What does it mean to be a Christian?

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry Presbyterian ChurchesGalatians 5:1-15, 22-23May 22, 2022 Thoughts at the beginning of worship: What does it mean to be a Christian? This week I came across a meme that I thought was insightful and a bit challenging.  Geocide is biblical.Loving your enemy is biblical.Only one is Christ-like.  Slavery is biblical.Chainbreaking is biblical.Only … Read more What does it mean to be a Christian?


Adopted by God: Entitled to an Inheritance

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry Presbyterian ChurchesGalatians 4May 15, 2022 At the beginning of worship: Do we have faith?  There was farming community experiencing a severe drought. Day after day, month after month, the sky held no clouds. Pastures dried up; crops wilted. Without enough water and feed, ranchers sold off their herds. Things looked bad. … Read more Adopted by God: Entitled to an Inheritance


Law and Grace

Jeff GarrisonMayberry and Bluemont Presbyterian ChurchesGalatians 3:19-29May 8, 2022 At the beginning of worship: Mothers will do whatever they can to protect their children. Sadly, sometimes this gets them into trouble, as it was with this one poor grandmother in New York City, whose daughter was sick. This was back in the Great Depression.  Her … Read more Law and Grace


Books on Poetry and Writing and a Poem

Mark Jarman, Dailiness: Essays on Poetry (Philadelphia: Paul Dry Books, 2020), 177 pages.   I became acquainted with Jarman’s poetry through poems published in the Reformed Journal.  Dailiness consists of a series of long essays on various aspects of poetry. Originally, I thought I would use this as evening reading, but the essays were too long and deep … Read more Books on Poetry and Writing and a Poem


Easter: Paul’s Defense of the Resurrection

Jeff GarrisonMayberry and Bluemont Churches  1 Corinthians 15:12-28April 17, 2022 At the beginning of worship: In a devotion for Easter a few years ago, Richard Rohr, reminded his readers that “Easter isn’t celebrating a one-time miracle as if it only happened in the body of Jesus and we’re all here to cheer for Jesus.” Sadly, he … Read more Easter: Paul’s Defense of the Resurrection