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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Intersections . . . I think these are the rare moments when my life, briefly, seems to make sense. I noticed one today. I’ve been thinking a lot about weddings lately. There are a lot of them happening, imminently happening, probably happening, etc., around Calvary. This is wonderful for everybody, of course, and it gives me the opportunity to spend some time with couples preparing to marry, talking pretty intensely about the… Read More

Last Sunday we began a 10-week sermon series on epic stories of the Hebrew text.  Our aim in worship is to tell the stories as many ways as we can so each of us might find some intersection between these great stories of faith and our own little stories.  Part of our plan for worship over the next few weeks is to use the awesome artistry of Caroline Armijo, who will tell… Read More

I rarely get to read for fun.  This is a very sad thing, as I love nothing better than reading something really thought-provoking and wonderful . . . you know, something you hate to put down at night.  My very good friend and colleague Elizabeth Hagan lent me her beach read from this summer and I finally made time to start reading it.  It was already on my list . . . I mean,… Read More

We’re trying something new at Calvary: a community blog site.  One staff member will post each week, and we’re hoping congregation members also add their stories and pictures.  This is my week to post.  Check out the story of my weekend retreat in New Orleans!

I’ve been thinking a lot about the church lately.  By the church I mean not Calvary Baptist Church Washington, DC, per se, but the church as in the Church of Jesus Christ as a whole. The thing is, I meet a lot of people who tell me they have given up on the church: it doesn’t meet my needs; it’s corrupt; people who go to church are generally weird; Sunday mornings are… Read More


Here at Calvary we are looking for a part-time staff member to work with our youth.  The job is 15 hours a week, Wednesdays and Sundays, and could begin anytime.  We’ve been searching for about a month with no luck, so I am using the power of the blog to ask for help. I’m very happy to talk with anyone interested in discussing the details of the position, so if you are… Read More

I would not say that I am a radical by any stretch of the imagination, even though a lot of people assume that I am. (I think it’s the whole woman pastor thing, but I am not really trying to be radical. Sometimes you just have to play the cards you’re dealt, you know?) Yes, I would say that I definitely am not a radical. I mean, I recycle (and I recycled… Read More