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Monthly Archives: September 2006

There is a little stretch of sidewalk in downtown DC called Therapy Row. The specific stretch of sidewalk I’m referencing is actually a square from the corner of 8th and H down to the corner of 7th and H, across H to Starbucks (pause here for a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte) out the door and back down the other side of the street, then across H again and back to Calvary. Actually,… Read More

I had a conversation with our 8-year-old resident sage Sam this weekend that made me remember how different life looks from that vantage point. Do you remember? Sam is a meticulous student and committed learner. He was discussing his concerns over the fact that he feels it will be very likely he will need a cell phone sometime in the future. (The prospect of such an acquisition was clearly one of the… Read More

I was rather skeptical. Not unlike my friend Homer I scratched my chin in wonder as a friend and colleague told me of her great success using a book called The Gospel According to the The Simpsons as a jumping off point for group discussion of faith issues.I’m not too much of a TV watcher, but I have watched my share of The Simpsons and, truthfully, did not instantly connect those 30… Read More

This morning the air is crisp and the leaves are starting to turn. This is my favorite time of year. Everytime the seasons change I remember God’s faithfulness–the theme running through every one of the changes. Lamentations 3:23-24The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will… Read More

I’m sorry to say I am not sure the exact number, but I think this is probably about #534 on my list of “What I Did Not Learn In Seminary”.We tackled the issue of poverty last Sunday in worship, as the lectionary texts spoke eloquently to the question of how our faith might lead us to address the inequities in our society. Right as the service began, almost as if we had… Read More

The cards on the flowers read, “A little something to remind you of God’s beautiful creation and that you are loved. In remembrance of 9/11”. They stood on the four corners of our busy downtown DC block and handed flowers to weary pedestrians weighed down by the intensity of life in this city capped with the memory of a horrible tragedy 5 years ago.Kids who struggle to achieve what comes too easy… Read More

The place . . . The people . . . The promise . . . Hebrews 13:5 For God has said, “I will never leave you or foresake you.”

Thanks to Life Long Learner for these thoughts to ponder . . .• Change is inevitable• If people want to go to church…they will. • There are churches for church minded insiders to go to. • There are churches that think about and adjust their practices to reach out to the outsiders. (I want to be a part of this church)• Since the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over… Read More

I’ve heard that one thing that keeps you young is if you are always learning. Well go ahead and take a few months off my ticking clock because I learned something very important this week: when you get tickets to a sporting event in a three-tiered stadium and your section number starts with “3”, you should expect quite a climb to your seat.Tuesday found us climbing the stairs at the beautiful Arthur… Read More

Yesterday began a week of vacation in Manhattan. Vacation or no, I swear I can never seem to escape the invitation to reflect on the ongoing adventure of relationship with God. Some of those thoughts are posted here, since Tuesdays I chime in over at the Mainstream Baptists Blog Site.But I think I’ll drop in here to say that all of these thoughts on fear and faith, relationship and inclusion came together… Read More