At the Turn of the Age

2 Kings 2:1-18 Robert Hoch First and Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD 21217 June 26, 2016 On first glance, the problem presented by this text is the storm — the boiling cauldron of meteorological unrest that looms on the horizon. This might be our first reaction, our first diagnosis of the text. But that’s only […]

The Book of Ruth: Redemption by Chance?

With the God of Elijah, nothing is left to chance – all belongs to God, even clouds that are carried on the whims of the wind, do God’s bidding. But as we turn to the story in the Book of Ruth, our focus for the month of July, something else happens: suddenly, God seems more […]

#We Stand with Orlando

1 Kings 19:1-15a Robert Hoch First and Franklin Presbyterian Church June 19, 2016 On Monday, around twenty or so members of this church joined what looked like about a thousand others at the YNot Lot on 4 W. North Avenue. It was a candlelight vigil to express our solidarity with the victims of the shooting […]

An Uphill Argument

An Uphill Argument 1 Kings 21:1-11, 17-21b, 27-29 Robert P. Hoch First and Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore MD June 12, 2016 Prosecutors are charging Ceasar Goodson with second degree homicide, specifically “depraved heart murder” — a crime which carries a thirty-year prison penalty. Goodson, one of the six officers charged with Freddie Gray’s death, was […]

Neither Did the Jug of Oil Run Out

Neither Did the Jug of Oil Run Out 1 Kings 17:1-16 “For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that Lord sends rain on the earth” (14). Robert Hoch Maybe so, maybe the jug of […]