Sermons by Rev. Don Ludwig

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The Faces of Jesus

“The Faces of Jesus” Matthew 25:31-46; excerpt by Richard Stearns, The Hole in Our Gospel My friend Debbie Clark Watching John Lewis’s funeral on Thursday brought me to tears as well as stirred memories within me. It has been over 11 years since a dear friend of mine from Philadelphia lost her battle with Cancer. […]

Reformed and Always Reforming

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“Reformed and Always Reforming!” By Don Ludwig, July 26, 2020 Acts 16:16-34, Another voice by John Lewis What Business are we in? Many people have found value in revisiting the question that Peter Drucker made famous: “What business are we in?” I admit it, it seems to be such a simple question, but it is […]

The Space Between Fear and Hope

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“The Space Between Fear and Hope” by Don Ludwig, July 19, 2020 Psalm 109:21-25; Luke 17:11-19 Opening We continue with our monthly theme of “Presbyterian.” Some people are not all that clear on the differences between denominations and so I found a story that might clear it up for you. There were three country churches […]

Why I am Presbyterian

“Why I am Presbyterian” by Rev. Don Ludwig 1 John 4:7-9; 11-12; Reading from Confession of 1967, Section 2, 9.43 July 5, 2020 On Becoming a Presbyterian The spiritual theme this month is “Presbyterian.” That may seem odd for a spiritual theme, yet as we move toward electing a Pastor Nominating Committee and as we […]

Missio Dei

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“Missio Dei” June 21, 2020 Genesis 12:1-3; Matthew 28:16-20 I have heard countless people say that they have never heard of Juneteenth. I must admit, I never knew about it until I took a class in Black Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary in the ’90s. Otherwise, I may have never known about happenings all over our […]

On Becoming Antiracist

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“On Becoming Antiracist” Acts 10:34-46; Theme reading: Ibram X. Kendi By Rev. Don Ludwig, June 14, 2020 Introduction: One-hundred fifty years ago there was an uncivil civil war. Upon this country rests a scar. No matter how much rhetorical make-up we apply, the scar still shows. No matter how much we attempt to convince ourselves […]

The Struggle Itself

*Content Warning: Racism, Racist Slurs “The Struggle Itself” Genesis 32:22-30; Acts 2:1-4 By Rev. Don Ludwig, May 31, 2020  Wrestling with Zachariah Taylor in 1990 Many years ago, when I was substitute teaching in Sandpoint, Idaho, I was called in to teach Physical Education classes for sophomores and juniors. The teacher gave me strict instructions […]

If Any Encouragement

“If You Have Any Encouragement…” Joshua 1:5-6, Philippians 2:1-5 By Rev. Don Ludwig, May 17, 2020 Asking the Right Questions My brother and I grew up in a working-class family in the ’70-’80s. He is one year older than me. One of my favorite memories was when our family decided to move to California — […]

Touch of Transformation

“A Touch of Transformation” Mark 5: 24-34; Romans 12:1-2 Rev. Don Ludwig, May 3, 2020   Change and Story of Transformation “Change alone is unchanging.” That is wisdom from the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus. We know that change is inevitable — in our personal lives and in the world. And whether we like the change […]

Inequities of Disaster

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“Inequities of Disaster” Luke 4:18-21; Theme Reading from C.S. Lewis, “Learning in War-Time” By Rev. Don Ludwig, April 26, 2020 Introduction: Donald Trump goes on a fact-finding visit to Israel.  While on a tour of Jerusalem he suffers a heart attack and dies.  The undertaker tells the American diplomats accompanying him, “You can have him […]