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The Big Preach

November 8th, 2013 · Comments Off on The Big Preach · Faith and the City

In trying to figure out whether I will be in the pulpit on any given Sunday (and consequently whether I am available to play Legos on a Saturday afternoon), my son Ollie (10) will often ask, “Dad, are you doing the big preach this week?” I haven’t had the heart (or the humility) to offer […]

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Dear Oliver

May 17th, 2012 · 5 Comments · Sermon Bin

“Dear Oliver” 2 Timothy 1: 1-7 Mother’s Day Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church May 13, 2012 ©Scott Black Johnston A few years ago, Richard Dawkins, prominent zoologist and atheist, wrote a letter to his ten-year-old daughter, Juliet.  In the letter, Dawkins uses age-appropriate language and illustrations to steer his daughter toward the truth as he sees […]

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Can You Trust Mama?

May 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. In worship, we will be reading from the pages of an oft-overlooked book in the New Testament — Second Timothy. In this fairly short letter, the Apostle Paul reaches out to exhort and comfort his young friend. He does this by recalling the manner in which Timothy came to faith. […]

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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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