Monthly archives: July, 2017

Babies Born into Addiction

Addiction involving newborn babies and infants has hit the stories appearing in various media in communities everywhere.

The problem … (click on the link below to view a recent story on the news)

There is help for children and parents in getting clean.  One such story comes out of Latrobe in Westmoreland County.


Latrobe nonprofit director aims to help mothers, babies coping with drug withdrawal

She raised six children and worked in counseling, including addiction recovery, but Dawn Hennessey was unprepared to meet the needs of an infant exposed to opioid drugs in the womb. Hennessey is the legal guardian of a boy born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a drug withdrawal condition.

Pray for the children and their families caught in the horrendous cycle of addiction.





































Sometimes the People We Try to Help … Help Us

Germany is in the news as world leaders are in Hamburg to discuss the many issues facing our world.  We go back to a time in German history right after the war to hear from someone who will end up providing profound insights to our believe in God and God’s Son Jesus Christ in living in a broken world with hope.

A young man who served in the army makes a change in his life to serve in a different way!  It was Germany after World War II in a small village where we hear a young pastor share today’s Passages.  Click on the audio file below to listen to Jürgen Moltmann tell about his first congregation …


Executive Producer/Host Dennis Benson, Associate Producers Bill Wolfe & Gregg Hartung (Interviewer Ron Wanless)

Jürgen Moltmann (born 8 April 1926) is a German Reformed theologian who is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen.[1] Moltmann is a major figure in modern theology and was the recipient of the 2000 University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Grawemeyer Award in Religion,[2] and was also selected to deliver the prestigious Gifford Lectures in 1984–85. He has made significant contributions to a number of areas of Christian theology, including systematic theologyeschatologyecclesiologypolitical theologyChristologypneumatology, and the theology of creation.

Influenced heavily by Karl Barth‘s theology, Hegel‘s philosophy of history, and Ernst Bloch‘s philosophy of hope, Moltmann developed his own form of liberation theology predicated on the view that God suffers with humanity, while also promising humanity a better future through the hope of the Resurrection, which he has labelled a ‘theology of hope’.[3] Much of Moltmann’s work has been to develop the implications of these ideas for various areas of theology. While much of Moltmann’s early work was critiqued by some as being non-Trinitarian, during the latter stages of his career Moltmann has become known for developing a form of social trinitarianism.[4] His two most famous works are Theology of Hope and The Crucified God.

Is there hope or despair in the theology of our congregations today?

Is the cup half full or half empty?

How does a theology that places limits on God limit us as people of God?

How is that when serving others the attention on our own problems become less important?

How do you serve?



America Love It & Live It: I Like to Help Others

The generosity of Americans through the years has been a beacon on the hill to the rest of the world!

It takes parents, teachers, and all sorts of role models that help shape the next generation to help others in need.

It is not an egotistical pride but a genuine feeling of I can do this to help someone in need with a hand up.

People really do love it and live it when it is instilled in them that it is a caring way of life that brings healing and hope to those around them.

Listen to Kate’s American story on Passages by clicking on the audio player below.

Who can you help instill a spirit of compassion?

Pray for the future of our country and the world!

Malawi Prison featured for Music

60 minutes features prisoners and a guard in Zomba Prison who enjoy singing.  One woman prisoner says that all she has is music and God.  She is in prison for life.  Click below on video button to watch this interesting segment hosted by Anderson Cooper.     The prison singers and musicians were nominated for a Grammy Award.  Music is the universal language and they know it in Malawi, Africa.


America Love It & Live It: Values and Race

America the melting pot of many different people following their dreams of living in a land of freedom and opportunity. Jim tells about growing up in a conservative family with values that appreciates all people no matter their skin color.

James E. Wallis Jr.[1] (born June 4, 1948) is a Christian writer and political activist. He is best known as the founder and editor of Sojourners magazine and as the founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name. Wallis is well known for his advocacy on issues of peace and social justice. Although Wallis actively eschews political labels, he describes himself as an evangelical and is often associated with the evangelical left and the wider Christian left. He worked as a spiritual advisor to President Barack Obama.[2] He is also a leader in the Red-Letter Christian movement.[3] Listen to Jim’s story on Passages as we reflect on values that makes our country great.

What are the values that you have and where did they come from? Who in your life helped shape your values?
Facing Racism: A Vision of the Beloved Community

Presbyterian Church Facing Racism

Racism is the opposite of what God intends for humanity. It is the rejection of the other, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ. Racism is a lie about our fellow human beings, for it says that some are less than others.

America Love It and Live “A Legacy of Community Service”

America Love It and Live It with the emphasis on immigration and freedom for all people.

Mavis is a women of color who came here with her family.  She is a woman who forged her way in the Labor Movement making life better for minorities and children throughout her life.

Her son, a retired lawyer, is her shining light in the community as a legacy she provided to help make the world a better place.

Listen to America Love It and Live It:  Where special voices of people of all ages and from all walks of life share about what makes America special.

Listen to Mavis on Passages by clicking on the audio file below.



Pray for our leaders in giving direction and a purpose to being American!