God Is With Us

Christmas Eve 2014

I preached this sermon at the 6:00 PM Christmas Eve family service at Fourth Presbyterian Church last week. The primary text was the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2:1-20, but this service also featured a mashup of selections from Psalm 139 and The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. Welcome once again to Fourth […]

Confirmation Questions

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Each year I begin our youth confirmation experience by asking our eighth grade students to write down the questions they have about God, faith, and the church. The questions they (and their adult leaders) come up with are always illuminating. Here are the questions our youth are asking this year, in no particular order but […]

Eighth Grade Faith Questions

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For me, faith is as much (or more) about the questions than it is about the answers. Each year at the beginning of their confirmation experience, I ask our 8th graders to list their biggest faith questions. Each year these questions are a good reminder of what our young people are thinking about faith. The […]

Change Happens

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Reading: Acts 10:1-33 Reflection In college I was introduced to the historical and critical study of religion. As it applies to my own Christian faith, this approach has helped me realize that religion is never static. Rather, religion is always dynamic and changing. Such thinking would have been considered heretical in the conservative churches in […]

Church is a Tool, But For What Purpose?

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I’m past the half way mark of the DMin class I’m taking with Lillian Daniel this week on “Why Church Matters in a Culture of Narcissism.” While I’m still not sure that we’ve articulated an answer to the question of why church should matter to those who would prefer “spiritual but not religious,” some thoughts […]