Acknowledging Our Poverty of Spirit

A sermon preached on February 2nd, 2020 based upon Matthew 5:1-12 entitled, “Acknowledging our Poverty of Spirit.” In my 38 years of being a pastor, visiting and preaching in nursing homes has always been something I’ve done on a regular basis.  Nursing homes can be rather depressing places, and I’m not looking forward to the […]


Learning to Live in the Kingdom of God

A sermon preached on January 26th, 2020 based upon Mathew 4:12-23, entitled “Learning to Live in the Kingdom of God.” As I mentioned last week, each Gospel writer has distinctive ways of presenting the story of Jesus with particular themes on which they focus. One theme Matthew highlights is the conflict between God’s kingdom (reign) […]


The Eulogy for John Robert “Bob” Keller

The Eulogy for John Robert “Bob’ Keller (July 31, 1952 – December 21, 2019) Bob Keller was born on July 31, 1952 to Virginia and Larry Keller and grew up in the small, working class town of Turtle Creek (“Crick”), Pennsylvania, just twenty minutes outside of Pittsburg.  His older brother, Larry, Jr. preceded Bob in […]


Attending to the Spiritual Journey

A sermon preached on January 5th, 2020 – Epiphany Sunday – based upon Matthew 2:1-12 entitled, “Attending to the Spiritual Journey.” In this life we are all obliged to engage in what you could call a “struggle”, or a “battle” or a “quest.”  It is the quest to carve out a place for ourselves in […]