Proud of My Peeps

I am sure this is blog title that I could repeat it again for years to come, but I just had to make mention of it today because of what I witnessed this afternoon. It is a cold and icy day in the DC area (for those of you who do not live here). Schools
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Cell Phones in Church?

This week, while at my Lewis Fellows meeting, our group had the opportunity to dialogue with Olu Brown, senior pastor of a new church start in Atlanta, Impact Church which has experienced explosive growth during its short tenure of two years. Impact church meets in an junior high school and is averaging a weekly attendance
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My Week of MLK

While I have several memorable moments of celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, especially when I lived in Birmingham, AL (singing “We Shall Overcome” alongside people of all races at 16th Street Baptist Church in 2002 is a lifetime moment I’ll never forget), this week has been for me one of the most MLK focused weeks I’ve
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Prayer for Our President

Today has been a huge day for all of us. The emotion, the beauty of it all is more than many of us have seen in a long time. People of all walks of life coming together.  Cheering! Communities standing together with joy. Hope born again for our nation. All I know how to do
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Who We Are

Over the past couple weeks of sermons, I’ve have been hoping through my preaching to articulate a vision for who I am as a pastor and who we are as a church.   I got a lot of help in planning for my first month here from Adam Hamilton’s book: Leading Behind the Walls. (I
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The Church on the Plaza Pictures

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Some of you might look as this picture below and wonder what is on the roof?? Well, the answer is this: a pulpit. Yes, I am not kidding. Part of the original design of the church was for the gospel to have a voice in the midst of the city square. When I visited the
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The Church on the Plaza

For those of you who might be new to Reston just like me, let me tell you a bit more about the community where the church is located. (Realize here that I’m am not a church or community historian yet, just a learner). In mid-60s, when the Lake Anne waterfront area was designed, there were
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The Stuff We Collect

Ever since we moved into our new place in Northern VA, I feel like my life has been consumed in “stuff.” Like everyone says, you move and have no idea how much you really have until you have to box it all up. And, in our case, even more so when you unpack. While our
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The First Week on the Job

“How’s it going over there?” This question is what several people have asked me this week as I have begun this new adventure called being a solo pastor. My easy answer is: very good. So much is new, but everyone is being very nice. I know I am going to enjoy getting know my co-workers. Preaching, preaching, and
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