A Moment to Remember

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On Sunday we celebrated another baptism in the life of Washington Plaza Church. This time, it was a 6th grade boy, Will. This was a milestone for our congregation because although we do a lot of adult baptisms (which is unusual in many Baptist churches), we haven’t done a child baptism for a long while.
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With Joy

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Yesterday I finished a month-long sermon series on Paul’s letter of joy, Philippians. Though this particular book is filled with some of the most beautiful lines of scripture, I mean who doesn’t love “I thank my God every time I remember you” or “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” or “My God shall
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The Mystery of Marriage

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Next week, I will be on vacation celebrating my second wedding anniversary with Kevin. It’s a yearly tradition of traveling this time of year that we hope to keep going for a long time. This year, as I’ve grown more into the identity of what it means for me to be married, what comes to
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Church Signs Battle Off

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My cousin, Suzanne, sent me this yesterday, I believe after reading my post yesterday. I laughed when I read it  and thought you would enjoy it. I could probably write blogs about this for a long time (but won’t, don’t worry), as the possiblities of damaging things that could be done are endless. A bit of
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Church Signs

On my drive to work each day if I take a particular route, I pass by two unique church signs. Both churches are a part  prominent Mainline denominations. Both churches are in a part of town that commuters pass regularly and next to a Metro stop. The location of both signs speak loudly about what
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Preacher Goes to Court

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Today, I spent the morning in court. . . . No, not because I had a traffic ticket to contest. No, not because I was supporting a church member facing a trial. No, not because I was having lunch with a friend who happened to be a lawyer. But, because of the strangest, strangest case
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Coming Together in Stewardship

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I’ve been writing around this topic for a while now, but stewardship month and all of the related activities are here! As the finance committee was planning, praying and thinking about how to communicate principles of stewardship in an effective way, it was decided that the congregation needed an informal setting to talk about what has
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Wild Geese

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 You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you about mine. Meanwhile the world goes
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Wish I Were There

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Several members of our young adult group were participating in social justice this morning instead of being in church.  While I missed them in worship, I am glad to support their presence  at the National Equality March in DC. What a gift to  add their voices to importance of the rights for all people to marry and love as
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Do Something for Good on the Plaza

On Monday, October 19th, a version of a popular fundraising event in the DC area is coming to the Lake Anne Plaza, a fundraising event to support one of our ministry partners, Reston Interfaith. Washington Plaza Baptist Church was one of the founding members of Reston Interfaith,  a community organization that seeks to tacticle important issues such as
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