God, What Were You Thinking?


Today, I have one question: God, really what were you thinking hanging all of the hopes of the world on one birth and one night? If you and I have any logical sense, hanging all ours hopes in life on everything aligning correctly as God did at Christmas Eve was a pretty stupid thing to
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Making Room for the Unexpected


When we think what will make our Christmas really amazing this year, I’m sure all of us have some ideas . . . A phone call from that family member we haven’t heard from in a while. Santa bringing us something that we actually like. An oven that magically bakes the best bread for Christmas
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Something Changed


I travel a lot these days to hug children, to greet staff and to write stories about how Feed the Children’s donors are helping kids have clean water, access to education and more sustainable food sources around the world. Sometimes, I wake up not knowing where I am! But when I figure it out, I
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Baby Jesus Blog: An Advent Study

20 days old baby sleeping in a christmas nativity crib

It is Advent. Mary is 36 weeks pregnant, and baby Jesus is due any day. How do we learn to wait for a baby savior? Waiting for Christmas is about waiting for a baby to be born, and as any mom will tell you, that kind of waiting is hard work. We get impatient. We
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Learning in Africa


Jambo (hello) from Kenya. For the past two weeks, I’ve found myself traveling in East Africa to participate in the work of Feed the Children. I’ve taken early morning flights. I’ve brushed my teeth with bottled water. I’ve visited primary schools. I’ve watched the sun set over the Indian Ocean. I’ve taken lots of pictures
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What’s Next? When God Seems Far Away

A Sermon about Exodus 17:1-7 preached at The Federated Church, Weatherford, OK Do you remember the last time you were really thirsty? Parched mouth? Dry tongue? Dreaming of water flowing from a faucet? In our water bottle, water fountain and Sonic on every corner culture, it’s unheard of that any of us would ever “die
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Need a Superhero?

God Sent Me Before You: Genesis 45:1-15 Sermon Preached at Idlywood Presbyterian Church, Falls Church, VA It is so easy look out on the world with a lens of two categories in which to place people: heroes and villains. Maybe this is indeed why the movies with the highest gross sales this summer (or anytime of
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When Was the Last Time You Were All In?

“All In” Sermon Preached at Oaklands Presbyterian Church in Laurel, MD Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 I don’t know about you but I’m not the kind of person who enjoys taking BIG risks. I like to make measured decisions with the risks carefully analyzed and put into a larger perspective. I’m the kind of person who likes
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When Life Happens

Life. It is always happening. Sometimes it’s great. Other times it is not. And today I am wondering about existing when things aren’t well. How do you go on when we are very aware that life’s broken edges cracked parts of you that might never be repaired? How do you keep breathing when everything in
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Learning Peace: Day 2- Beth Dotson

Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.” John 14: 27  I have waited with many who are waiting to have children.  Often this path is not full of
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