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


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


Why Church? For proper worship

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesIsaiah 6April 3, 2022 At the beginning of worship: Each of us are instilled with the need to worship. Whether or not we’re Christian, whether or not we’re religious, we have a desire to find meaning in something larger than ourselves. That “something” becomes the object of our worship.   The “atheistic … Read more Why Church? For proper worship


Why Church? To Reorient Our Lives to Jesus

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry Churches March 27, 2022Luke 9:51-61 At the beginning of worship As we continue our Lenten theme of “Why Church?” consider the role of church to reorient our lives.  Back in the 1980s, Neal Postman wrote a classic book titled, Amusing Ourselves to Death. Even before the rise of 24/7 news programs and the internet … Read more Why Church? To Reorient Our Lives to Jesus


Why Church? To Care for the World

Jeff Garrison Bluemont and Mayberry Presbyterian ChurchesMarch 20, 2022Luke 10:25-37 Thoughts at the beginning of worship: We’re continuing with our Lenten theme, “Why Church?” Our world can be cruel. But that shouldn’t be the church. We’re to show an alternative to the world.[1] We’re to be a place and a people who care for others. And because … Read more Why Church? To Care for the World