Pastor’s Ponderings

The Making of a Civilized Society

My wife, Pat, posed an interesting question to me a couple of weeks ago: What distinguishes a civilized society from a barbarian society? The question was prompted as she read a book about Michael Rockefeller, the 23-year-old son of Nelson Rockefeller, who disappeared off the coast of Dutch New Guinea

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Hour of His Return

The Hour of His Return

Editors Note: This column was originally published in January of 2011.  Since that time, Cliff Lee retired from baseball, Harold Camping passed away, and May 21, 2011 came and went like any other day.  While some of the particulars in this piece are dated, the overarching message about the Second

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On Dinosaurs and Dictaphones

Stan Ott, a long-time member here at Leidy’s church, is a dinosaur. He told me so himself. That means my statement is not an ad hominem smear nor is it some sort of malicious gossip.  Perhaps I should give you some context for that statement. When Stan graduated from law

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Graveyard

Your Opinion Matters

Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790. In the weeks leading to that day Franklin, knowing his death was imminent, had his nurse go into his attic and bring down a picture he had owned for years but kept stored in his attic. He had her place the picture at

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Water droplets on shower wall

On Love and Squeegees

I had a startling revelation the other day: I realized I loved my wife. Whoa now! I can tell you’re taking that the wrong way. For almost four decades I have covenantally, joyfully, romantically, faithfully, and knowingly loved my wife. So this was not a new revelation. Rather it was

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In His Image

In His Image

I am challenged by the times in which we live, by the questions that Christians get asked, by the ways of living and thinking that are profoundly foreign to me, and by the ways of thinking and living that are corrosively destructive to my life and faith.  I imagine I

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Light in the Darkness

Great Engulfments of Gratitude

In recent months, I’ve had opportunity to meditate at some length on the matter of gratitude. For instance, why was it that one day, I became extraordinarily filled with gratitude over the simple matter of getting in and out of the shower safely? Answer: Because after having bi-lateral knee replacement

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Crocus

Environmentalism and the Created Order

As the seasons change from winter to spring and we begin to spend more time outdoors, it is only natural that our minds would drift more often to thoughts of the environment.  Perhaps this is why Earth Day is so thoughtfully scheduled right around this time of year! As we

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