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@Table w/ the Confirmands

February 25th, 2016 · Comments Off on @Table w/ the Confirmands · Faith and the City

It is a common icebreaker: “Name the person, living or dead, with whom you would most like to share a meal?” An Australian food company recently posed this question to a group of adults. Predictably, their answers listed celebrities: Marylin Monroe, Justin Bieber, Jimi Hendrix, and Nelson Mandela. After filming the adults, the director dismissed them. […]

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Write It Down

March 1st, 2014 · Comments Off on Write It Down · Faith and the City

This Sunday is Confirmation Sunday. At the 11 am worship service, eight young people will join the church. Over the last several months, our Confirmands have taken an intensive course on Christianity. They have studied the Bible together. They have shared their personal stories. They have served at the Bowery Mission. Each of them has […]

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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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Changed Your Mind Lately?

February 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Changed Your Mind Lately? · Faith and the City

Every few years, The Christian Century, one of the key “trade” magazines for clergy types, runs a series of articles entitled, “How My Mind Has Changed.” Basically, the editors get a notable theologian or two to write a few pages about how, over the course of their lives, their beliefs have changed. It is a fascinating series. Admittedly, […]

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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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Oil and Snow

February 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

I am looking out my office window at the roof of the sanctuary—a roof which, instead of its usual coppery green, is blanketed with white.  It is a quiet day here.  Even the street noise is muffled.  The church, which follows the pattern of the New York Public Schools, is closed.  Our maintenance crew is […]

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