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Thank God for Chipped China

November 26th, 2015 · Comments Off on Thank God for Chipped China · Sharp Prayers

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.” –Philippians 2:3-5 Dear Friends in Christ, Today, the Black Johnston family will set the table with an eclectic set […]

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Happy Biscuit Day!

November 29th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

A few years ago, I realized that my children—caught up in the blizzard of advertisements on television, in the subways, and on passing billboards—had come to see Black Friday as an actual holiday. “What deals are we going to score on Black Friday, Daddy?” Wow! As many of you know, the term “Black Friday” has […]

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A Thanksgiving Prayer

November 27th, 2013 · Comments Off on A Thanksgiving Prayer · Sharp Prayers

              Thou hast given so much to me, Give one thing more—a grateful heart; Not thankful when it pleaseth me, As if Thy blessings had spare days, But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.                         […]

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October 24th, 2013 · Comments Off on Golden · Faith and the City

Dear Friends in Christ, I have a music recommendation for you. It is not especially churchy, although God gets more than a few shout outs. It is Friday after-work, kick-off-your-shoes, dance-around-the-apartment music. I want to you to check out Jill Scott. Jill is a thoughtful lyricist with an amazing set of pipes. Her music exudes—there’s […]

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What Blessings?

October 4th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Sharp Prayers

One of my responsibilities at home is to carry boxes of books up and down from the basement of our apartment building. It is a regular thing — a seasonal chore. My bride, you see, has organized our family’s extensive collection of children’s books according to the holidays. So, when instructed, I head downstairs to […]

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Thanks for the Pottage

November 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Thanks for the Pottage · Faith and the City

This week, The New York Times has an interactive page on its website entitled The Thanksgiving-erator. It is an electronic flow chart. To begin, you check boxes indicating the kind of dishes you would like to see on the Thanksgiving table. When you’re finished, the page produces a menu tailored to your taste buds and provides all the […]

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Thanksgiving Tables

November 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Thanksgiving Tables · Faith and the City

Thanksgiving is a day that revolves around tradition. I like to ask: “What is the one thing that you need to see on the table in order for it to be Thanksgiving?” Is it the sweet potato casserole? The turkey drumstick? Cornbread stuffing? The pumpkin pie! There are rich traditions that come before the meal, […]

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Finding Joy on Fifth Avenue

November 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Finding Joy on Fifth Avenue · Faith and the City

This past Monday, in a televised ceremony held on the front steps of our church, a switch was flipped and the UNICEF snowflake that hangs over Fifth Avenue was lit. To many, the lighting of this huge, sparkling ornament signals the beginning of the holidays here in New York. As much as I love the […]

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Thanksgiving (in reverse)

November 23rd, 2010 · 5 Comments · Faith and the City

A couple of years ago, The Journal of Personal Social Psychology described an interesting study at UVA. In it, college students wrote essays in which they were asked to “mentally subtract” a positive event or person from their lives.  The exercise was intended to stimulate the “George Bailey effect”—recalling the classic Frank Capra film, It’s […]

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