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The Excellent Way, 6: Love is Kind

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 6: LOVE IS KIND Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 14, 2016; Non-lectionary sermon Hosea 11:1-9; Ephesians 4:17-32 “Love…is kind” 1 Corinthians 13:4 It was a beautiful day yesterday: one of those sunny September days with a cool breeze. Perfect day for a Seafood Festival — were it not for the […]

The Excellent Way, 5: Love is Patient

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 5: LOVE IS PATIENT Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 11, 2016 Genesis 29:16-30; James 5:7-10 “Love is patient…” 1 Corinthians 13:4a It happened in an airport: in the waiting area by one of the gates. It was one of those terrible days when there’d been bad weather, and a great […]

The Excellent Way 4: Pure Giving

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 4: PURE GIVING Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 4, 2016 Isaiah 53:1-9; Hebrews 11:32-12:3 “If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:3 Somewhere down on the Boardwalk, in […]

The Excellent Way, 3: What the Heart Knows

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 3: WHAT THE HEART KNOWS Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church August 28, 2016; non-lectionary sermon Proverbs 4:1-11; Ephesians 3:14-21 “And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” […]

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

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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

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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”?

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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 […]