Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

"Tasting the Kindness of the Lord"

Text: 1 Peter 1:22-25, 2:3

Psalm 34

Rev. David Kearns-Preston

"No More of This!"

Text: 1 Samuel 24:1-7

Matthew 5:38-48


            In one of the final scenes of “The Godfather” trilogy, Michael Corleone sits on the steps of an opera house in Rome rocking in his arms the lifeless body of his daughter Mary. She was felled by a bullet intended for her father. As “Don” Corleone lets out a primal scream of anguish, his life which has been marked by vengeance and vendetta effectively comes to an end.

"The Answer to the Question"

Mike Baker

Text: Job 38:1-11

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

"Fugitive Foolishness"

Text: Psalm 51:1-17

1 John 1:5-10


It was final examination time for an introductory humanities class at a large university. Like many such freshman courses, it was designed to weed out new students with well over two hundred in the class. The exam was an hour and a half long with standard blue books provided. Professor Herb Miller made it clear that any exam booklet not on his desk in exactly ninety minutes wouldn’t be graded and the student would fail.

"Be On Your Guard"

Text: Luke 17:3-4

1 Kings 8:46-50a

            Almost twenty years ago, three teenage girls were fatally gunned down and five seriously injured by a fellow student at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky. Adding to the tragedy, the victims were conducting a prayer meeting at the time.

"The Challenges of Street Level Ministry"

Text: John 5:1-9

Proverbs 21:13; 22:2, 9, 16


From my point of view, the most important ministries which Central Presbyterian extends are those which reach the people at street level; those ministries which touch the lives of folks who are not likely among us on Sunday mornings, but who surround us 24/7/52.

"Born of the Spirit"

Text: John 3:1-10

Acts 2:1-13

"Words Backed Up by Action"

Text: 1 John 3:16-18

Psalm 48:9-14

"Solomon's Wisdom for Parent"

Text: Proverbs 26:6, 23:13-14

Proverbs 31:25-31


I’m going to open this morning’s Mother’s Day message with a lengthy poem I came across while I was going through some old files. I don’t recall where or when I got it, or who wrote it. As I read it, I found myself getting caught up in what some might call the poem’s “political incorrectness.”

"The Grape Arbor of Faith"

Text: John 15:1-11

Jeremiah 2:20-22

In the Gospel according to John are recorded the seven so-called “I am” sayings of Jesus. You probably have them memorized, but by way of review: “I am the bread of life” (John 6), “I am the light of the world” (John 8), “I am the gate for the sheep” and “I am the good shepherd” (John 10), “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11), “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 11). Let’s now turn our collective attention to the last of the I am sayings from John 15.