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The Excellent Way, 2: The Universal Translator

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 2: THE UNIVERSAL TRANSLATOR Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church August 21, 2016; Non-lectionary sermon Exodus 4:10-17; 1 Corinthians 14:1-19 “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1 Claire and I saw […]

The Excellent Way: I

Most Excellent Way

THE EXCELLENT WAY: I Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church August 14, 2016; Non-lectionary sermon Psalm 36; 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 “But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.” 1 Corinthians 12:31 It was a very young church. A small and struggling congregation. Not like ours: it had […]

Home-grown Anxiety

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HOME-GROWN ANXIETY Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church July 31, 2016; 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Luke 12:13-31 “And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” Luke 12:17 A great many of Jesus’ parables have a way of throwing us off balance — […]

Meet Dr. Witherspoon

John Witherspoon

MEET DR. WITHERSPOON Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church July 3, 2016; non-lectionary sermon Psalm 76; John 8:31-36 “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 We’ve all heard the names of the great men associated with the founding of this great country, a half-dozen or so in all: […]

The Hope In Our Calling

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THE HOPE IN OUR CALLING Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church June 25, 2016; Non-Lectionary Sermon Jeremiah 29:8-14; Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling…” Ephesians 4:4 Once a day — except for Sunday — I go through a little […]

Is It Ever “Only Business”?

It's Only Business

IS IT EVER “ONLY BUSINESS”? Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church June 12, 2016; 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 1 Kings 21:1-21a; Galatians 2:15-21 “As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, “Go, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite,” 1 Kings […]

The Art of the Possible

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THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church May 29, 2016; 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 1 Kings 18:20-39; Luke 7:1-10 “But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.” Luke 7:7 If you’ve been following the news, you know President Obama just paid a state visit to […]

Sending, Not Mending

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SENDING, NOT MENDING Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church May 22, 2016; Non-lectionary sermon Genesis 12:1-4; Matthew 4:17-22 “[Jesus] saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them.” Matthew 4:21b Last week, we heard a splendid Pentecost sermon […]

What Would Jesus Pray For?

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WHAT WOULD JESUS PRAY FOR? Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church May 8, 2017; 7th Sunday of Easter, Year C Isaiah 49:13-16; John 17:20-26 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.” John 17:20-21a You’ve […]

Believing and Belonging

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BELIEVING AND BELONGING Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church April 17, 2016; 4th Sunday of Easter, Year C Psalm 23; John 10:22-30 “The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.” John 10:25-26 “Let me be clear. I do […]