My first book of sermons, Too Good to Be True, is now published by Christian Alternative and is available through Amazon and good bookstores like Hearts & Minds Books. The book features a foreword by Peter Rollins and an afterword by Thomas Altizer, and the opening essay, “Pentecosting: Preaching the Death of God,” is an edited and expanded form of my presentations at last year’s Subverting the Norm 2 and AAR/North American Paul Tillich Society conferences.
The sermons loosely follow the lectionary; a few sermons that have been previewed here at AUFS; and two were published separately in Knights Templar Magazine last year.
If you’re interested, the ebook sells for less than $5, so I hope you will find it to be a good value.
All in all, this is a book that wouldn’t have been possible without my association with this blog, without a larger platform for preaching, so thank you to Adam and Brad for supporting me here. I am grateful to Pete and Tom for their support of the project, and to Bruce Epperly, Clayton Crockett, and Phil Snider for writing endorsements for the book. And thanks to Christian Alternative, especially Trevor Greenfield, for supporting the project.
I am hoping that a second book following year B of the lectionary, The Death of Oz, will find a publisher.
As for getting back into the swing of the blog, some of you may know I was on a Holy Land pilgrimage recently and I am looking forward to showing you some of my experiences, observations, and photos. I am continuing to work on a few projects, most importantly a work on a Girardian interpretation of Freemasonry titled Murdered between the Altar and the Temple and a project on Confirmation practices, with the working title Confirmation: Where Gods Go to Die.
Similarly, I have a few upcoming speaking engagements…
March 15, public presentation on the Holy Land, 9 AM, St. Paul’s UCC, Dallastown, PA
March 20, Progressive Youth Ministry Conference, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL
April 27, on intergenerational worship with children and The Synaptic Gospel, Gettysburg UCC Association Ministerium,
May 16, UCC Theological Summit, Dallastown, PA
June 14, panel on Confirmation practices, Penn Central UCC Annual Conference, Susquehanna University (PA)
July 9-12, time TBA, UCC Mid-Atlantic Regional Youth Event (PA)
September 25, tentative, presentation on the Holy Land, Hermit Commandery, Lebanon, PA