Pastor Steve’s Blog

The Gospel: The Main Thing

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes… Romans 1:16 Early in my ministry, I learned an important principle. It goes like this: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” If an organization is going to […]

Thoughts on Fall and the Gospel Revolution

It is hard to believe that summer is almost over. Fall will soon be upon us and with it, ministries at Calvary Church will be in full swing. Sunday School, Youth Group, Kid’s Club, and a host of other programs will begin another year of teaching children and adults about Jesus. Choirs and musical groups […]

Vision One, Pathways, and the Future of Calvary Church

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. – Isaiah 35:8 For many years a favorite summer get-away has been property belonging to Melissa’s family in the Adirondack Mountains. It is a peaceful and beautiful spot — 45 acres […]

Come and see – John 1:46

Most of us have received a variety of invitations in our lives. Some were invitations to share in significant milestones in the lives of those we know and love. Some were invitations to gala events – good food, drink and entertainment. Some have received invitations to meet important people. Others were invitations to spend a […]

A Firm Foundation

For a couple of summers during college I worked for a company which specialized in concrete foundations. I remember one job where we were trying to dig a trench for some footings in very sandy soil. The more that we dug, more the sand would just fill in. Finally had to give up… and bring […]

The “New Thing”

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:19 Did you know that Calvary Church is, through its roots, the oldest Presbyterian congregation in the state of Connecticut? It’s true! This year marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of the First Presbyterian Church of Thompsonville […]

Easter Thoughts: Called to Go Forth

Later this month, we will celebrate the event which defines our hope as the people of God. On Easter morning we proclaim that the one who we follow was not just a great religious teacher who lived long ago, now fondly remembered. We do not proclaim a Savior who was raised from the dead, but […]

Reflections on the Dunamis Project, Japan

“As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” John 20:21 As many of you know, I recently returned from eight days in Japan. For the past four years I have been part of a team representing Presbyterian / Reformed Ministries, International (PRMI) sharing the Dunamis Project with Japanese church pastors and leaders. The […]

Coming Unstuck

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” Joel 2:28 Ever feel stuck? Stuck in your faith or circumstances of your life — knowing you’re not […]

Living By Faith

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:28-29 As we enter into a new program year, it is good to ponder the question of what God requires of us. How can […]