AuthorRev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor
Rev. Craig Ross

I have always appreciated the positive perspective on life and faith that is here… the broad range of life/social/political perspectives in our congregation… and the staff with whom I am blessed to work.

Fire in the House

“Divided tongue, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.”  To be honest, I’ve never quite gotten it … the whole “tongues of fire” thing.  I’ve probably laid hands upon the heads of 600-700 teens over the years of my ministry, and never once did a “tongue of fire”…

Day of Pentecost Preview

Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.  (Acts 3:3-4) On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Spirit, through whom and in whom the…

Life Beyond Confirmation

Lord, it is time: we pray for our children.  Not only for them in their infancy, when disease or accident alone might harm them; not only for them in childhood, when their dreams begin and school is hard and our own discipline’s the hardest thing they must endure; not only for them in adolescence, when…

A Friendly Invitation

In the fall of 1980, second year seminarians who were returning for classes at what was then the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, were typically pretty excited.  Because our completion of the first year preaching course, Exegesis to Proclamation, meant that we could now supply preach on Sunday mornings.  In 1980, this part of the…

Death is Not the Final Word

Some of you know I am a bit of a poetry junkie.  I subscribe to a couple of poetry blogs … The Writer’s Almanac … Panhala … Poem of the Week.  They are all different. The Writer’s Almanac is my favorite, as it has the widest breadth of poems from classic to modern, from rhythmic…

What’s in a Name?

I ask that people make no reference to my name; let them call themselves Christians, not Lutherans. What is Luther? After all, the teaching is not mine. Neither was I crucified for anyone. (Martin Luther, 1522 treatise) The Ethiopian eunuch … I mean really … how often do you get to say those words in…

Fool’s Gold

 I want to know You/ I want to hear Your voice/ I want to know You more. I want to touch You/ I want to see Your face/ I want to know You more. “In the Secret” by Chris Tomlin — New Day Service song. Did you hear Mark Zuckerberg say last week that, “FaceBook…

The Fourth Sunday of Easter Preview

I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.  (John 10:16) Gathering is one of two core values that address ways we help ourselves and others to grow in discipleship. The experience of…

Concerning a Dodge Caravan … and Hope

Email Devotion For The Week Of Easter 3 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.   (Romans 12:12, NRSV) We were the only two people in the building who were crying … literally … the only two of the dozens of people surrounding us at the local CarMax showroom.  We were signing over the…