By Any Other Name…

John Wilkinson  Pastor, Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25 Faster than you can say Harmon Killebrew, the Covenant Network of Presbyterians is eleven years old. I am privileged, and a little undone, to have been part of that story from the beginning. The initial stages of this morning’s conversation may have a […]

Crumbs and the Covenant

Barbara K. Lundblad Professor of Preaching, Union Theological Seminary (NY) Isaiah 56: 1 – 8, Matthew 15: 21 – 28 I am deeply honored that you invited a Lutheran to be part of this gathering – a tangible sign of our full communion agreement. While we may be in full communion, Lutherans and Presbyterians aren’t […]

An Unfamiliar Dawn

Eily Marlow Lilly Project Program Associate Macalaster College Genesis 32:22-33:4 ; Hebrews 6:9-12 When told that the theme of the conference was covenant, to be honest my first thought was back to my ordination exams.    There is much talk in seminary about this extraneous hoop we maneuver.  But there is an equally universal experience when […]

The God of the Covenant and Amendment 08-B

Excerpted and edited from Address to the 2008 Covenant Conference William Stacy Johnson Princeton Theological Seminary “And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people” (Leviticus 26:12). We Presbyterians are a covenant people who serve and worship a covenant-making God. That phrase from Leviticus, “And I will […]

Summoned to a Dialogic Life

  Walter Brueggemann Professor of Old Testament Emeritus Columbia Theological Seminary (Précis of his presentation to the 2008 Covenant Conference) The God of the Bible is a covenant-maker and a covenant-keeper. But the matter is more complex than that. With Abraham God makes a covenant that is unilateral and unconditional. With Moses at Sinai God […]

A Comprehensive Covenant

Diane Givens Moffett Pastor, St James Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC Isaiah 61:8-9; John 3:16; Acts 15:1-3 Many of you may have heard the story of a little girl who was about six years old. She was in school and it was time for an art lesson. The teacher said that this little girl hardly ever […]