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Where Will You Be On Christmas Eve?

December 23rd, 2011 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

I know that many of you are on the move this weekend. As you journey to be with family and friends, I wish you Godspeed and travelers’ mercies. I also encourage you to attend worship services wherever you may be this Christmas Eve. (See FAPC’s worship schedule here.) Now, believe me, I have heard a […]

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There’s Something About Mary

December 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

A few years ago, I led a church trip through Turkey. We were following in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul, retracing his evangelistic journeys through the area. One sunny afternoon, our group ascended a hilltop near the ruins of Ephesus. Arriving at the summit, our guide for the day informed us that we were […]

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Finding Joy on Fifth Avenue

November 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Finding Joy on Fifth Avenue · Faith and the City

This past Monday, in a televised ceremony held on the front steps of our church, a switch was flipped and the UNICEF snowflake that hangs over Fifth Avenue was lit. To many, the lighting of this huge, sparkling ornament signals the beginning of the holidays here in New York. As much as I love the […]

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The Hope and Fears of All the Years

October 25th, 2011 · 13 Comments · Faith and the City

Hey Good Readers, I am working this week to frame up a series of sermons for Advent and Christmas, and I have a question for you: What’s your favorite verse (or phrase) from a Christmas carol or an Advent hymn? I know that we haven’t even passed trick-or-treating yet, but the choir and I need […]

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Christmas Stories

December 10th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Faith and the City

What are you reading? Every year, as Christmas approaches, I find myself drawn to various classic (and not-so-classic, but still wonderful) stories that capture the season for me. I like to read W.H. Auden’s “For the Time Being”—a powerful poem written during the dark days of the blitzkrieg in London in World War II.  It […]

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The Ghost of Christmas Present

December 17th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Ghost of Christmas Present · Faith and the City

One of my favorite parts of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is when the “Ghost of Christmas Present” whisks Scrooge around London on Christmas Eve to see what is happening in the far-flung corners of the city. Scrooge visits merry parties.  He peeks in on humble feasts.  He also sees hard circumstances and human struggle.  When […]

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The Pageant

December 12th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Pageant · Faith and the City

This coming Sunday is “Pageant Sunday.”  The sanctuary will be filled with straw (fire-proof straw, but straw none-the-less), angels, magi, shepherds, and, of course, wayward sheep and cows.  It will be, as always, sacred chaos! This past week, Amy and I have been taking turns reading Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever to our […]

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