I Love and Support My Muslim Friends

Yesterday, I got this email from the ADAMS Center (All Dulles Area Mulism Society) in Sterling, Virginia of which Washington Plaza Baptist is a friend. As you might remember last January, Kevin and I traveled to Israel in support and friendship of Imam Magid of ADAMS. What troubles me most about this email is that the state
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The Light Has Come! Christmas is Here!

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Let the Light Come: Christmas Eve 2011 Isaiah 9: 2-7 What are we celebrating tonight? (Christmas? Anyone excited about Santa? And still some of you might say it is Jesus’ Birthday?) Jesus’ birthday is the answer I learned as a child growing up in Sunday School. Christmas was all about Jesus’ birthday. Tonight is not Jesus’ real birthday
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What Did You Get Me for Christmas?

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 Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?  It’s the question of the day! No matter your traditions (if you are a cultural American or religious Christian alike), the next couple of days are those consumed in the practice of gift giving and recieving. Depending on expectations on both ends, it can often
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As We Wait

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With four more days of Advent in the Christmas countdown, it’s that time of the year when we all get a little crazy, even the most well-meaning, joyful, and kindhearted among us. Those of us who hate the mall and all things shopping related find ourselves in overcrowded stores with poorly trained temporary workers checking
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Reconsidering Joseph: the Forgotten One

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Love That Binds Us Together: Matthew 1:18-25 This week I was putting up Christmas decorations around our home and time came for my favorite part: arranging the nativity.  Though some preachers I know take Advent to the extreme (I know you think I’m one of them, but trust me, I am not) and refuse to
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Religious Litmus Test Part Two

If there ever was a week to write the blog I posted on Tuesday, it was this week. For more supporting documents to my argument have hit the news circuit on the Associated Baptist Press this Wednesday, read this post written about Al Molher.  Al Molher, a Southern Baptist fundamentalist says that Christians aren’t Christians unless they believe
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Religious Litmus Test

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American Christianity deeply troubles me. It’s not because average attendance in mainline denominations is dwindling more and more by the year. It’s not because more and more folks are self-describing themselves “spiritual but not religious.” It’s not because some sociologists are saying that the influence and prominence of religion in American public life is also declining.
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Surprised by Joy

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Luke 1: 57-66 (CEB) 57When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a boy. 58Her neighbors and relatives celebrated with her because they had heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy. 59On the eighth day, it came time to circumcise the child. They wanted to name him
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Who We Are

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I was getting to know a new colleague on Twitter yesterday, Elaine who did some reading on our church website. She uncovered a sermon of mine that I preached in the first month of being pastor of Washington Plaza called, “Why this Church?” I had forgotten about it, but read it again last night and
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Week of Peace

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Now, two Sundays deep into Advent this year, Washington Plaza as a member of the larger Church is doing some serious thinking about peace.   Where are their places in our lives in need of peace? What can we do to bring about more peace in this world as a community? Instead calling Advent a “Sunday only” thing, we are encouraging our members to be
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