Letters from the General Minister

On Making Rules

September 8, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 8, 2022 On Making Rules Mike Krzyzewski, the renowned former basketball coach at Duke University, was asked how he went about making rules for his …


Measuring Church Vitality

September 1, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 1, 2022 Measuring Church Vitality Presbyterians love to document things. The meeting records of the Consistory (the church’s regional governing council) in Geneva during the …


Sanctuary

August 18, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 18, 2022 Sanctuary “Praise God in his sanctuary!” the psalmist cries out. A sanctuary is literally a place set apart. It is a place of …


The Things We Do for Love

August 11, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 11, 2022 The Things We Do for Love  Last week’s letter, What’s Love Got to Do with It?, explored the necessity of pastors loving their …


What’s Love Got to Do with It?

August 4, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 4, 2022 What’s Love Got to Do with It?  Many of you know I like to use popular songs as sermon titles. Last Sunday my …


Escaping the Echo Chamber

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

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, July 28, 2022 Escaping the Echo Chamber The January 6 hearings have revealed a great deal of what went on in the White House in the …


A Time to Reflect

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

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, July 21, 2022 A Time to Reflect Last week you received my letter indicating my plan to retire at the end of this year. Such decisions …


225th General Assembly Action Highlights

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

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, July 14, 2022 225th General Assembly Action Highlights This year’s General Assembly convened over the period of June 17 through July 9. Committees met in person …


Remembering Deliverance

June 16, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, June 16, 2022 Remembering Deliverance It is human nature to quickly forget occasions when we were set free from distress. The story of just one of …


Let It Go

June 9, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, June 9, 2022 Let it Go I was not born with the gift of nonchalance. Ever since I can remember, I cared deeply about things being …


Confidentiality and Transparency

June 2, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, June 2, 2022 Confidentiality and Transparency  Each year, as we orient new members of presbytery committees, we discuss two core values to which our presbytery is …


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 …


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 …


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 …