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


Why Church?

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesMarch 6, 2022Matthew 16:13-20  At the Beginning of Worship: News wise, it’s been another difficult week. We’ve watched the horrors of war in Ukraine. The sabre rattling is frightening as the Russian dictator threatens nuclear war and others warn of a possible World War III. And there is little we can … Read more Why Church?


Daniel foresees the future

Jeff GarrisonBluemont and Mayberry ChurchesFebruary 20, 2022Daniel 11-12:4 At the beginning of worship: I’ve been reading a modern translation of the Norse poems, myths, and legends. It’s a weird world which probably comes from huddling around the fire on those long winter nights in Scandinavia.[1] These stories are often violent and set in a tough world. … Read more Daniel foresees the future