young pastors serving the First Presbyterian Church of Medford, Oregon, we took 19 junior and senior highs on a three-week go-and-serve trip to Southeast Alaska.  One week was spent in the Tlingit Indian village of Angoon, where we painted the floor of the sanctuary of the local Presbyterian Church and […]

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The Well-Dressed Christian

One of the interesting things about serving this church is who recognizes me out on the street in Bethlehem. People at the contemporary worship service don’t have any trouble, because what I wear in that service is, more or less, what I wear in “normal life.” But people from the traditional service sometimes have a […]

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