Pastor’s Weekly Letter

August 31, 2023

Letter From the Pastor – September 3, 2023

                One of the pet words of our day is tolerance.  It is a good word, but we have tried to stretch it over too great an area of life.  Sometimes we have applied it too often where it does not belong.                 Tolerance, in one sense, implies the compromise at times of one’s convictions, a yielding of ground upon important issues.  Hence, over-tolerance in moral issues has made us soft, and could leave us devoid of conviction.                 We have become tolerant about the use of drugs or alcohol; we have become […]
August 24, 2023

Letter From the Pastor – August 27, 2023

In one of our gospels, Jesus is quoted as saying, “On this rock I will build my Church, and the jaws of death shall not prevail against it.” When Jesus made that statement, the Church was just beginning.  It was very small and seemingly insignificant.  But now it reaches around the world and plays a vital role in the lives of millions of people.  Enemies have tried and still try to stop it, but they have failed.   Despite opposition from without and weaknesses from within, the Church has lived and flourished across the centuries. The words of Jesus have come […]
August 16, 2023

Letter to the Pastor – August 20, 2023

In the early part of this century, British philosopher Bertrand Russell was a severe critic of religion in general and of Christianity in particular.  Much of his criticism was so obviously biased that it could not be taken seriously.  But we in the Church would do well to at least consider some of the things that he said.  For example, he made this comment concerning Christians: “A few of them may enrich a community, but a world composed entirely of them would die of boredom.” That criticism cannot be lightly cast aside because it expresses the attitude of too many […]
August 11, 2023

Letter From the Pastor – August 13, 2023

We have grown so accustomed to modern conveniences that we tend to forget how dramatically they have changed our lives.  Some of you can remember when doing the family wash was an all-day job.  Ani if the weather was bad, it might carry over into the next day.  Now, most people put a load of clothes in the automatic washer, push a button, and the machine does the rest.  When the wash cycle is complete, they transfer the clothes to the automatic dryer, push another button, and in short order with minimum effort, the job is done.  That, of course, […]
August 3, 2023

Letter From the Pastor – August 6, 2023

According to recent studies, Americans spend an average of two hours a day with television.  Others raise that figure to as much as four and a half hours.  Add time spent reading newspapers and magazines, or listening to radio and stereo, or on the internet or video games, and we can see why the media is one of the most formative influences on our culture. If these statistics on the extent of media’s influence are unsettling, an examination of what they contain should be even more so.  For example, the media barrage on the human mind is a staggering load […]