Finding Courage at Chautauqua


In the spirit of being a “Preacher on the Plaza,” how fun it was to be the Chaplain at the Baptist House of Chautauqua Institute last week in New York!  (I will always travel to preach!) If you aren’t familiar with the Chautauqua Institute (as I wasn’t before this, my first visit), it’s a center for
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Wisdom: Not Just for Grandmas

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A Sermon Preached: Psalm 111 A sermon preached in Chautauqua Institute Baptist House We are new to one another this morning as preacher to congregation, but l wanted to let you in on a secret about me. Though I’ve been ordained for almost 10 years, this is the only second time in my preaching life I’ve ever
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One Secret to Happiness


There are popular misconceptions when it comes to happiness. Happiness defined as a delightful look on your face all the time. Happiness as “How are you doing?” conversations concluding with an “I’m doing just great!” ending. Happiness as having a great golf record or a perfect manicure. Defining happiness in this way makes us feel good
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What the Church Can Learn from Twitter


  “You should really try Twitter, Elizabeth. It’s a good networking tool for the church.” Such were the words from a communications professional friend. In 2008, they fell on my deaf ears. My distant impression of twitter was a bunch of people saying: “I had a peanut butter sandwich for lunch.” Who really cared? I just
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You Can More than Survive


There’s a popular misconception when it comes to advice we give and crave during difficult times. “You’ll get through this. You can do it!” “If I can survive this . . . I can do anything.” In life’s hard places, we rally ourselves around images of strength and courage. One of my personal favorites is
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Living God is Love


Throughout my life, on my best days and worst days alike, there has been one abiding truth that I’ve always known and clung to: God is love. Nothing that can separate us from this love. No height, nor depth, no nothing! And the love of God is not just for a select few. It is for all
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What Makes You Brave?


When is the last time you did something you later called brave? Last year I went zip lining through the rainforest in Costa Rica. That felt brave. Last month I spoke candidly with a friend, though it might have ruined our friendship. That felt brave. Bravery to me is all about rising to the challenge,
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A Prayer of Surrender


A sermon preached at the Antioch Christian Church, Vienna, VA from Ephesians 3:14-21 Surrender—it’s a word that’s defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as verb that means to give control or use of (something) to someone else. And I have to tell you that it’s not one of my favorite words. Oh, I love verbs that are the
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