Rev. Dr. Wayne Chasney

Weekly Meditation

Pastor Wayne began his ministry at Monroeville in August, 1993, after graduating from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. Pastor Wayne has his Doctorate of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a focus on ministry in the small church.

In his spare time, Pastor Wayne loves running, reading and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings.

Pastor Wayne is married to Rev. Wendy Schindler-Chasney, pastor of St. John's UCC, Milan. They have two daughters.

"This is my Son, the Beloved, listen to him!" (Mark 9:7b)

    As my daughter was preparing her commencement speech for her high school graduation I gave her an important piece of advice. I told her, "Never start a speech with a quote." Everyone starts their graduation speeches with quotes. I told her to be more creative. Find another way to start the speech.
    Her mother and I were filled with pride as she stepped up to the microphone and with a strong, confident voice began by saying, "I want to start my speech today with a quote from my father. Never start a speech with a quote."
    She got a big laugh from the crowd and gave a wonderful speech, although I may be biased. But I can't quite decide if she listened to me or not.
    On the one hand, she was obviously listening enough that she heard what I said. On the other hand she did just what I told her NOT to do. Kids, am I right?
    After Jesus' mountaintop transfiguration, the three disciples who were with him heard a voice from heaven which declared, "This is my Son, the Beloved, LISTEN TO HIM!" Listen to him.
    I suspect we all know there is a difference between knowing what Jesus said and following through with our actions.
    Jesus said love your enemy. But we do all we can to diminish and defeat those who oppose us.
    Jesus said do not judge. But we are often quick to judge the words and deeds of others.
    Jesus said do not be afraid. But we live in constant fear and worry.
    "This is my Son, the Beloved, listen to him!" Being able to quote scripture is not enough. We need to listen with more than just our ears. We must also listen with our hearts and with our actions. Otherwise we are not really listening at all.