No Christmas Carols?

On November 29th, we began together a very special time of the year: Advent! In the traditions of the church year, we celebrate the coming of Christ more than just a day, but as an intentional process. It’s so intentional that we take four Sundays to prepare for it. We light one candle each Sunday
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Happy Thanksgiving!


It is a Thanksgiving tradition since 1987 in the gatherings of my mom’s family to read the Dear Abby column before we eat our Thanksgiving meal among many other traditions.We read it this evening and I thought I would share it again here. Here’s to wishing you a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend (hopefully) off of
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Our Multicultural Experience


I admit it, “multicultural” is one of my favorite words. I use it a lot, especially when people ask me to describe Washington Plaza. I also think it is one of America’s favorite words. It is a buzz word that everyone wants to use. When I was training to be a teacher while in undergrad,
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It’s No Small Thing


An important part of my pastoral philosophy centers on celebration. When something good happens, no matter how small it seems, it needs to be recognized and enjoyed. Such moments encourage me to keep going knowing that we’re on a good path. I hope they do the same for you. Here are some of our recent celebrations: Our
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Oh the Things People Say . . .

I’m sure I could re-publish this blog once every six months or so because the things people say to me when they learn I”m a pastor just gets better and better. These are some of my most recent personal favorites. When meeting a Muslim man who was interested in speaking about his book at our
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Right after college, I had one huge life-altering experience. I’m not sure I set out to have it, but it found me nonetheless. Instead of going straight to graduate school or working in part of town where the I would be on a lifetime career path, I choose to use my education degree in a
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The Shack Anyone?


On Tuesday night, I had the opportunity to meet with the women’s group as I do from time to time. I was invited to lead the discussion of their recent book club selection, The Shack bringing out theological themes for conversation. I agreed to this task with some anxiety, though because of my fear of
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When Someone Listens to You

Within the sermon today, I shared this beautiful poem about the gift a listening friend can be in our lives. I thought I’d share it again here. Cheers to all the friendships that surround your lives and mine!  Finding What You Didn’t Lose by John Fox When someone deeply listens to you it is like holding out
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Abiding Friendships


For the next two Sundays, I’ll be preaching about the story of Ruth taken from the lectionary readings this month. On Sunday, we’ll be examining Ruth 1:1-18. I am completely jazzed about this sermon because of one of the themes I see emerging from the text: abiding friendship. But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you
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The Wonder


O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. . . . . When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you
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