Monthly Archives: May 2014

Part Two: The conservative arts . . .

This is the second in a series of posts titled The Conservative Arts taken from an address by Robert Shaw at Harvard University in 1981. If you have not read the previous post I hope you will take the time … Continue reading

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The conservative arts . . .

Many of you are already aware that one of my primary mentors – both in arts and in life (after all the two cannot be separated) – has been Robert Shaw (1916-1999). The following words, by Robert Blocker, open the … Continue reading

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Part 2: Gratitude for the saints . . .

The theme of our worship yesterday at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas was “Communion of Saints” – the next to last service in a series that started in Lent considering The Apostle’s Creed from the point of view … Continue reading

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Gratitude for the saints . . .

Part of our Sunday worship at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas is a Centering Time. These are prepared – and usually presented by Ilene Dunn. They are always wonderful but sometimes they are even better than wonderful – … Continue reading

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A true story . . .

A few years ago I experienced the events in this story during a meeting of the Session at the congregation I was serving at the time. For those of you who are not Presbyterian – the Session is our version … Continue reading

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From the heart . . .

Today I am going to take a step that I know is risky. I am going state some ideas that are very important to me. Some of them I have believed for many many years. Some others, I believe, have … Continue reading

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Following Jesus or the Institutional Church . . .

Many of the issues that I have been facing in the past few months center on what – at least to me – is a needless struggle between following Jesus – primarily as revealed in the Sermon on the Mount … Continue reading

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