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What Does Grace Feel Like?

June 12th, 2014 · Comments Off on What Does Grace Feel Like? · Faith and the City

A good friend and I have been emailing back and forth on the subject of grace. We have been considering whether grace feels good? Seems like a no-brainer, right? Of course, grace feels good. Yet, southern author and short-story virtuoso, Flannery O’Connor consistently suggested that grace is not a warm-fuzzy feeling, but is more akin to a hard knock on […]

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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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A Poem/Prayer for Summer

June 29th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Let Me Live Grace-Fully Thank you, Lord, for this season of sun and slow motion, of games and porch sitting, of picnics and light green fireflies on heavy purple evenings; and praise for slight breezes. It’s good, God, as the first long days of your creation. Let this season be for me a time of […]

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Canine Theology

April 27th, 2012 · 5 Comments · Faith and the City

My family recently acquired a dog. Fergus is six months old. He is small (about 10 pounds), vanilla with caramel-coated ears, and fully charged with puppy zing. When someone visits our apartment, Fergus runs to them, cavorts around, and generally communicates, “You are my new most favorite person in the world!”  When I get home in […]

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Holy Week and the Harrowing of Hell

March 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Sermon Bin

“Why Do We Confess that Christ Descended into Hell?” 1 Peter 3:17-4:6 Palm Sunday March 28, 2010 Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church ©Scott Black Johnston 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the […]

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