The Way God Sees the World

The Way God Sees the World Matthew 5:1-12 (Micah 6:1-8) Sermon Preached at St. Matthew’s Presbyterian, Silver Spring, MD Let me start off this morning by saying that I realize the sermon title: “The Way God Sees the World” is presumptuous. Last time I checked, I was not nor ever would be called God. Even
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Well, Hello Again: Africa

My travels on behalf of Feed The Children this week have taken Kevin and I back to the continent of Africa. It’s been over a year since we last stood on this land. It has been a year when our hearts have grown in courage– for all that a responsibility for such a time as
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“We Just Want to Feel Useful”

But I can’t seem to get these boys we met in Africa out of my mind because as many of you know, some of the greatest gems of experiences take time to sink in . . . One of my favorite experiences of the Kenya trip Kevin and I took last year was the time
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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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Dance Your Dance

When is the last time you felt alive? When is the last time you felt free with passion bringing light to your eyes that you thought was long past? When is the last time you danced? For me, being connected to new ideas and meaningful conversations always enlivens. In this matter, if you’ve followed my
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Why do you do this work?

Over the course of our travels and many meetings with Feed the Children staff, partners and other NGO leaders there is one question I find myself asking these folks over and over: “Why do you do this work?” The answers I have gotten from Africans and expats alike have varied but the heart of all
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The Spirituality of International Travel

Often times in the church, we think of spiritual disciplines as a practice which we can qualify as holy action. Practices like praying, reading scripture, doing works of charity and the like are often the prescriptions for spiritual growth. But Barbara Brown Taylor in her book, Altar in the World (which we at Washington Plaza
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In Kenya with Gratitude

We have now been in Kenya for two and a half days– a country where Feed the Children has a strong presence through its work in the slums, with orphans and also in villages too. I shared a devotion with the entire Kenya staff of over 200 folks, toured the Feed the Children center, spent
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