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Do No Harm

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14 Bless … Continue reading Do No Harm

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Becoming…On In Ministry

1 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, … Continue reading Becoming…On In Ministry

A Maundy Thursday Communion

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As I sat to write a sermon for Maundy Thursday the words would not come to my mind. I could not think of what I wanted to say. So I took a different direction. During Lent I had been doing a sermon series in my churches on Communion, so I decided to make my message … Continue reading A Maundy Thursday Communion

Terror in Boston April 15, 2013

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I woke up this morning to what is one of my more favorite days of the year. It is Patriot's Day. Now for those of you who know me know that I am not from Boston, MA nor have I ever been there. However, due to my friends I have become attached to the city. … Continue reading Terror in Boston April 15, 2013

Returning to “Normal” life

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It seems like every time I go on a mission trip, or a retreat, or some kind of spiritual awakening experience I always reflect on returning back to "normal" life. What does this mean. Do we need to return back to what we know as "normal"? For those of you who have been keeping up … Continue reading Returning to “Normal” life

The Marathon

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During J-term in my first year of seminary I took a class on the missional church and one of the assignments for the class was to create a metaphor for the missional church. The missional church is about being the church and it is very difficult, so naturally i compared it to something i know is … Continue reading The Marathon

Transfigured by the Journey

At the end of the first book in his Lord of the Rings series, JRR Tolkien, writes of an interaction between the main protagonist Frodo Baggins and his companion and friend Samwise Gamgee or Sam. In this scene the entire Fellowship of the Ring, that is this group tasked by the elves to ensure The … Continue reading Transfigured by the Journey

Making Disciples

I have not been on a lot of mission trips during my life, and so it makes the ones I have been on more memorable. In fact I remember the first ever, actual, mission trip I ever went on. It was Spring Break my sophomore year of college. I went on a mission trip with … Continue reading Making Disciples

Always Learning

I have a Master’s degree. I say this not to brag, but to iterate that I have done a lot of learning in my life. Between the time I was in Kindergarten until I graduated with my Masters of Divinity, I went to school for 20 years, and since I graduated I continue to go … Continue reading Always Learning

Let’s Vision

On August 28, 1973, Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” Speech. Hear part of that speech today. "I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I … Continue reading Let’s Vision

Renewing Covenant

There is something about the New Year that always makes us want to start a new chapter in our book. It is very easy and quite logical to do this. Many of us make New Year's resolutions to try and change something about ourselves. “New Year, New You” is one of the most popular phrases … Continue reading Renewing Covenant

The Real Kingdom of Heaven

As I stand up here to preach a sermon on Christian Unity I reflect on the manner in which I feel unqualified in this context today to preach on unity. My mind fills with thoughts of how a Caucasian man preaching in an African American church has little ground to preach about what it truly … Continue reading The Real Kingdom of Heaven