Good News Sightings

I preached this sermon this past Sunday at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church. It was Christ the King Sunday but I chose to use the lectionary texts for Thanksgiving Day: Joel 2:21-27; Psalm 126; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Matthew 6:25-33. You can listen to an audio recording here. Sometimes---after a long … Read more about Good News Sightings

Throwback Thursday: Reclaiming “Evangelical”

As I've mentioned before, as unlikely as it was for me to become a professor of evangelism, certain aspects of the evangelicalism of my youth are surely part of my religious DNA. During the application process for this new job I remembered a sermon on evangelism I preached way back in 2002 at … Read more about Throwback Thursday: Reclaiming “Evangelical”

It’s Not Conformation: The Book

What is confirmation and why do we do it? How must we adapt youth ministry—and church in general—to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world? These are the driving questions that have shaped my ministry in recent years. Two months ago, after I preached on the final confirmation Sunday of my … Read more about It’s Not Conformation: The Book

Was Jesus Born to Die?

I preached this sermon on Sunday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. It weaves together a couple of earlier blog posts and Tony Jones' new book Did God Kill Jesus? (I'll have more to say about Tony's book in an upcoming post.) The scripture reading was Luke … Read more about Was Jesus Born to Die?

It’s Not Conformation (Why We Do Youth Ministry)

I preached this sermon this past Sunday for the confirmation service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. It is the most straightforward articulation I have made about what I think youth ministry is and why we do it. The scripture readings were Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Matthew 19:13-15. You can listen to an … Read more about It’s Not Conformation (Why We Do Youth Ministry)

An Invitation to the Table

I preached this Maundy Thursday sermon at the noontime worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church today. The scripture readings were Luke 22:14-19 and John 13:3-17. As we gather today to remember Jesus’ final meal with his disciples, the meal which is the origin of our central Christian … Read more about An Invitation to the Table