Big changes from small gestures

While solving big problems with big ideas is needed and important, it is also true that most positive changes will come in very small ways one life at a time, one little plot of land at a time, one person willing to do the right thing against all odds and with little...

Join the MLK Jr. Day Virtual Service

Join First Presbyterian Church and the greater Greensboro Faith community in the 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Virtual Interfaith Worship Service, this Monday, January 17 at noon. The theme is Shifting Priorities to Create the Beloved Community. Below are...

Eat, pray, celebrate ordination

Eat together. Pray together. Celebrate together. This is the motto of the place where I had the privilege to live the past 3 years in seminary.  A place of folks of all different abilities, doing life together.  We were seminary students and friends living with...

The gift of each other

Grant, being a fan of all things over-the-top-Christmas, has a large collection of Christmas-themed ties, both secular and sacred. One of his favorites looks understated, what with its diagonal red and green stripes and block letters that repeat the phrases: “Merry...

A poem to close the year

Matt Logan, Director of Discipleship & Young Adult Ministry, penned this offering for the close of the year.     WE DID WHAT WE SAID WE WOULDN’T: STANZAS FOR THE TIRED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON You did what you said you wouldn’t And I did it too. Of course...

The Holy Spirit, letters & kids

In the Gospel of John, Jesus says to the disciples, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever … the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I...

Life After Retirement:  My Best Guesses

I am really enjoying my unexpected extra 4 months to serve as one of your pastors. I deeply appreciate all your best wishes and inquiries into what my life will be like after I leave at the end of February. If you look up the word “retire” in a dictionary,...

A Christmas pause

As we enter the week leading up to Christmas, it might be busy around your house.  We have to-do lists and the days seem to be flying. Amidst the busyness, however, you might also be caught up in the cyclical pattern of the year — time collapsing, taken back to...

Let Us Say What We Believe

Many still find the familiar and ancient words of the Apostles Creed or the Nicene Creed comforting and powerful. Even if after all these years we are not sure about the holy catholic church or the descent into hell. Or why is it necessary that we affirm that Jesus...

What makes traditions important?

This Advent season, we are joyfully able to bring back some of our favorite children’s ministry traditions, including making Advent wreaths, decorating the gingerbread church, and our family Christmas Eve Nativity service. Some of them have had to be modified a...