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 […]

Where Do You Find God?

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I preached this sermon at the 4:00 jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church on May 25, 2014. Because one of the scripture readings was the same, there are some thematic similarities to my April 27 confirmation sermon. You can listen to an audio recording of this sermon here: [Read John 14:15-21] Perhaps you saw […]

We Do What Jesus Did

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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 […]

BBQ Dynasty

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I haven’t publicly commented on the Phil Robertson controversy these past few weeks. I’ve never watched an episode of Duck Dynasty, so I don’t have much context other than what I’ve seen in news reports. Honestly, I think the whole thing was a publicity stunt intended to stir up old culture war conflicts. Based on […]

Borg on Advent

I’m clearly working my way back through my overflowing inbox. After commenting last night on Marcus Borg’s recent post on Christmas, I ran across his equally helpful post on Advent from a few weeks ago. Here is the main argument: Seeing Advent as a penitential season strikes me as unfortunate. It is the product of […]