An idea for a unique conference for progressive youth workers. Some conversations with Tony Jones. Three years later, we've wrapped up our third successful Progressive Youth Ministry conference and we're already working on the next one. This has been a wild ride. In his opening sermon, Neil … Read more about #PYM16 Afterglow
Last week in my evangelism class we read Speaking Christian by the late Marcus Borg. I really like Borg, though I recognize that he's not everyone's cup of tea. It's not perfect, but his articulation of Christian faith resonates with me. One of my criticisms of Borg is that he never moved beyond … Read more about Should Progressive Christians More Aggressively Engage the Culture Wars?
I found Rob Bell's Everything is Spiritual presentation at The National in Richmond on Tuesday inspiring and fascinating. Having enjoyed his first Everything is Spiritual tour, I was primed for this new installment. I geeked out when he talked about science---for those who don't know, I planned on … Read more about Rob Bell is Defining “Progressive”
I am getting very excited for the second edition of the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference next week. For the second year in a row I think we have put together a conference unlike any other youth ministry gathering in the world. In addition to our great lineup of plenary speakers, check out this … Read more about Seminars at #PYM15
Several years ago, through the leadership of two church members with interests in sacred art, we introduced an "Icons of Faith" project into our confirmation curriculum. The idea is for every participant in the confirmation program---youth and adult leaders---to choose someone who represents a … Read more about Marcus Borg: Icon of Faith
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 … Read more about Proclaiming the Unknown God
Several years ago I reached out to Tony Jones with the idea of putting together a youth ministry conference that was unambiguously progressive. Nothing like this really existed and I was frustrated with having to filter other conference experiences through my progressive theological perspective and … Read more about Progressive Youth Ministry Recap
Readers of this blog know that I'm very excited about the Progressive Youth Ministry conference I'm hosting at Fourth Church in March. I really believe that this will be a game changing gathering for progressive youth workers. This week only (before it sells out) you can save $50 off your … Read more about Save $50 This Week on Progressive Youth Ministry