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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. …


PNews 3/31/2022

March 31, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

The Church’s True Beauty Jesus’ road to Calvary underscores that having everything look pristine and work in good order is not his highest priority; indeed, we know all too well the ugliness that can be found in the church. Yet …


The Divine Discount

March 24, 2022 | Posted in Letters from the General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, March 24, 2022 The Divine Discount Last week my youngest grandson, a kindergartener, gave me a card he made for my birthday. It is full of …


PNews 3/24/22

March 23, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

The Divine Discount According to Scripture, God chooses to discount our shortcomings – and we are called to do the same with each other. If we cannot demonstrate reconciliation in how we live with each other, we have no credibility …


PNews 3/17/2022

March 17, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Hope Hope. It’s one of the defining terms of the New Testament and yet hope can be frustrating when what you hoped for, doesn’t happen. Across the last two years, leaders have seen their hopes dashed as wave upon wave …