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In the Presence of My Frenemies

April 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off on In the Presence of My Frenemies · Faith and the City

As the parent of a teenager, I enjoy eavesdropping on the ever-fresh vocabulary of high school students. One of the most evocative and fascinating terms that my daughter uses is frenemy. Frenemy, of course, is a mash-up of friend and enemy. It describes a person who is a helpful companion some of the time and […]

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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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October 18th, 2010 · Comments Off on Spit · Faith and the City

This week I am working on a sermon entitled “SPIT.” In John, Chapter 9, Christ spits on the ground and uses the resulting mud to spackle the eyes of a man who has been blind from birth. When the man washes the mud off, he can see. It is a miracle! And that, my friends, […]

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Go and Do Likewise…

July 29th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Faith and the City

These are interesting (even challenging) times to be a disciple.  We swim in a culture in which people are less and less sure what it means to be a Christian.  We live in a city where many doubt that a person with a vigorous mind would (or could) also have an active faith. What’s more, […]

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Peeling the Apple

March 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Faith and the City

I recently asked the congregation to submit questions that they would like to hear addressed in the pulpit.  The most common question we received was: “Is Jesus the only way?” In a place like New York, this makes sense to me.  How, in the midst of this rough-and-tumble diversity, am I to think about what […]

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The New York Stress Exchange

February 4th, 2010 · Comments Off on The New York Stress Exchange · Faith and the City

This past Wednesday, I asked my barber, a quiet Italian guy at this classic, red-and-white twisty pole, barbershop on Lexington, what he thought about stress.  “Peter, what gives people stress?”  After a few more snips, he responded, “Too much work, and not enough work.”  I thought that was a pretty good answer. Later the same […]

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