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 […]

Instructor-Assisted Deployment

Preaching at Eastminster

I spent this past weekend in Ontario as the guest of my friend and Doctor or Ministry colleague Peter Bartlett. He was being installed (though they much more appropriately call it a covenanting service) as the co-pastor of Eastminster United Church in Belleville, Ontario.  You can watch a video of my sermon below, full of […]

A Conference on Progressive Youth Ministry

progressive youth ministry

For over a year  I have been floating the idea of a conference on progressive youth ministry, and I’m pleased to say that this idea is finally coming together. I’ve been working with Tony Jones and Doug Pagitt (JoPa Productions) on a conference that we’ll host at Fourth Presbyterian Church in the spring of 2014. […]

Precritical and Postcritical Naiveté in Ministry with Children and Youth

Paul Ricoeur, 1913-2005

I’m excited to be a presenter at an upcoming conference called Subverting the Norm. Putting together the presentation in the next month will be a daunting task given all of the other projects I have on the burner, but this conference was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up. It will bring together postmodern […]

God’s Once and Future Kingdom

Christ the King

Yesterday’s Christ the King sermon on John 18:33-38. Last week, after the dedication of the Gratz Center, my family and a friend went out for a late lunch. At some point the conversation turned toward Christmas. We began to ask my almost four year old son what Christmas is all about. Whatever feelings of pastoral […]