Was Jesus Born to Die?

I preached this sermon on Sunday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. It weaves together a couple of earlier blog

Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

When I was in high school, my favorite youth group leader was a man named Dave. I don't recall him being an especially astute biblical scholar or a

God Is With Us

I preached this sermon at the 6:00 PM Christmas Eve family service at Fourth Presbyterian Church last week. The primary text was the story of Jesus'

Confirmation Questions

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

Post-Christendom Youth Ministry

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

What to Make of Tony’s Schism?

This week I've been writing about a post-Christendom posture that seeks unity rather than uniformity. An underlying conviction is that it is possible