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From All Saints to the Longest Night

by Darren Utley

The most recent issue of Presbyterians Today features a cover story reminding us of the link between the holiday season and depression. All around, we are constantly bombarded with tidings of joy. At the same time, we can feel burnt out by the pressure of stretched budgets, the anxiety of family gatherings, or the pain of […]

Easter Sunrise: Hope Observe Work

by Darren Utley

54When the decaying puts on the undecaying, and the dying puts on the undying, then the saying that has been written will come true: Death is swallowed up in victory! 55 Death, where’s your victory gone? Death, where’s your sting gone? 56 The “sting” of death is sin, and the power of sin is the […]

Faithful Witness: Ash Wednesday Meditation

by Darren Utley

Faithful Witness  John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the […]


by Darren Utley

Both of my boys are a part of Fairfield’s Junior Bible Quiz team. We practice at home by asking each other questions about our faith and responding with set answers. This practice reminds me of the way many branches of the church over the centuries have developed catechisms – sets of questions and answers that […]

Remembering Baptism

by Darren Utley

Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.  And remember, I […]