Pastor's Blog

November 23, 2019

This weekend, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood opens to screens nationwide, a tribute to the life and work of Fred Rogers, played by actor Tom Hanks.  We Presbyterians are very proud to be associated with this particular pastor.   The Presbyterian Historical Society celebrates the impact of this uniquely gifted child of God:

Fred Rogers grew up in western Pennsylvania in the town of Latrobe, where he attended Latrobe Presbyterian Church. As a student at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he majored in music composition, he had his first encounter with television, and was appalled by the children’s programs he saw. He thought, “Children deserve better.”   In 1953, he was invited by WQED in Pittsburgh, the nation’s first community-supported public television station, to co-produce a daily program called The Children’s Corner. The experience convinced him he had a future in children’s television.

June 16, 2017

I’m looking at another shooting headline this week…this time in the capital at a baseball practice, where several members of congress would have been killed were it not for the dedicated work of capital police.  The shooting was politically motivated and the individual responsible was obviously a sick man.  I heard about it first as a congresswoman spoke on the radio.  She had been at the practice with her daughter and she said she was scared as hell. 

Many people today bathe their minds with images of graphic horror and violence in theaters and in the privacy of their own homes.  Violent role-play is now an acceptable form of entertainment, but most people are not entertained or amused by actual terrorism or gun violence, especially when they are the victims.  Instead, they express shock and surprise, which is really just the denial of our own readiness to do evil given the right conditions.

The root of all violence is fear, anger, and resentment.  In response, Jesus want...

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