Pastor’s Posts

  • Terrified of Testimony

    “At fashionable dinner parties in this town, you can talk about anything.  You can talk about politics, you can talk about intimacy, you can talk about money, you can talk about anything you want.  But if you mention God more than once, you probably won’t be invited back.”  Author, Professor, and Pastor, Thomas Long, uses […]

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  • Gratitude

    This Sunday, we will turn our attention to the topic of gratitude.  We will be reading from Luke 17, which describes an encounter Jesus has with 10 lepers.  In this encounter, the group of individuals suffering from a skin disease that would have made them outcasts in their society, cry out to Jesus for healing. […]

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  • World Communion Sunday

    It was back in 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that a Presbyterian congregation by the name of Shadyside Presbyterian Church held the first World Communion Sunday.  It was an effort to foster and celebrate unity and connection among those churches who held the Christian faith in common.  What began in that single congregation eventually spread to […]

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  • Help Us Invest in the Future of Starmount Presbyterian Church

    In my newsletter article this month, I reference a story found in Matthew 25 that is called the parable of the talents.  In this story, Jesus tells of a land owner who entrusts his servants with significant resources while he is away.  Two of those servants make use of those resources, so that when the […]

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  • Discovery Meeting

    I want to invite and encourage you all to join us for an important gathering in the life of our church.  Sunday, Oct. 6th from 11:15-12:30 we are holding an event called a “Discovery Meeting” after church in the fellowship hall. What is a “Discovery Meeting?”  I’m glad you asked.  This “Discovery Meeting” is step […]

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  • Tiny House – Big Difference

    It is official!  Starmount Presbyterian Church is building a Tiny House.  As you may have heard, over the last several months the Mission Committee has been exploring a partnership with Tiny House Community Development, Inc.  This is an organization based in Greensboro whose mission is to address the issue of homelessness in our community by […]

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  • Under Construction

    When you come into the sanctuary this Sunday, you may see some items that are not usually present during our normal worship services.  There may be orange cones, yellow warning signs, lumber, hardware, and even a sawhorse or two.  When you see these things, do not be alarmed. The sanctuary is not undergoing repairs.  There […]

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  • Building Excitement for Upcoming Events

    At our weekly staff meeting this week, I asked the staff to use the large whiteboard in the conference room to begin to make a list of important dates and events that are planned for this fall.  As you might expect, in no time at all the whiteboard was filled with dry erase marker, detailing […]

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  • The Golden Circle

    Both in my newsletter articles and in these weekly email posts, I have referred to some exciting opportunities this fall in which we as a congregation will work together to dream of what the future may hold for our church. The Discernment Team is still hard at work crafting a process by which all will […]

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  • Discerning Our Mission from God

    This summer in worship, we have been going through a sermon series called, “On A Mission From God.”  In this series, we have explored several Old Testament prophets to see how they understood their God-given mission and also how they acted boldly to accomplish that mission. While the stories of these prophets can surely be […]

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  • Discernment Team Underway

    As I wrote about in last week’s post, I attended the Worship & Music Conference in Montreat in late June.  One of the classes I attended was led by renowned pastor and professor, Roger Nishioka.  The class was advertised as a preaching class, but had many connections with general congregational life. In this class, Roger […]

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  • Worship & Music Conference

    Two weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Worship & Music Conference in Montreat, N.C.  This is an annual conference put on by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and it features some of the best musicians, preachers, and worship leaders our denomination has to offer. I was grateful to have a chance […]

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