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Add Friendship and Stir

November 21st, 2014 · Comments Off on Add Friendship and Stir · Faith and the City

A few times every year, we bring in an outside preacher to fill FAPC’s pulpit. This Sunday, we will welcome the Reverend Thomas Are, Jr. from Village Presbyterian Church in Kanas City. Tom is an exceptionally fine preacher. He is also my friend. It is a privilege to introduce outstanding pastors and speakers to you. […]

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Zombies and Saints

October 31st, 2014 · Comments Off on Zombies and Saints · Faith and the City

Boo! It’s Halloween. In this country, we go all out to celebrate this spooky holiday. We spend more money on Halloween — on costumes, decorations and candy — than at any other time save Christmas. What is it about this annual brush with the Zombie Apocalypse that so thoroughly engages us? Mostly, I suppose it is […]

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Is Same Sex Marriage, Christian Marriage?

January 23rd, 2014 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

“Every generation of Christians is obligated to wrestle with theological controversy.”  –Rowan Greer Professor Greer illustrated this truth by taking his students on a semester-long tour of the Church’s fiercest and most important fights. Along the way, he constantly reminded us that Church History is the record of Christian communities and individuals at conflict with […]

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Happy Biscuit Day!

November 29th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

A few years ago, I realized that my children—caught up in the blizzard of advertisements on television, in the subways, and on passing billboards—had come to see Black Friday as an actual holiday. “What deals are we going to score on Black Friday, Daddy?” Wow! As many of you know, the term “Black Friday” has […]

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Summer Reading Stack 2012

May 30th, 2012 · 10 Comments · Faith and the City

Summer is upon us.  With the promise of hot days, iced tea (with mint, of course), and a break from the hectic pace of this hard-driving city comes one of the great pleasures in life:  summer reading. Here are a few of the things in my hammock-ready stack: Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists, Pantheon, […]

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October 18th, 2010 · Comments Off on Spit · Faith and the City

This week I am working on a sermon entitled “SPIT.” In John, Chapter 9, Christ spits on the ground and uses the resulting mud to spackle the eyes of a man who has been blind from birth. When the man washes the mud off, he can see. It is a miracle! And that, my friends, […]

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