If I Were Preaching Easter

Every year when I was a preaching pastor, I felt the anxiety rise the closer we got to Easter Sunday morning. The expectations. The crowds. The desire of the people to hear something new and meaningful. Though I had a mentor once tell me don’t sweat it, just tell the story. The problem is that
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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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When Calling Takes You Outside the Church PART ONE


I was taught in seminary that the most virtuous thing you can do for your whole life is to serve the church with an undivided heart. “The church needs you!” my classmates and I were told over and over again. Sometimes our instructions included more details like this: “Take care of the church like nothing
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I Want to Know Christ


I Want to Know Christ Philippians 3:7-11 Preached: August 11, 2013, Martin Luther King Christian Church, Reston, VA I always knew when I was younger that one day I’d want to be married. I would want to have a life partner—someone in whom I could share in all of life’s most memorable moments with and
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Saturday Thoughts About Life


Some words of wisdom for the weekend taken from Mother Teresa. What are you doing today to enjoy life? “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it.
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Love, Christians and Those Who Might Call us Crazy


When is the last time you encountered a person of faith, in particular a Christian who was engaging in particular activities one might call “crazy?” I know I’ve met my share of over the top loving kind of Christians through the years being in church as long as I have. I’ve met Christians who follow
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By Faith We Go On

By Faith We Go On: Hebrews 12:1-2, 8-12 Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church 30th Anniversary Service & Joint Service with Washington Plaza Baptist Church Now, I know that some in the congregation this morning, get to hear me talk more than they might like– as I preach every Sunday– but for the rest of
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No Fear in Love


How hard it is for us strong, “can do anything types” to not be afraid of love! Love given and acknowledged always  holds a level of vulnerability that sometimes we simply aren’t willing to show. But, that our souls truly need. This week has been a happy one around our house in particular. In October, there is the
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