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The Souper Bowl

February 5th, 2016 · Comments Off on The Souper Bowl · Faith and the City

About 12 years ago, I met the Rev. Brad Smith. Brad told me an amazing story. In 1990, he was an associate pastor at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. On Super Bowl Sunday, Brad offered a simple prayer as the church’s youth group settled down to watch the big game: Lord, even […]

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The Bowling Lanes of the Lord

January 19th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Faith and the City

In the 1920’s, my father’s parents (Beatrice and Edgar) emigrated from Scotland to the United States.  Passing through Ellis Island, they moved into an apartment at 94-13 Jamaica Avenue in Queens. My grandfather was a journeyman carpenter who plied his trade in the New York shipyards.  My grandmother was a clerk at Bloomingdales.  Together they […]

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Dear Eutychus

March 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Sermon Bin

A Confirmation Sunday Homily February 28, 2010 Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church ©Scott Black Johnston Acts 20 7 On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued speaking until midnight.  8 There were many lamps […]

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