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Confirmation Revisited

This Sunday is the day of your confirmation.  On your own two legs, in your own voice, independently and publicly and according to your own sole faith, you will declare that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.  I won’t say it for you this time, nor with you, nor to you.  You, child, will confess…

Liminality & Confirmation

Copied here is a combined sermon from traditional worship on May 19, 2019 — Confirmation Sunday. Sections addressing each confirmand from the 8AM and 10:45 services that morning are combined within the sermon structure and theme here. Robert Fulghum, has written eight best-selling books, although he is most famous for his first best-seller, All I…

Fire in the House

“Divided tongue, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.”  To be honest, I’ve never quite gotten it … the whole “tongues of fire” thing.  I’ve probably laid hands upon the heads of 600-700 teens over the years of my ministry, and never once did a “tongue of fire”…

God Has Faith in You

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL EASTER 6 What is faith?  I knew faith when I was very little.  Faith was what my mother felt toward me.  I knew her faith in me, I lived in the joy of her faith.  My faith was a response to hers; it was not separate from that of my mother.  Father carried…

Where Does Your Faith Grow?

The Rite of Confirmation has been around a long time.  Over the years it has been characterized by white and red robes … the examination of confirmands in front of the congregation … lofty talk about becoming “members” of the congregation (even though we have always become members of the church through baptism) … gifts…