Robert Keefer joined PCM on June 1, 2013.  "Pastor Bob" received his BA degree from Dartmouth College on June 10, 1979, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  His major course of study was Spanish Language and Literature.  He received his Master of Divinity on June 2, 1982 from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his PhD from Union Ins...titute and University on July 31, 2006.  Bob enjoys singing, acting, and running as some of his main recreational activities. More
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Sermon for August 23: Sometimes a Light Surprises

Robert Keefer - Sometimes a Light Surprises

​ Sometimes a Light Surprises Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost (O. T. 21); August 23, 2015 Psalm 123 This has been quite a week in my world. As a Pastor, I know things about people I wish I didn't have to know. As Stated Clerk of our Presbytery, I know things about churches and pastors I wish I didn't have to know. When I sat down to draft the ser...
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Pastor Bob's Building Blog - August 20

Well, we are near to having some real plans to show you. Your Building Task Force will offer a look at our plans on September 13 during adult Sunday School and will also receive your input. It's still a little early for such details as "I think the bathrooms should be green" or "Let's have this sort of tile in the serving area in Fellowship Hall," ...
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Sermon for August 16 - Godly Government

Robert Keefer - Godly Government

​ Sermon Series: God and Country Godly Government Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost (O. T. 20); August 16, 2015 II Samuel 23:1-7 Well, it's started: the 2016 horse race. Living this close to Iowa we particularly notice it; has anyone been to meet any candidates across the river in Council Bluffs? The aspect of the race that interests us this morning i...
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Sermon for August 9 - God and Country: Loyalty

Robert Keefer - God and Country: Loyalty

​ Sermon Series: God and Country Loyalty Pentecost XI (O. T. 19); August 9, 2015 II Samuel 15:13-29 Most of the time it is easy to be both a Christian and a citizen. But sometimes we face a conflict of loyalties between God and country. When we do face that conflict, how do we decide whom to follow? This is a story about loyalty, a dysfunctional fa...
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Sermon for August 2 - God and Country: Truth to Power

Robert Keefer - God and Country: Truth to Power

Sermon Series: God and Country Truth to Power Pentecost X (O. T. 18) II Samuel 11:26-12:10 Recently I told you the story of David and Bathsheba; I'll recap in order to refresh your memory. King David had fallen for a beautiful woman named Bathsheba, and he arranged for a tryst with her. When she turned up pregnant, he arranged for her husband to be...
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Pastor Bob's Building Blog - August 1, 2015

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Sermon for July 19: I'm Sorry

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Sermon Series: How to Pray

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Sermon for July 12: Wow

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Sermon Series: How to Pray

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Sermon for July 5: Help

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Sermon Series: How to Pray

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Sermon for June 14: Wagon Train Church

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Sermon for Benson Church: Let's Go Camping

Let’s Go Camping

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Sermon for May 31: Dance of Love

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Dance of Love

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Pastor Bob's Building Blog #3

Pastor Bob’s Building Blog

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Sermon for May 17: When God Gives It, Keep It

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When God Gives It, Keep It

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Prayer for Jo

From Suzy Browning: 

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Prayer for Amanda

From Marcy Kastrick: My cousin Amanda delivered twins (32 weeks) this morning, all are doing okay so far.  She is 3lbs 1 oz and he is 2lbs 10oz.  Please pray for the continued strength for these tiny little babies.

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Prayer Requests from May 17

Folks offered these prayer requests on Sunday and asked that they be included here:

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Pastor Bob's Blog: On our New Marriage Standards

In 2009 the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marriage in the State of Iowa. In April of that year, a column in the New York Times explained why that should not have surprised anyone. He was biracial; his mother was white and his father was black. In 1958 it was against the law for them to be married in Nebraska, so they were married in Iowa.

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Sermon at Presbytery Meeting May 5, 2015

On May 5, the Presbytery of Missouri River Valley met; I had been invited to preach the sermon. It was the meeting at which we discussed and voted on the "marriage amendment" to our Directory for Worship (Look for a blog from me about that next week in "From the Pastors"). And I was asked to preach about ministry. Here is the sermon.

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Sermon for May 3: It Cuts Me

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A note: We had a special musical performance that day at the 10:30 service, so this sermon was preached at the 8:00 service only.

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