Letters from General Minister

I am Here Because of the Vaccine

July 29, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, July 29, 2021 I am Here Because of the Vaccine  In last week’s letter I suggested that we might gain new appreciation for the biblical/theological word …


Proclamation of the Gospel in a Time of Pandemic

July 22, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, July 22, 2021 Proclamation of the Gospel in a Time of Pandemic The first of the church’s “Great Ends” is “the proclamation of the gospel for …


Essentials

July 15, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, July 15, 2021 Essentials  First principles. Foundations. Roots. We use various terms to describe things that are indispensable to our operations, our products, our projects, and …


In Dependence

July 1, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, July 1, 2021 In Dependence Today Canadians celebrate their 1867 grant of self-governance within the British Empire, and on Sunday the United States marks its national …


Working Together

June 24, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, June 24, 2021 Working Together “We are God’s servants, working together.” (1 Corinthians 3:9) This declaration by Paul follows his discussion of how the members of …


Sufficient

June 17, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, June 17, 2021 Sufficient The Presbyterian liturgy for commissioning people to service includes a wonderful line of promise: “The grace bestowed on you in baptism is …


A New Emergence

June 10, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, June 10, 2021 A New Emergence I grow petunias. Or I should better say, God grows petunias in my flowerpots. For years I transplanted seedlings I …


The Trinity – A Most Practical Doctrine

May 27, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, May 27, 2021 On the first Trinity Sunday in my new call, I dutifully took a stab at preaching on the mystery of the Trinity, after …


The Power of Being Together

May 20, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, May 20, 2021 When Jesus left his disciples at his ascension, he gave them one assignment: Wait together in Jerusalem. The outpouring of the Spirit at …


Escape or Transcend?

May 13, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, May 13, 2021 Today the church celebrates the fourth great festival that marks the arc of Jesus’ life. The first three are well-known to us – …


Without Undue Delay

May 6, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, May 6, 2021 Our “Directory for Worship” instructs that children’s baptism should be administered “without undue haste or undue delay.” (Book of Order W-3.0403) Such a …


The Long Haul

April 29, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, April 29, 2021 Twenty-five years ago Rev. Harry Hassall published a guide for new church member orientation, Presbyterians: People of the Middle Way. In it he …


Solidarity or Distancing?

April 22, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, April 22, 2021 In last week’s letter I noted how eyewitnesses to the risen Lord turned the world upside down. According to biblical records, those that …


What Have You Seen?

April 15, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, April 15, 2021 Before his crucifixion, Jesus’ primary agenda with his closest followers is to make them disciples. Followers. He seeks to change their way of …


The Most Blessed of Believers

April 8, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, April 8, 2021   The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! This familiar Easter litany, dating back to the church’s earliest days, is more than …