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Why the Confession of Belhar?

The congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA) are blessed to have a Book of Confessions as the first part of our Constitution. The Book represents a rich spiritual tradition that has nurtured and inspired many people. The eleven Creeds, Confessions, … Continue reading

John Calvin's 500th Birthday

        2009 is the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birthday.  The World Reformed Churches are having many remembrances and celebrations.  Calvin was the leader of the Protestant Refomation in the Swiss canton in which Geneva was located.  The City of … Continue reading

One God, two cultures: June 12, 2009

Todays L.A. Times featured a story about Father Peter Banks, pastor of Brindisi Church on Compton Ave, in Los Angeles.  He is an Irish Catholic priest who years ago was assigned to his parish to minister to a primarily African-American … Continue reading

What A Difference A Year Makes!

The world economic system is in a very different place than it was a year ago.  The bubble burst. We have seen massive real estate foreclosures.  The stock market has been in a melt down.  Businesses have gone under and … Continue reading


“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1 In the fall of 1972 I arrived in Laguna Beach, California, to begin my work as pastor of the Community Presbyterian Church of Laguna Beach. … Continue reading

Why Visit Israel?

This coming May 2008 I am joining Dr. John Huffman, Jr. from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, Ca. for a 10 day visit to the State of Israel. Members from his church and the Laguna Beach church will … Continue reading

Deconstructing The House of God

The Laguna Presbyterian Church sanctuary which has stood at the center of Laguna Beach, California, since 1928 is now literally being deconstructed.  We have begun a process of preserving this treasured building.  I would encourage you to connect to the … Continue reading

Welcome to my blog

I welcome you to this space in which I will share some of my reflections.  I have now been pastor of Laguna Presbyterian Church for 36 years.  September 9, 2007, marks the 40th anniversary of my marriage to Kay.  We … Continue reading