Weekly Newsletter

PNews 0 4/15/21

April 15, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery What Have You Seen? A good lawyer will try to seat multiple witnesses in trial proceedings, each of which provides detail that supplements what others have reported. Similarly, the witness of the Gospels is strengthened rather …


PNews – 4/8/21

April 7, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Is Seeing Really Believing? Most of us are familiar with the “Doubting Thomas” story. Aren’t we all like Thomas, slow to accept the story of Easter? It flies in the face of everything we know to …


PNews – 4/1/21

April 1, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Are We Skipping Ahead? Holy Week is a crash course in sitting with suffering. Sitting with Jesus during this week of suffering helps us sit better with others when they suffer. But is that really essential? What …


PNews – 3/25/2021

March 25, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Do You Believe God Raised a Man From the Dead? This week we are excited to offer a video meditation! Recognizing the excitement and stress Holy Week and Easter brings to church leadership, Elder Ralph Lowe, …


PNews – 3/18/21

March 18, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Are We There Yet? We think of Advent as the season of waiting, but surely Lent is also such a season. As I said last week, our COVID curtailment feels like a year-long Lenten journey. Like …


PNews – 3/11/21

March 11, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Together or Alone? We have been walking mainly alone for the past year through the COVID pandemic. Even when we come together, we are separated – “social distancing,” we call it. Alone, together. Jesus reminds us …


PNews – 03/04/21

March 4, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Are We Fleeing or Fighting? The Gospel of Mark moves Jesus from the Jordan to the wilderness via catapult. Many of our most formative forces are just that – forces. We like to think we are shaped …


PNews – 2/25/21

February 25, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Do We Practice What We Preach? One good reason to work together in ministry is mutual support, to be sure. Yet we do so also to make visible the values of God’s realm in how we …


PNews – 2/18/21

February 18, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Are We Grieving the Past, Fixated on the Future, or Living in the Present? In this pandemic season we face a new sort of challenge. Not only do we continue to wrestle with longings to return …


PNews – 2/11/21

February 11, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Is Our Foundation Quake Proof? Over the past year our world has been thoroughly shaken. Calamities stemming from climate change, political unrest, and a global pandemic can on their own disrupt our lives. But together they have amounted …


PNews – 2/4/21

February 4, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery How Do We Navigate Into Unknown Waters? A pandemic that has disrupted the entirety of our social world has wreaked havoc with good Presbyterian order. We have no roadmap for this, because there are no roads yet …


PNews – 1/28/21

January 28, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Can We Have Unity Without Accountability? Advocates of unity and accountability are locking horns these days in the halls of Congress. Why do we advocate more for unity at certain times and more for accountability at others? How …


PNews – 1/21/21

January 21, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery How Should We React to Uncertainty? The Word of the Year for 2020 (according to the Oxford English Dictionary) is “unprecedented.” The natural response to unprecedented situations is anxiety, driven by uncertainty. Our nation is riddled …


PNews – 1/14/21

January 14, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Will Truth Prevail? Martin Luther King Jr. declared, “The force of evil may temporarily conquer truth, but truth has a way of ultimately conquering its conqueror.” Last week’s violent attack on the Capitol was fueled by …


PNews – 1/7/21

January 7, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery How Do We Make Big Changes Without Big Steps? New Year’s resolution-makers hope to make sea changes in their lives overnight. “On January 1 I will abruptly alter direction with my finances, my diet, my exercise, …