Category Archives: Thoughts and Prayers from Pastor Rich

Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ?

Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ? It’s all right here! Good Religion: Practicing a Timeless Faith for the 21st Century – “Good Religion Connects Me” – Rev. Rich Gantenbein, October 1, 2017[Audio clip: view … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: Philomena (Mercy and Justice)

The movie Philomena, based on the book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee”, by Martin Sixsmith, is the true story of Philomena Lee‘s 50-year search for her forcibly adopted son and Sixsmith’s efforts to help her find him.  In 1951, Philomena … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: A Bug’s Life: Working Together

“God helps those who help themselves.” That just makes so much sense and rings so true, it has to be a verse from the Bible. Actually, it’s the most quoted verse that isn’t in the Bible, and furthermore, it is … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: Future Belongs To The Young At Heart

Today I talked to Eleanor Huskins, the wife of St. Andrew’s founding pastor, Bill Huskins. If you walk into the office today you’ll see Bill’s picture and the charter of St. Andrew as a Presbyterian church. It was Bill who … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: The Tailwinds of Life We Ignore

Cyclists hate headwinds—love tailwinds. You’d think the number of times we have to get down on the drop bars and grind into the wind would even out with those days we get that lovely tailwind assist. But it always seems … Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Post: God’s Good Work

Philippians 1:3-6 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.  Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ … Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Post: Generous People Know Life Is Difficult

Scott M. Peck wrote: “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: Generous Hearts Are Broken Hearts

Memorial Day is the day that asks us to pause our normal activities and remember the cost paid by men and women who have died serving our country. I mourn this Memorial Day for a broken world in which conflict … Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Post: Generous Hearts Know God’s Generosity

I know we want to think of ourselves as rational, thoughtful people. Yet we are subject to a great abyss, which exists in some form in every one of our lives and every culture. That abyss is where our emotions … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: The Gospel is “We”not “Me”

I’m not the story. It’s not all about me. I’m part of the story God is telling through the Holy Spirit about Jesus Christ as my alpha and omega—the beginning and the end. Try as I might, I can’t find … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Knowledge is only a rumor…

Papua New Guinea Proverb: “Knowledge is only a rumor until it is in the muscle.” Easter for me was an extraordinary experience this year. The art…the music…the cardboard sign testimonies…all conspired to fill my heart to overflowing with hope and … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: That Magnificent Fear

When the realm of “God” breaks into our time/space existence the universal response is fear. Angels show up—fear. The Spirit moves—fear. William D. Eisenhower puts it this way in his article “Fearing God” in Christianity Today: Unfortunately, many of us … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Cost of Discipleship

Dietrich Bonheoffer wrote one of the five most important books in my life: The Cost of Discipleship. Bonheoffer hit me between the eyes in 1974 and hits me again today with the truth that, “cheap grace is the preaching of … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: God’s Pricing Policy

Human pricing for me often defies logic. You name it…art…jewelry…there are some things that just have the expensive look, but there are others that I think are cheap, even worthless, and turn out to be of great value. Then there’s … Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Post: Ability or Availability?

I don’t usually string a series of biblical passages together as the primary content of my Preacher’s Post. But a key assumption at the center of my life has been challenged over the years and I want to share my … Continue reading

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