Covenant Presbyterian Church – Athens, GA


Location, Location, Location

This is a hard piece of scripture to hear. If I’m being honest, it’s a hard passage for me to even like. Maybe that’s why we tend to frame it, to render it beautifully in cross-stitch and hang it on our walls. But I’m not so sure I want to take it to heart. I’m certainly don’t want to test its truth with my life. Read more

The Night Shift

The Night Shift: A Sermon Based on John 1:35-42                                                                                                                                                I’m guessing that somewhere along the way you’ve heard someone say, “The devil is in the details.” Or flipping that equation around, sometimes the expression is, “God is in the details” (we lose the alliteration but gain hope!). I looked it up and discovered that the more hopeful phrase is the older phrase, but either way, both are pretty effective in reminding us that details are important.  Whether they come in planning a party or congressional testimony or designing a passenger plane, details deserve and even demand our attention. Read more

Of Camel’s Hair and Solar Panels: A Sermon Based on Matthew 3: 1-12

Of Camel’s Hair and Solar Panels: A Sermon Based on Matthew 3:1-12                                            Preached by Mark Harper at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Athens, Georgia                            December 8, 2019 – The Second Sunday of Advent

I’m not sure what’s going on, but my neighborhood is a little behind this year in getting it’s Christmas on. I’m just not seeing as many lights and decorations decking my neighbors’ halls and doors as I’ve noticed by this time in more recent years. There are the obvious exceptions, including the folks down the street that have added to their usual collection of holiday yard displays an inflatable band of elves and reindeer singing country versions of Christmas songs. But generally speaking, our dark, wooded, non-street-lighted part of town seems a little darker than usual. Maybe everybody is just really busy, burning their seasonal candles at both ends. Or maybe we’re subconsciously leaning into the somber zeitgeist of these times. Read more