Divesting of Power

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Readers of this blog will not be surprised that I was disappointed by the decision of the 221st General Assembly of the PC(USA)—at which I was a voting commissioner—to divest from Hewlett Packard, Motorola Solutions, and Caterpillar because they profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. I have consistently opposed divestment—not because I am […]

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 […]

Post-Christendom Youth Ministry

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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

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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 […]