Pictures on the Plaza


For those of you who are newer readers to the blog you may not know where the name “Preacher on the Plaza” came from. All of this blogging started in 2009 when I became the pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist Church— a lovely little congregation that sat in the middle of Lake Anne Plaza in
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Communion with Integrity


A Sermon Preached at Oaklands Presbyterian Church, Laurel, MD on Psalm 26 How many times have you and I walked into a social setting where we know we should under no circumstances bring up that subject? We better not say that our job now includes that or our children are involved in that. And, we
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3 Things #PopeinAmerica Taught Me About Jesus


If you live in DC, NYC or Philadelphia, everything about your life patterns this week has been altered by these words, “The Pope’s in Town.” We’ve changed our commute times. We’ve braved the crowds to get a glimpse of the holy man packing public transportation like sardines. We’ve seen “Pope” memorabilia fill the shops. Simply
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The Peace of Letting Go


There’s nothing more painful than unmet expectations for your life. This is especially true when it comes to relationships. Many months ago, I had coffee with a friend who told me the story about a dear cousin of his that stopped speaking to him one day. Cold turkey. Though they’d grown up like brothers .
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On the Plazas of Stockholm


Life in the Hagan household is on the move! Last week, I was able to join Kevin in representing the American Diabetes Association (ADA) at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Meeting (EASD) in Stockholm, Sweden. At meetings like this, I continue to learn so much about how this ruthless diabetes can be
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Internet Pastor


Several weeks ago, a young friend of mine whom I was just getting to know asked me, “So are you an internet pastor or something? I’ve been reading your blog . . .” I was taken back by her words. Visions of creepy televangelists, folks who get ordained over the internet just to do weddings,
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What Makes You Come Alive?


“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” –Howard Thurman Such was the guiding quote of a Church Visioning Retreat I led on Saturday at Fellowship Congregational Church (UCC) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fellowship Church and their
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Be a Human Being


A whole new way of looking at “my labor” came many years ago when a friend introduced me to a quote from Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Leaving Church. “The call to serve God is first and foremost the call to be fully human.” I copied it right away from the email she sent and put
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