God Calls You to See What Others Don’t


God Calls You: to See What Others Don’t  I Samuel 3:1-10; Romans 12:1-8 Several years ago while participating in the Lewis Fellows Young Clergy Leadership program, our group of 30 pastors gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for 3 days of workshops. One afternoon, our discussion sessions suspended and we were all encouraged to walk from our
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When I Grow Up I Want to Be . . .

Anne Lamott

 . . . a writer like Anne Lamott She recently said this about writing: “I try to write the books I would love to come upon, that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness — and that can make me laugh. When I am reading a book like
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God Calls You to “Those” People


God Calls You to “Those” People: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 When I was in seminary, a peer of mine, who later became a dear friend, realized one important truth the first day of Old Testament class. Brad did not know the basic stories of the Bible. He knew little to nothing about Abraham, Moses, the 12
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Say What You Need to Say


“What brings you deep joy?” “What stirs up in your happiness that is long-lasting?” “How do you feel God has gifted you for service in the Body of Christ?” Such have been questions our adult Sunday morning class has been considering over the past two Sundays in our “Congratulations, You Are Gifted!” class. January in
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Something to Celebrate: Deacons


Any leader is only as good as their team mates and back-up support on call. This is what I know from being a pastor. When I first came to Washington Plaza, as the pastor, with only two other part-time staff members to help carry the load, I had no pastoral back-up. (Not even a retired minister
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God’s Calling to Take Care of Yourself


God Calls You to Take Care of Yourself I Corinthians 6:11-20 Today we begin a series of messages in this season of Epiphany all about God’s calling to us. It’s the time of year that the Christian calendar asks us to do some consideration again about this life of faith that we’ve committed to live
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Write On!


Recently I have found myself being asked more about writing. Such as: “How do I find time to do so much of it?”  “How do I decide what to write about?” “Why write a blog when you don’t know if anyone out there is really reading?” I giggle a little to think that someone would
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2011: A Year in Review

As I consider the fact that today is the last calendar day of 2011, I feel much gratitude for all the many people and places and opportunities that have made this year so memorable for this Preacher on the Plaza. Tomorrow I will begin my 4th year as Washington Plaza’s pastor (though I’m still on Christmas
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