I’m Afraid

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Excuses, Excuses: I’m Afraid  Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 As we end our “Excuses, Excuses” sermon series today and thus our discussion on what can hold each of us back from relationship with God—I think we’ve saved one of the most important excuses for last, an excuse that all of us struggle with regularly. And this
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I’m Not Smart Enough

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Excuses Series: I’m Not Smart Enough–Mark 9:30-37 Have you ever found yourself in a situation or a conversation with someone and have wanted to throw up your hands and say, “This is all just over my head. What you are saying is beyond me!” Maybe this was a time you were in Algebra in high
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A Poem for Today

I was having a conversation with a friend this afternoon and we were talking about our favorite poetry … As the conversation lingered we came to some points of consensus. We both cold mot live without poetry. And moreover, sometimes, especially in the darkest periods of our lives we are drawn in particular to poems.
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Shameless Promotion for Friends

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In my journey toward becoming an author, I’ve found it important to build community with other writers. Not only because these are the type of folks whom I really want to read my own work (because they provide such helpful feedback), but for the sake of having encouragers for the journey. Other writers, for me, really do
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When Times Are Good, When Times Are Bad

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It’s always the little things, isn’t it that stick with us through life? It’s usually not the grand gestures or the extravagant moments, but the whispers. The experiences that are engraved in our memory and won’t let us go, even if we tried. Many call this the beginning of grace. A gem like this has stuck close to
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I’m a Defect

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Mark 7:24-30 As our series of messages continues about the excuses we can offer God, today’s excuse is hits to the heart of what we really think about ourselves. We say that God can’t use us or do anything meaningful with our lives because in some way we think we’re defective. We reject the callings
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Fall Excitement on the Plaza

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Last Wednesday night, Washington Plaza began a joint fall effort with our friends at Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church just down the street in Reston. We’re doing Bible Study together for the next 12 weeks. MLK Church and WPBC are no strangers to one another. We’ve been friends for a while now. I count Rev. Jean
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I’ve Made an Unforgivable Mistake . . .

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I’ve Made an Unforgivable Mistake . . . Psalm 51: 1-12 Besides the common saying that “there are two things that you can be certain of in life death and taxes” I would add two more things. You can be certain that human beings will do stupid things from time to time and also not
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Communion with Cake

It’s always fun in my clergy circles to share stories about creative ways we’ve officiated and served communion. Especially during service trip experiences when the normal supplies are are rare to find, I’ve known colleagues who have served communion with elements like sweet tea, Cheetos or cinnamon rolls. I’ve even known colleagues who have even
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Who Is Really Poor?

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As I’ve been back in the US this week and have been processing the trip Kevin and I shared to Malawi and Kenya last week, one of the questions/ comments I’ve heard a lot is: “Aren’t you so glad to be back? I’m sure the poverty was heartbreaking over there. You must be so relieved
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