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The Great ‘Co-mission’

Proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel and making known to others the teachings of Jesus has been integral to the church since its earliest days. We may ask, why does the church share its faith in Jesus Christ this way? The simple answer: We do it because Jesus commands us to do it (Matthew 28:19–20).

‘The Message’ author Eugene Peterson dies at age 85

The Rev. Eugene Peterson, a pastor, author and scholar, died Oct. 22 at his home in Montana. He was 85. He had been hospitalized since early October because of a serious infection, according to his son, Eric Peterson.

Reflections on the celebration of the life of Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon

There was something that felt perfectly right about the celebration of life of the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon at Bethpage United Presbyterian Church on Aug. 14 in Concord, North Carolina. First, there was the community that gathered. It was like a reunion of reunions for African-American Presbyterians and many others. We gathered, greeted each other, sang, praised God, read Scripture, remembered, celebrated and renewed our faith, even at a time of death of a beloved sister, aunt, friend and educator.

Presbyterians honor the legacy of Charles F. Easley Sr.

Members of an Atlanta congregation are continuing to honor the legacy of a longtime member who played key roles in the church and society. Charles F. Easley Sr., vice moderator of the 215th General Assembly (2003) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), died May 23. Services were held June 2 — just before the 223rd General Assembly — at Radcliffe Presbyterian Church, where he was a member for more than 50 years. He was 82.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

During the heyday of PBS’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood even a lot of Presbyterians did not know that the mild-spoken host of the popular PBS children’s program was a clergyman and the most famous living Presbyterian in the world.

The legacy of Charles Stanford

Presbyterians throughout the denomination are remembering with admiration the life and service of the Rev. Charles Leo Stanford Jr. Stanford died Dec. 18, after nearly 60 years of ministry with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was 83.

Stewardship as a way of living our faith

The minister was giving a sermon on “total giving.” When it came time to take up the offering, the plate came to a pew where there was a very small boy. He looked up at the usher and said, “Could you lower the plate?” Thinking that he wanted to see into the plate, the usher held it down a bit. “No,” said the boy, “a little lower, please.” The usher lowered it a bit more. “More; could you just put it on the floor?” the boy asked. The usher was aghast but finally put it on the floor. The boy stepped into it, stood there, and said, “This is what I give to the Lord.” — A Stewardship Scrapbook