Posts By: Donna Frischknecht Jackson

Barn Boots and Blessings

Lenten ‘one mores’ Hope and love in the dark valley   by Donna Frischknecht Jackson   Even though I walk through the darkest valley … you are with me.  — Psalm 23 It is Lent and I have found myself walking in one of the darkest valleys one can walk — the valley of death…. Read more »

Gospel & Inclusivity

Pilgrims, turkey and kimchi Thanksgiving is an immigration story  by Samuel Son   A year ago, I was going through my parents’ photo album to put together a digital slideshow for my mother’s 70th birthday bash. That’s when I happened upon this photo. This was our first thanksgiving in America. As you can tell from… Read more »

Writing in the Margins

Being ‘Christ’ to one another Reflections on Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2  By Antonio ‘Tony’ Aja   This passage from Ephesians is very appropriate for the times we are living. Let me share some thoughts I picked up from an article written by John Pavlovitz, a well-known Christian activist pastor. Pavlovitz feels that the current political,… Read more »

Writing in the Margins

Come, Holy Spirit, Come A reflection of Acts 2 by Antonio (Tony) Aja   You may have seen in the news how a New York City attorney insulted people at a restaurant and threatened them to call ICE just because they were speaking Spanish. Recently the president of the United States called some immigrants from Latin… Read more »

What Presbyterians Believe

Pentecost Spotlight on the Spirit  by Katrina Pekich-Bundy   Pressed for time (like most ministers) I decided to write my sermon in the car as my spouse drove. About 10 minutes into the ride I realized I had grabbed the wrong commentaries. Lent was beginning but I had hurriedly snatched the Epiphany commentaries. I mumbled… Read more »

Gospel & Inclusivity

 Lessons from Starbucks What the church can learn by Samuel Son   I am in Philadelphia in the research room of Presbyterian Historical Society, surrounded by shelves holding General Assembly minutes from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) going back to 1707. I am reading the following lines from a report titled, “The General Assembly Faces the… Read more »

The B-Flat Christian

The Clothes of Christ by Rebecca Lister So, our chocolate Easter bunnies and peeps have been hastily eaten. Our brightly colored eggs that were hidden so carefully have been discovered. We drank in the smell of our Easter lilies as we planted them. We sang our hearts out in “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,… Read more »

Living in Between

Let’s talk about sex Are you in the conversation? by Abby King-Kaiser   The first time I got catcalled in the street, I had parked my car and was walking to a twice a week volunteer gig as at a local community developer, where I wrote thank you notes to donors, organized closets and answered… Read more »

The Church for Today

It’s SOCIAL Media… not an electronic bulletin board by Richard Hong    You’ve felt the pressure. The church needs a Facebook page. Should we be on Instagram? But while many churches are trying to have a presence on social media, most are being ineffective. And the primary reason they are failing is they are forgetting… Read more »

The B-Flat Christian

Waiting to be lifted up again by Rebecca Lister   The last nor’easter (yes, there was more than one, and another on the way, sigh) that hit our area here in south central Pennsylvania buffeted us with incredibly strong winds. It blew down power lines, ripped shingles off roofs and tossed trash cans down the… Read more »