Confirmation for All Ages

Life Stages

Lately I’ve been thinking about faith formation for people of all ages and pondering how to conceive of an inter-generational approach that is truly integrated and holistic. I keep coming back to an almost 20-year-old book by Robert L. Browning and Roy A. Reed called Models of Confirmation and Baptismal Affirmation. They¬†argue that what happens […]

Post-Christendom Youth Ministry

AWC Sketchnote

I’m WAY overdue sharing some of the highlights from my DMin thesis, “Post-Christendom Confirmation.” I presented some of it in my talk at the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference back in March with the more expansive title “Post-Christendom Youth Ministry.” Here are my slides from that talk: Post-Christendom Youth Ministry (PYM14) from johnvest I also really […]

Proclaiming the Unknown God

Preaching on Confirmation Sunday (4.27.2014)

The following is the sermon I preached for Confirmation Sunday at Fourth Presbyterian Church on April 27, 2014. The scripture readings were John 20:19-31 and Acts 17:16-34. You can listen to an audio recording of the sermon here: Proclaiming the Unknown God (4.27.2014) This week I as I prepared for this sermon and for Confirmation […]

It Is Finished…the DMin, That Is

DMin Thesis

On Monday I submitted the final version of my DMin thesis at McCormick Theological Seminary and since then everything has advanced such that I will graduate a week from tomorrow. I have thoroughly enjoyed this program and highly recommend it. Next week I’ll try to get back to more regular blogging by reflecting on the […]

We Do What Jesus Did

Photo by Chris Burke

I preached this sermon on Sunday at the 4:00 jazz service at Fourth Church. It is a reflection on Jesus’ baptism and the notion that changing one’s heart and life is a more appropriate understanding of metanoia than the traditional connotations of repentance. It also suggests that what young people experience in confirmation is a […]