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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What Makes A Home?


A Sermon Preached at Oaklands Presbyterian Church, Laurel, MD from Mark 6: 1-13 Sing with me if you know the words. God bless America, My home, sweet home. God bless America. My home, sweet home. Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.  Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of
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How Do You Speak of God?


  In my childhood church, when we prayed, we always prayed to our “Heavenly Father” and we called God “He.”   I was taught God was male. Case closed. And because this was true, if you really wanted to be seen as extra holy, you’d be sure to capitalize in writing any pronoun reference for
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Why I Support Equality of Marriage


It was a big day yesterday. A BIG day. A day so many of us will remember where we were when we heard the news. Marriage is just marriage. It’s now the law of the land. In light of this, I thought it might be a great opportunity to revisit a post I wrote back
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How Do I Know When To ______?


As a pastor I am often asked by people: “How do I know when to________?” For example, I hear you say: How do I know when to ask her to marry me? How do I know when to sign up for an online dating account? How do I know when to pursue conversation with my
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When We Hit the Hard Place #Charleston


A Sermon Preached at Broadneck Baptist Church, Annapolis, MD from Mark 4: 35-41 This is how our gospel lesson opens: Jesus speaks. It’s an abrupt beginning (as most movement in Mark’s gospel is) where Jesus gives a vague description of what’s up ahead. And this is what Jesus says to his followers: “Let’s go across to
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