Public Reading of Scripture

February 13, 2020

Hello GRC! Last year we tried something new, unsure of whether it’d “succeed.”  We had rotations of GRCers come to the sanctuary hour after hour, to read from a big Bible in the pulpit, continuing until we finished.  We livestreamed the vast majority of that effort to share with one another and the world.  And… … Read More

Goodbye For Now

February 6, 2020

Last week Betsy and I had to put down our dog, Scout (named after Jean Louise Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird). Scout was part of the family for 16 years. Scout was part beagle, bred to sniff out and chase rabbits. We didn’t have any rabbits, so she chased tennis balls instead. Chasing balls … Read More

Blessed to be a Blessing & Blessed to Watch that Blessing

January 30, 2020

I’ve always found great encouragement and direction from God’s pronouncement to Abraham in Genesis 2:2-3, “ I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” It has compelled me to consider how God has blessed me so that I can bless others.  I’m sure that most of us … Read More

Why Being Obedient is Good!

January 23, 2020

If you had asked me a few years ago if I ever saw myself working in a church, I would have chuckled!  After a great 30-year career at NYU I imagined my next move would be related to college coaching or something of the like.  After retiring I took some time off to focus on … Read More

The Connectional Body of Christ

January 16, 2020

How do you think of your faith in relationship to other Christians?  Truth is, most people don’t much.  Our society conditions us to think of faith as personal and private, our own spirituality.  It’s certainly personally meaningful and spiritual, but private?  That’s not the biblical perspective. God saves us into a relationship with him and … Read More

Fighting Anxiety with Promises from God

January 9, 2020

This past year, I have taken a special interest in what the Bible has to say about anxiety. It is one of those things that seems to fuel all sorts of fires (at least in my life). Anxiety can paralyze me, telling me to obsess over myself and what people think of me. It makes … Read More

Assume Best Intentions

January 2, 2020

“Love is a lovely grace; ‘Love thinks no evil.’  (I Cor. xiii. 5).  It puts the best interpretation upon another’s words.  Love is a well-wisher, and it is rare to speak ill of him we wish well to.  Love is that which cements Christians together; it is the healer of division, and the hinderer of … Read More

One Last Christmas Song

December 26, 2019

Another Christmas has come and gone.  Soon it will be time to take down the tree and the ornaments, and pack them away for next year.  Next week we’ll be watching the huddled masses yearning to breathe free in Times Square.  And then our vision will improve, for we’ll all see 2020. But before all … Read More

Responding in Faith

December 19, 2019

Every Christmas season when I hear the story of the angel Gabriel telling Mary she’ll give birth to the Son of God, I wonder about what moved Mary to respond the way she did.  She responded immediately, surrendering to her role in God’s plan.  What was she thinking?  She most likely knew how difficult giving … Read More

Bah! Humbug!

December 12, 2019

It’s Christmas season. Drag the decorations from the attic. Move furniture. Put the trees in place. Hang the wreaths outside. And the lights. The Health Club I go to has an inflatable dinosaur outside wishing me “Happy Holidays.” There’s house down the street, with a rattan deer on its front lawn with a life-like quizzical … Read More