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A Passion for Public Justice

May 26, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, May 26, 2022 A Passion for Public Justice  Reformed Christians have it in their DNA to care deeply about social justice. Before he was a theologian …


PNews 5/26/22

May 26, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

A Passion for Public Justice From its inception, the Reformed movement, of which Presbyterianism is the primary American expression, has held that Christ calls us to make a difference in the world. Protesting the unbridled proliferation of guns is surely …


PNews 5/12/22

May 19, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Spurring Each Other On As we emerge from a pandemic that kept us apart, we are finding that being together inspires us to reach higher, to be stronger, to enjoy more fully our calling. And this is precisely what happens …


Together Again – But Just Like Before?

May 19, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, May 19, 2022 Together Again – But Just Like Before?[i] The psalmist exults, “How blessed it is when kindred live together!” (Psalm 133:1) We usually cite …


Spurring Each Other On

May 12, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, May 12, 2022 Spurring Each Other On “…not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…” (Hebrews 10:25) As our …


PNews 5/5/22

May 5, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Celebration! In this week’s newsletter, Ralph and Brian talk about the importance of celebration in the life of the church and reflect on how we mark milestones in our lives. read more >>> 2022 Worship and Music Conference The Presbyterian …


PNews 4/28/22

April 28, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Everywhere and Always Yes, Jesus is with us wherever we gather in his name, and wherever we partake of his body and blood at his table. But Jesus always turns us back out to the world where he is truly …


Everywhere and Always

April 28, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, April 28, 2022 Everywhere and Always “Ubiquity.” I love words, especially words that you don’t run into very often. Words like “ubiquity.” When theologians talk about …


PNews 4/21/2022

April 21, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Two-Handed Theology The world is suffering. Christ is risen! Both are true. Taken together, they constitute our hope and our mission. Easter invites us to two-handed theology: Bible and newspaper together; might and tenderness together; suffering and comfort together; grief …


Two-Handed Theology

April 21, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, April 21, 2022 Two-Handed Theology Margaret Buchanan’s octogenarian eyes twinkled as she recounted to me one of her favorite children’s sermon stories from her days as …


Were You There?

April 14, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, April 14, 2022 Were You There? As darkness settles in on the night before Jesus is crucified – the night we call “Maundy Thursday” – everything …


PNews 4/14/22

April 14, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Were You There? Where are we on the night we call Maundy Thursday, in the story of salvation that Scripture unfolds to us scene by scene? A beloved African-American spiritual gets to this by asking, “Were you there when they …


PNews 4/7/22

April 7, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

A Time to Weep As he entered Jerusalem, Jesus began to weep, even as the crowd’s acclamations for his triumphal entry were still ringing in the air. Jesus’ anguish was not that they rejected his words or actions, but that …


A Time to Weep

April 7, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, April 7, 2022 A Time to Weep As a child I was part of a Sunday School that from time to time ran contests on who …


The Church’s True Beauty

March 31, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, March 31, 2022 The Church’s True Beauty Seriously? The church is “beautiful”? We know all too well the church’s ugliness. Its shortcomings. Its divisions. Its judgmentalism. …