As My Eyes Sweep Across the Fields

Why does it take almost eighty years to notice how many shades of green there are in the spring time? As my eyes sweep across the fields and the woods in the distance on my early morning drive to town for the newspaper I see a palette, the palest of greens – almost pastel yellow […]

A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day, 2015

Dear God, our hearts are full on this Thanksgiving Day. Thank you for all the gifts you have given us: For this fine day, for sunshine and rain, For a natural world that so efficiently sustains and nurtures life, And for life – the cascading, colorful, amazing expression of that energy you have breathed into […]

The Preacher’s Weekly Offering

Teri McDowell Ott, in her insightful reflection in a June issue of Christian Century, “Firm Ground for Ministry: Between the ego’s demands and the urge to hide”, set me to pondering, once again, the mysterious anomaly of preaching. From the earliest days of the church, preaching, proclamation of Gospel has been at the heart of […]

Some Thoughts on Gratitude & a Prayer of Thanksgiving

    It doesn’t have to be the blue Iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot.. just pay attention, then patch a few words together.. this isn’t a contest, but the doorway into thanks… – Mary Oliver, Praying It begins with simply paying attention, noticing, seeing the countless gifts we are given every […]

Thoughts on MLK’s Birthday

I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies… Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.   Amos 5: 21, 23-24 The distinguished twentieth […]

Don’t Make Me Come Down There: Part 3

Greetings on this Monday morning before Christmas! We hope you will enjoy the third and final installment of Dr. Buchanan’s sermon, “Don’t Make Me Come Down There,” delivered originally in December 2008. If you haven’t yet caught up with the first two installments they were published here on Hold to the Good last week. We hope you […]

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Praise is due to you, O God…. You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You […]

God’s Own Image

God so loved the world. John 3:16 The evolution of the way sexual orientation is understood and viewed is surely one the most significant transformations in my life time. People my age cringe when recalling what used to be said and what we used to assume and believe about sexual orientation. It is almost difficult […]

The Sound of Sheer Silence

The Lord was not in the wind, the earthquake, the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.                    1 Kings 19: 11-12   Jesus said to them, “Come away to a deserted place and rest a while.”               […]

Thoughts and a Prayer for Fathers’ Day

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine Within your house; Your children will be like olive shoots around your table…… May you see your children’s children. Psalm 128 I’m thinking about my father. He died too soon, when he was 59, of emphysema, from smoking several packs of Camels a day all his life […]