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 […]

The Limits of Reason

Photo by Algars Mahinovs

Earlier today, as I was reading some secondary literature about David Tracy, I found my way to an interview with him that was published in the Christian Century back in 2002. The interview was about shifts in his (then) current thinking from his earlier work in books such as Blessed Rage for Order. One way […]