A Lenten Experiment

A Lenten Experiment

Lenten small groups were now a tradition at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. A book or topic was selected and all the small groups gathered to discuss it (unlike the fall small groups that offered a variety of books or topics). But Lent 2019 was different....

Souper Supper and Other Ideas

Souper Supper and Other Ideas

Since 1990, Super Bowl Sunday has marked an annual event for churches across the country as youth groups and congregations engage in “Souper Bowl of Caring” activities to address hunger needs in local communities. The aim of Souper Bowl efforts include: “Transforming...

Epiphany Stars

"Epiphany is the celebration of God’s manifestation or self-revelation to the world in Jesus Christ. In particular, we celebrate the revelation of God’s promise and purpose to the nations of the world, as the magi came from the East to worship to the Christ child, and...

What Do You Expect?

What Do You Expect?

I was pregnant with my first child in December 2000. When my pastor colleague and I divided up the services we would lead and preach during that Advent season, I requested the third Sunday. Mary’s Magnificat, Luke 1:46b-55, was the lectionary text assigned for that...

History and Hope

Isaiah 11:1-9 Common English Bible (CEB) A shoot will grow up from the stump of Jesse; a branch will sprout from his roots. 2 The Lord’s spirit will rest upon him, a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of planning and strength, a spirit of knowledge and fear...

A Season of Active Waiting

Advent is a season of waiting, waiting for the birth of the Christ child, waiting for the second coming of the Messiah. But it ought not be a season of twiddle-your-thumbs waiting or rush-around-to-get-everything-done-before-December-25th waiting. No, instead, we...

Announcing the APCE Award Winners

ENRICH- Educator of the Year Michael Waschevski Michael Waschevski was called as an Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, Texas, in 1999 after having served churches in Michigan and Texas. He serves as Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and...

A Last Hurrah for Christmas

Many have sung the repetitive carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Many church leaders can (and have) explain(ed) our reasoning behind not singing Christmas carols in worship until Christmas Eve/Day and the twelve days after. An intercultural congregation in...

The Mission of Brown Jesus

  She sat in the middle of the crowd of about 100 students at a distinguished Christian university in Southern California. Following my keynote remarks titled “The Gospel and the Politics of Race,” she raised her hand sheepishly and asked the ten million dollar...

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