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
Robert Keefer

Sermon for August 20: Not Merely "Christian," but "in Christ."

Not Merely "Christian," but "In Christ" Pentecost XI (O. T. 20); August 20, 2017 Romans 6:1-11 I'm doing a sermon this week on baptism and one next week on the Lord's Supper before heading to follow the footsteps of Martin Luther. I look forward to sharing some of that experience with you when I return. This short section of Paul's Letter to the Ro...
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Sermon for August 6: Armed and Ready

Armed and Ready Pentecost IX (O. T. 18): August 6, 2017 Ephesians 6:10-20 Our brother Pastor Lazarus - member of this congregation and leader of our Sudanese community - has been in the hospital recovering from something he contracted when he was in Africa. In the hospital in Khartoum the treatment was ineffective and has left him with additional d...
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Sermon for July 23: Is God Home?

​ Is God Home? Pentecost VII (O. T. 16); July 23, 2017 Ephesians 2:11-22 Ever since the front wall of the new Commons went up, we have been able to imagine what the new space will be like and what we will be able to do in it. We can also imagine light flooding in the great front windows and enjoying looking out at what will be our beautiful courtya...
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Sermon from July 16: The Purpose

​ The Purpose Pentecost VI (O. T. 15); July 16, 2017 Ephesians 1:1-14 My friend told me a story from a committee meeting that I think perfectly sets up the one point we need to take away from this convoluted passage of Scripture. I am a Rotarian; we are dedicated to creating an international community of peace and goodwill and, among other things, ...
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Pastor Bob's Blog

​ Pastor Bob's Thoughts for Today July 14, 2017 Sixty years ago today, the Rev. Duncan MacPherson of the Mechanicsburg (Pennsylvania) Presbyterian Church took an eight month-old boy in his arms, poured water on his head, and said, "Robert Alan, I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." I don't remember that d...
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Sermon for July 9: Dust?

​ Dust? Pentecost V (O. T. 14); July 9, 2017 Psalm 103 "For the LORD knows whereof we are made and remembers that we are but dust" (Psalm 103:14, Book of Common Worship ). The minister used that phrase in the prayer one Sunday, and a child in the congregation whispered to his mother - just loud enough for everyone in the church to hear - "Mommy; wh...
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Fellowship with our Nicaraguan Partners

​July 15 to 23 we will be blessed with a visit from our partners in the La Concepcion area of Nicaragua. Our Presbytery has been partnering in mission with these friends for many years and now some are coming to visit us. Here are opportunities for you to be with them. For any event: just show up or contact Joyce Serenil (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402...
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Sermon from June 25: A Cup that Overflows

​ A Cup that Overflows Pentecost III (Ordinary Time XII) June 25, 2017 Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." Don't those words touch most of us somewhere? I knew a couple who had a spiritual practice of saying this psalm together regularly; as he was dying, she sat next to his bed and they would say it together. At funerals I often ...
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Sermon from June 18: How Long, O Lord?

​ How Long, O Lord? Pentecost II; June 18, 2017 Psalm 13 The guest preacher told me a story and asked, "Can I use this in my sermon?" I thought about it and about the congregation I was serving at the time and told him that I thought he should not. So he didn't. I'm going to tell you, but I'm changing the offending word. A woman talked to her pasto...
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Pastor Bob's Building Blog - June 14, 2017

​ Pastor Bob's Building Blog June 14, 2017 I figure it's time to give you an update on our progress – and our delays – since it has been a while since my last "building blog." The weather has created difficulties and delays in some of the project, but you can already see quite a bit of progress in Phase 2. Have you seen the new windows in Fellowshi...
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Sermon from June 11: For Why?

​ For Why? Trinity Sunday; June 11, 2017 Psalm 100 Sometimes when I'm saying my prayers I feel something like a great weight on my heart, as though an enormous force is pressing in on me. It feels like awe, the sense you have when you're face-to-face with the scope and majesty of reality. Perhaps you and I feel something similar when we're out on t...
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The Holy Spirit

​On Pentecost, Pastor Sara asked me to talk about "Five Things Presbyterians Believe About the Holy Spirit." Here they are, and are taken largely from our  ​Book of Confessions ​. 1. The Holy Spirit did not suddenly come into being on Pentecost, but has always been the agent of the activity of God: brooding over the waters on the first day of ...
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Sermon for May 21: All God's Critters

​ All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir Easter VI; May 21, 2017 Upon the Retirement of Vickie Jones Psalm 150 All God's critters got a place in the choir Some sing low and some sing higher, Some sing out loud on a telephone wire, Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they've got now. The poet who wrote the words to Psalm 150 put it...
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Sermon for May 14: Just as God did to us.

​ "Just as God did to us." Easter V; May 14, 2017 Acts 15:1-11 When's the last time you heard yourself say, "Why can't they be more like us?" Don't tell me you've never said that. Okay, perhaps some of you haven't. But I know I've caught myself at least thinking it, and have heard people say it a lot. People born in this country say it about immigr...
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Sermon for Easter: Joanna's Witness

​ Joanna's Witness The Resurrection of the Lord; April 16, 2017 Luke 24:1-12 Most of you have probably heard of Peter, James, and John. You are likely to have heard of Paul, who wrote so much of the New Testament. And you may have in your mind a visual picture of Jesus and the folks he traveled with, those who heard his teaching and learned his les...
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Pastor Bob's Building Blog - April 14, 2017

​ Pastor Bob's Building Blog April 14, 2017 So you wonder why I am writing about the building on Good Friday? I could give you a theological justification, but the real reason: we're at a transition point in the construction work, and I want to let you know about it; even though my heart is heavy thinking about Jesus' crucifixion, the daily life of...
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Sermon for Palm Sunday 2017

​ If Only… Palm Sunday; April 9, 2017 Luke 19:29-44 John Burg told me one of the best evangelism stories I've heard, although he didn't know it was an evangelism story. He leads a company that makes robotic systems for manufacturing (Acieta); two of his sales representatives were traveling in Texas. They passed a factory that had a sign out front: ...
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Sermon from March 19: Consideration

Robert Keefer - Consideration

​ Consideration Lent III; March 19, 2016 Luke 16:19-31 Some of you are afraid I will use this story as an opportunity to dump on rich people, and some of you are hoping that I will. Paying close attention to the story does not let us do that, not really. Full disclosure: by the standards of most of the human race and for most of human history, most...
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Sermon from March 12: Salvation Manure

Robert Keefer - Salvation Manure

​ Salvation Manure Lent II; March 12, 2017 Luke 13:1-9, 31-35 In Clarinda, Iowa we have a big parade every year on the Friday evening of Thanksgiving. It commemorates the time the county courthouse burned down and fire departments from all around responded, and so there are fire trucks and floats and horses and, at the end, Santa Claus. And everyth...
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Sermon for March 5: Hard Lessons

Robert Keefer - Hard Lessons

​ Hard Lessons Lent I; March 5, 2017 Luke 10:25-42 Imagine yourself as part of the group in Mary and Martha's house. Jesus is headed toward Jerusalem, and he knows what's going to happen there. Those who have been traveling with him also know, but I presume that Mary and Martha don't know. They are honored to have Jesus in their home, and Martha hu...
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