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Sooner or Later… Church!

April 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Faith and the City

Church is the textured context in which we grow up in Christ to maturity. But church is difficult. Sooner or later, though, if we are serious about growing up in Christ, we have to deal with church. I say sooner. Eugene Peterson A clergy friend of mine once said, “God sure chose a crazy, leaky vessel to help […]

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Strategic Prayer II: Who is My Neighbor?

March 15th, 2013 · 3 Comments · Faith and the City

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with […]

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Do Not Be Alarmed

November 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on Do Not Be Alarmed · Faith and the City

The church, my friends, has an image problem. In recent months, the boards of FAPC have been actively discussing the challenges faced by contemporary Christian communities.  The most significant concern faced by churches across this country is the increasing number of Americans (especially young adults) who say that they “believe in God,” yet are turned […]

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Shelter From The Stormy Blast

September 6th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

It’s good to be home.  My summer travels have taken me to North Carolina for a preaching gig, to Minnesota for study and family time, and to Atlanta for the funeral of a dear friend. After all the miles, it feels downright comforting to be buffeted by the rhythms of Manhattan. It’s good to be […]

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P-Soup

March 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on P-Soup · Faith and the City

This Sunday is Palm Sunday.  We are eager to celebrate this spirited Christian festival with you.  Children and adults, clergy and choir have been working creatively and faithfully to prepare for our upcoming Holy Week. We are ready to accompany you on the spiritual path that begins with Jesus riding into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), that […]

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Jesus says, “Eat Your Broccoli”

March 2nd, 2012 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

Will Willimon, the Methodist Bishop of North Alabama, likes to say that it is our sacred responsibility, as people of faith, “to work with whomever Jesus drags to church.” Recently, I used this quotation in a sermon.  After the service a young man came up to me and said, “Sir, that wasn’t Jesus.  That was […]

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The Bowling Lanes of the Lord

January 19th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Faith and the City

In the 1920’s, my father’s parents (Beatrice and Edgar) emigrated from Scotland to the United States.  Passing through Ellis Island, they moved into an apartment at 94-13 Jamaica Avenue in Queens. My grandfather was a journeyman carpenter who plied his trade in the New York shipyards.  My grandmother was a clerk at Bloomingdales.  Together they […]

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You Can’t Go It Alone in New York

October 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on You Can’t Go It Alone in New York · Faith and the City

This week I have been running into church members all around our fair city. I am still surprised when this happens.  It’s a numbers thing.  Hop around the corner to grab lunch in Gotham and you’ll pass a thousand other souls in two minutes flat.  Flashing along with all the other sardines, it is easy […]

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The Kardashians Go to Church

September 29th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Last week, a producer of the reality television show, “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” called the church.  Really!  In case you don’t know (I didn’t), Kourtney and Kim are two of the three Kardashian sisters. Who are the Kardashians?  Well, that’s a darn good question. The Kardashians have become famous in the odd way […]

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Summer Reading

June 18th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Faith and the City

June 18, 2010 One of my favorite things about the summer is reading.  Over the course of the year, a stack of books grows in my office.  I add to the pile when I get recommendations from you, or when I come across a good review in The Christian Century, or when an email from a […]

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