Tag Archives: confirmation

Passing the baton

[For two years I have served as transition pastor for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tonawanda, New York, as the congregation searched for its next regularly installed pastor. Most of these ruminations are messages I shared with them during worship on Sunday mornings. A new pastor set to begin ministry on May 17. This is […]

You are witnesses

We’re offering gifts to the confirmands today. We should offer a warning instead. Their mentors are giving them good study Bibles that will serve them for a lifetime. I’m giving them copies of Three Simple Rules, a modern restatement of John Wesley’s guide to faithful living. Not meaning to seem indelicate, I feel we ought […]

Rivers of living water

Five young people have just confirmed their faith. (The date was 8 June 2014.) They stood before us and took for themselves the promises someone made for them at their baptisms. They made a choice. And now it may be the preacher’s job to be quiet and to get out of the way and to […]