Category Archives: Living the Gospel

Journeying to the Cross

Jesus calls us to a cross not a couch. This Holy Week, we carry our cross not by the strength of our resolve but in weakness and dependence. No wonder Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a weak donkey not a … Continue reading

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A Greater Upset

How does the cross upset everything? Last week, the greatest upset in NCAA men’s basketball history happened. Unknown UMBC defeated heavily favored Virginia. What 135 teams failed to do, UMBC accomplished on try 136. But a greater upset in sports … Continue reading

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Young, Scrappy and Hungry…in Faith

With March Madness upon us, I begin with an uncharacteristic basketball illustration. When I play basketball I have one thing going for me: I’m scrappy. I don’t have skill, height, knowledge of the game, ball handling or experience. But I’m … Continue reading

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Great Things for God? Seek Them Not

When I was in college, I wanted to do something great for God. Today, I’m not so sure. Recently, I was with a gathering of pastors sharing their hearts for their churches. The younger pastors in the room wanted to … Continue reading

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Stretching hearts, shoveling snow and deepening values

  Life is busy. We have appointments, responsibilities, practices, projects, piano lessons and nap times.  So do I.  Especially the nap times. But today is the first day of Missions Week. And in the midst of the busyness of your … Continue reading

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A Church United Healing a Nation Divided

How can a church united be a force of healing in a nation divided? Two years ago when our churches merged, we felt called to reach the diversity of our area. Events in Charlottesville, Baltimore, Charleston, Chicago, Ferguson and other … Continue reading

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Gifts from Heaven and Starbucks

Recently, a dear man of God dropped by out of the blue and dropped off a gift from heaven and a gift from Starbucks. From Starbucks came two cookies that could be savored with a cup of strong black coffee. … Continue reading

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