At Home in the Dark: two book reviews about night

Chet Raymo, The Soul of the Night: An Astronomical Pilgrimage  (1985, Cambridge, MA: Cowley, 1992), 209 pages, each chapter illustrated with a woodblock print. This may go down as the best book I’ve read all year. Raymo describes himself as a “pilgrim of darkness.” The journey and the night sky seem to provide him with joy. … Read more At Home in the Dark: two book reviews about night


Into and out of the furnace

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesSeptember 5, 2021Daniel 3 Introduction at beginning of worship We’re back in Daniel this week. We’ll be looking at the third chapter and story in Daniel, but one that doesn’t mention Daniel. Instead, his three friends—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—take center stage. If you remember from my sermon two weeks ago, at … Read more Into and out of the furnace


Called by God

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry Presbyterian Churches  Ezekiel 2:1-7August 29, 2021 At the beginning of worship John Knox, the reformer of the Scottish Church, from which came the Presbyterian Church, drew from the book of Ezekiel. His book title, The First Blast of the Trumpet, drew from the prophet.[1] Like Ezekiel, God gave Knox a message. He knew he must … Read more Called by God


God’s Wisdom vs. Human Wisdom

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry Churches August 22, 2021 Daniel 2  At the beginning of worship Today we’re continuing our look at Daniel. Daniel, as we will see, is like Joseph. If you go back to Genesis, you may remember Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams allowed him to gain favor in Pharoah’s household.[1] Daniel’s ability, through prayer … Read more God’s Wisdom vs. Human Wisdom


Daniel’s God provides growth and strength

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesAugust 15, 2021Daniel 1:8-21 Introduction at the beginning of worship Last week we learned how Daniel and friends, the cream of the crop of the young men of Jerusalem, were taken to Babylon roughly 600 years before Christ. This was before the great exile that occurred in 587 BCE. These young … Read more Daniel’s God provides growth and strength