For various reasons, I don’t often post my sermons on this blog, nor do I mention my work with the Presbytery of the Northern Plains. Today, however, I’m making an exception and posting the manuscript for the sermon I preached this morning at First Presbyterian Church of Fargo, ND at the Installation Service of the [...]
Last week, a small group of Presbyterians from across the denomination gathered in Baltimore for the Six Agency Leadership Initiative Consultation (SALIC). Here’s what happened and why it matters.
What’s better than 1,000+ college students attending a mainline church conference on their Christmas break and loving every minute of it? Maybe the Twins winning a World Series, but not much else. With my good friend, Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman, I am Co-Directing the next College Conference at the Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina! [...]
I’m happy to join others in the PC(USA) in YAV social media blitz week. The Young Adult Volunteer program is a gem, so it’s great to see the denomination committed to making the program bigger and stronger in the coming years. Read the YAV description below, and also check out Thomas Guthrie’s inspiring sermon preached [...]
Bruce Reyes Chow is asking, as part of Patheos’ Election 2012 coverage, “What Presbyterians Should Care About” this election. Here’s my answer: I have a particular interest in the issues we aren’t talking about this election season. I can’t be totally sure this is due to my faith rather than my penchant for debate. Either [...]
It’s an honor to write a few posts for the New Media Project. If you don’t know their research and case studies on church life and new media, check it out today. Today’s post is entitled, “The old rugged hymnal: New songs and old media.” I’ve posted an excerpt below: The old rugged hymnal: New songs and [...]
I know of plenty books that tell you how to get into medical school, how to study for the LSAT, or how to thrive in business school, but books on seminary education are pretty rare indeed. Keeping the Faith in Seminary not only fills a gap in for anyone interested in what seminary is like [...]
I’m just back from a few days at the 220th General Assembly of the PC(USA). Every two years hundreds of Presbyterians meet to fight with one another, debate others’ bad theology, and generally disagree. Oh, and drink scotch. I jest. And yet, General Assembly sometimes feels as exactly this. Even though I attended the assembly [...]
The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation made an exciting announcement yesterday. The content list for the 2013 Presbyterian Hymnal “Glory to God” is now available online!
As a member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song I can say that list represents years of prayer-filled discernment (and hundreds of anguished votes). Surely, the contents will now be met with thanks, praise, and criticism. That’s how this process works. That’s how, I suppose, God works through the process as well.
As the countdown to announcement neared, I wondered what language would accompany it. What’s the right verb?
Would the list be “released?” Would the list be “prayed into the world?” Would the list be “offered,” “revealed,” or “shared?” The question of language — obviously, not a new one for the committee — is a tricky one.