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A Prayer for Paris

November 13th, 2015 · Comments Off on A Prayer for Paris · Sharp Prayers

God of Compassion, we pray for the people affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris. We pray for the wounded. We pray for families who have lost loved ones. We pray for the fire, police, military and ambulance staff on the scene. We pray for the doctors and nurses caring for the injured. Holy and Righteous God, these cynical and cowardly acts […]

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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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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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Exorcisms Anyone?

November 10th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Faith and the City

My alarm clock is tuned to a local news station.  Every morning, I wake to the top three or four stories.  This week, I am convinced that if my eight-year old son were to release a colony of fire ants in my bed, it would make for a more pleasant start to my day. I […]

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