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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, …


PNews – 12/17/20

December 17, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery What Does Light Reveal? As people of the light, Jesus calls his disciples a “city on a hill.” His followers have always been on public display, regardless of whether they seek it out. Jesus came to …


PNews – 12/10/20

December 10, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery How Much Longer? All we can do is wait. For how long? Nobody knows. From the thick of our broken world-as-we-have-it we dare only with trembling to hope for things eventually to get better. When everything …


PNews – 12/03/2020

December 3, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Will Christ Arrive Grandly or Unnoticed? The lectionary for the Second Sunday of Advent includes a remarkable passage from 2 Peter. It likens the coming of the Lord to that of a thief, then switches metaphors …


PNews – 11/19/20

November 19, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery True Power: Might or Meekness? This coming Sunday, the last before Advent, the church marks the festival of the Reign of Christ, sometimes called “Christ the King Sunday.” John declares that Jesus was able to humble …


PNews – 11/12/20

November 12, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery When Our Side Loses? Four years ago, half of our country was overjoyed at the presidential election outcome, while the other half reeled in dismay. Last week the tables turned – those who rejoiced four years …


PNews – 11/5/20

November 5, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery How Can “Ordinary” Church Life Engage Today’s Extraordinary Political Moment? Being united in Christ is utterly ordinary for people who follow Jesus. Division is not natural for us, even though it has always been our nemesis. …


PNews – 10/29/20

October 29, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery How Is the Apostle Peter Related to the Pandemic? Peter has many famous moments in the bible, none more so than his denial of Jesus after his arrest. In this week’s letter, Living Life Under Stress, Rev. Brian …


PNews – 10/22/20

October 22, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Loyal to the Emperor or to God? In Matthew 22:15-22, Jesus’ opponents try to corner him by asking if taxes should be paid to the Emperor. This question is something we still struggle with.  Do our …


PNews – 10/15/20

October 15, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery The United or the Divided States? The essential mark of love is that we do not abandon. When we love each other, we commit to staying the course together. Anything and anyone that seeks to divide …


PNews – 10/8/20

October 8, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery What Now? In this week’s meditation, Seven Months In – The Church’s Response Today to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge collaborates with Rev. Carol Divens Roth and Elder Mark Roth to reflect on …


PNews – 10/1/20

October 1, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery What’s the Difference? What difference does it make to follow Jesus? Our world is currently more politically polarized than at any time in recent history. This enmity is manifest in many nations, but it is especially virulent …


PNews – 09/24/20

September 24, 2020 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery Do we Have COVID Claustrophobia? Our space for working, playing, and praying has been greatly constricted by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past six months. We are restricted in where and how we gather. That’s how …