On the “Forever Young Urban Pastors” and coming to the Table

On the “Forever Young Urban Pastors” and coming to the Table

May 12, 2016—We now call ourselves the “Forever Young Urban Pastors” group. We used to be the Young Urban Pastors group. And when I was invited to join the group in 2009 for the gathering in Seattle, I was still…

For the Bookshelf: The Other Six Days

May 2, 2016—R. Paul Stevens, Professor Emeritus of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regents College, Vancouver, BC has provided what should be required reading for seminarians, clergy, and the informed congregational leader. In The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work,…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

God of the Flood

This is a sermon preached 3/31/15 at Faith Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC. In light of the recent flood in Houston and numerous others around the world, we thought this sermon would be appropriate this week.

April 28, 2016—Psalm 29

Updated Curriculum Charts

April 14, 2016—I always tell congregations that right after Easter is the time to begin evaluating the current programmatic year, especially if a church seeks to discern a new curricular resource to use with children, youth, and/or adults. So this…

Getting to Know the Familiar Stranger

April 11, 2016—Last week I had two interesting conversations with familiar strangers. By “familiar strangers” I mean those people we have become comfortable around because of propinquity yet don’t really know. You know them, people at work we see every…

What About the White Folks?

United Methodist Commission on Race. Black Ministries and Latino/Hispanic Ministries—The Episcopal Church. Council for Racial and Ethnic Ministries (COREM)—United Church of Christ. Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries—Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries—Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

April 7,…

Lent, Holy Week, Eastertide – and on to Pentecost

March 31, 2016—Holy Week is in the mirror and Eastertide is upon us. To all musicians, liturgical artists, educators, clergy, office and facilities staff and volunteer alike – well done! You made it, holy Easter afternoon nap and all.

While…

It’s NOT a “Leap of Faith” … It’s just FAITH

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. Luke 16:10

March 24, 2016—I have been amazed in recent days, weeks, and years by…

Volunteerism and the Future of Church Leadership

March 21, 2016—It is not a stretch to realize that churches are probably the longest standing user of volunteer services. From teaching Sunday school classes, staffing committees to operating the various mission efforts churches are almost completely dependent upon unpaid…

On Not Being the “Safe” One

March 17, 2016—While at the NEXT Church National Gathering last week, I engaged in a number of conversations about race. Some were about encounters with race and racism. Others were about racial justice. But the one that was most…

Faith and Politics: When Preaching Gets to Meddling

March 10, 2016—Today a friend made an off-hand comment that went something like, “Andrew is one of the most political pastors I know.” He didn’t mean it negatively. It was just an off-hand comment in a conversation about non-profit work….

Better Than Church? Exercise as a Spiritual Experience

March 3, 2016—Last week I caught Tom Ashbrook’s show On Point (via podcast). He was talking about the so-called “boutique fitness” trend—exercise classes that promise not only a hard workout but also strong community, and in some cases spiritual…

Life Assessment

February 29, 2016—In 1990 I was asked to design a course for Trinity College in their adult education program (yes, I’m still tossing out files. I’m doing pretty good on this New Year’s Resolution no. 7. Not so much on…

Preaching that Makes Faith Leap

February 25, 2016—No matter one’s gender, age, race, religion, ethnicity, economic, educational or social status they are not immune to the “troubles of this world.” 2015 was a difficult year for many. On a national level we were made aware…

An Intelligent Person

February 22, 2016—I met a rare kind of person last week. He was what I’ll describe as a genuinely intelligent person. There are plenty of smart or knowledgeable people around, and given that I spend a lot of time around…

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