Out of Obscurity

This month, a few more-or-less random weekly observations on the matter of heritage, as Westminster celebrates its 70th anniversary year. Some years ago I had occasion to visit Scotland, where about half of my ancestors came from—which makes me a typical western Pennsylvania Presbyterian, by the way. In preparation for the trip I invested a little time and money in a genealogy program and m…

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Make Like a Tree: Roots

This is the first post in a 5-post series entitled, “Make Like a Tree.” Feel free to check out each of the posts! One of the biggest struggles I have working with people is making sure that we’re all on the same page with the amount of effort that we think our task is going to take. This is equally true if the project is painting a bedroom or working through a season of depression. We’ve probably all see…

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Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die

I know, I know. Not the cheeriest title to start the New Year with, huh? But we here at the Westminster Blog wanted to start the new year thinking about fresh starts, about clearing the slate, about making things as they ought to be. For me, this means looking hard at resurrection. Resurrection is bringing life from death. Resurrection is about putting the old way of doing things behind us, and…

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Coming Soon!

Greetings friends! First of all, I hope you enjoyed the Advent Devotional this year! My deepest thanks to Jim, Dave, Robin, Ed, and Cass for pitching in! The Blog will be on a short break next week, but then we're gearing up for some great new posts in the new year. Jim Gilchrist, Ed Sutter, and myself will all be working through Fresh Starts, looking back at where we've been, figuring out…

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When Your Soul Needs a Band-Aid

Scripture: Psalm 130 (CEB) 1 I cry out to you from the depths, LORD— 2 my Lord, listen to my voice! Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy! 3 If you kept track of sins, LORD— my Lord, who would stand a chance? 4 But forgiveness is with you— that's why you are honored. 5 I hope, LORD. My whole being hopes, and I wait for God's promise. 6 My whole being waits for my Lord— more than th…

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