J.C. Cadwallader

Rev. JC Cadwallader Interim Associate Pastor Western Presbyterian Church July 17, 2016   Which One of You? Luke 15:1-7   The world feels like a crazy place these days. I don’t have to offer a litany of reasons – you know them all too well. Fear is real as news of violence continues to pour in. The layers of complexityRead More →

For too long, the loudest voice in the name of Christianity in our culture has been one which that has declared judgment and incited punishment of a portion of God’s children. In the name of “love,” churches have excommunicated members, families have shunned their children, and policies have been endorsed to declare GLBTQI persons as second-class citizens. In less extreme but still damagingRead More →

This past week, I attended the monthly Interim Pastor Group meeting of the Presbytery. At the end of the meeting, the topic of conversation lightened and the facilitator said to the group, “So, it seems that Donald Trump has his membership with the Presbyterian Church (USA). If he becomes the president and moves to Washington, which church do you thinkRead More →

As I was preparing for this service, I came across this interesting little tidbit that I,honestly, had never heard of before.  Maybe this is not news to you but it was something new for me – I learned that today is called “Bright Sunday” or “Holy Humor Sunday.”  Have any of you ever heard of this?  I ended up spendingRead More →

The Greatest Commandment Mark 12: 28-44   Our second reading today is from the Gospel of Mark – again. We have been journeying with Jesus and the disciples through this particular gospel over the last several weeks and throughout our time in Mark, Jesus has been moving ever-closer to Jerusalem. Last week, in our preaching series, Jesus arrived in theRead More →

What Do You Want Me To Do For You? Mark 10: 32-52 The other day, I got an email from a friend of mine who is currently serving in mission overseas.  He is working with local denominational leaders and questions about full inclusion of LGBT persons arose in their conversations.  My friend, though straight, is a staunch ally to theRead More →

Jesus And Real Life Mark 2:1-22   Scripture is interesting, isn’t it?  It almost seems like a cliché to talk about how the meaning can change each time we pick up the Bible and read a passage of Scripture – but, it’s really true, isn’t it?  Have you had that experience?  Where you read a passage one day and possiblyRead More →

1 Kings 18: 20-39 Narrative Lectionary Year 2, Week 9 Our Scripture text for us this morning comes to us from 1 Kings.  The text is a bit lengthy so you might want to follow along in your pew Bible, but I encourage you to stick with it, because it is an exciting story of an epic showdown.  But, beforeRead More →

Life in the Promised Land Narrative Lectionary – Year 2, Week 5 Deuteronomy 5: 1-21; 6: 4-9 Our Scripture text this morning comes to us from the Book of Deuteronomy.  The words will sound quite familiar as this text is a re-telling of one the most well-known stories in all of the Bible.  The Ten Commandments.  But, before we listenRead More →

Christian Marriage Genesis 2: 4b-25, Mark 10: 6-8 September 13, 2015 Today at sundown marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Festival of the Trumpets is the first day of the new year and it commemorates the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman,Read More →