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The Innocents

December 18th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Sermon Bin

“The Innocents” Advent 3 Luke 1: 26-38   December 16, 2012 Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church ©Scott Black Johnston   Since this is Pageant Sunday, I had planned to use this time during the service to talk with our shepherds, angels, little lambs and what appears to be a Christmas pig.  However, as news of the […]

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Dear Oliver

May 17th, 2012 · 5 Comments · Sermon Bin

“Dear Oliver” 2 Timothy 1: 1-7 Mother’s Day Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church May 13, 2012 ©Scott Black Johnston A few years ago, Richard Dawkins, prominent zoologist and atheist, wrote a letter to his ten-year-old daughter, Juliet.  In the letter, Dawkins uses age-appropriate language and illustrations to steer his daughter toward the truth as he sees […]

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Fix My Life

April 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Sermon Bin

“Fix My Life” Job 19: 13-27 Fourth Sunday in Easter Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church ©Scott Black Johnston Job 19:13-27 13 “He has put my family far from me, and my acquaintances are wholly estranged from me.  14 My relatives and my close friends have failed me;  15 the guests in my house have forgotten me; […]

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All Done?

April 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Sermon Bin

“All Done?” John 19: 28-42 Good Friday April 2, 2010 John 19:28-42   28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.”  29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch […]

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Holy Week and the Harrowing of Hell

March 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Sermon Bin

“Why Do We Confess that Christ Descended into Hell?” 1 Peter 3:17-4:6 Palm Sunday March 28, 2010 Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church ©Scott Black Johnston 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the […]

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Dear Eutychus

March 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Sermon Bin

A Confirmation Sunday Homily February 28, 2010 Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church ©Scott Black Johnston Acts 20 7 On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued speaking until midnight.  8 There were many lamps […]

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How Do I Know What God Wants Me to Do?

February 22nd, 2010 · 5 Comments · Sermon Bin

“How Do I Know What God Wants Me to Do?” Luke 4: 1-13 First Sunday in Lent February 21, 2010 Luke 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing […]

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“You Noticed!?” (Chicago Public Television)

January 6th, 2010 · Comments Off on “You Noticed!?” (Chicago Public Television) · Sermon Bin

Imagine looking up at the night sky, feeling small under its vast umbrella, the wildest claim that you might make at such a moment is not that God exists, but that God cares. A sermon for Chicago Public TV’s “Thirty Good Minutes.”

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