Harry J. Heintz loves sailing. And reading and writing. And his wife and family. And God. And baseball. And life. He has been writing for years, for sermons, teachings, and observations about life and faith. Friends and family have urged him to start a blog. With their help and encouragement, here goes.
I recently read that a friend (I’ll call him Joe; not his real name) “lost his battle with cancer and died.” That troubled me. Indeed, my friend died some months after finding out that he had an aggressive and insidious cancer in his body. I had the privilege and honor of preaching at his funeral. … Continue reading Journeying with Cancer
[This message was delivered at Gates Presbyterian Church on 1/26/20. The lead text is Matthew 4:12-23. Note: after preaching for 15 consecutive Sundays (the longest such stretch in my retirement), in six churches in the greater Rochester region, I am taking a sort of sabbatical. Rachel and I will head south soon and return home … Continue reading Does Jesus Have the Right People on the Bus?
[This message was proclaimed at Gates Presbyterian Church on 1/19/20, from the text of John 1:29-42.] This is the social media gospel. Gospel according to John is made for today. More than the other three, John’s gospel specializes in conversations. It is intensely personal. Whereas Matthew, Mark, and Luke seem to follow a timeline, … Continue reading Good News for Sharing
[This message was given on the Baptism of the Lord Sunday, January 12, 2020, at Gates Presbyterian Church, Rochester NY, based on Matthew 3:13-17.] No question is as essential to human life as this one. No question is more frequently asked, though often silently, as this one. It is the basic question of self-identity … Continue reading That Essential Question Answered