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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Susan Sevier is currently a student at the Virginia Theological Seminary and a church musician at the Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC.  When she is not pondering the meaning of Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, she works as a freelance classical musician and writer.  She blogs about her seminary experiences at www.sevierlybaptist.com and continues her musings on the relationship between music and faith at www.singingthejourney.com A lot of study in a seminary program is devoted… Read More

Myra Houser is a Calvary member; in her spare time she’s in graduate school for history. She supports the Shalom Scholarship and hopes everyone will donate, and she loves DC. She blogs about these and related things here. Please note: This is a satire (sort of). That means that sometimes it says the opposite of what it means in a misguided attempt at humor. Pastor Amy asked if I would consider blogging… Read More

Jac Whatley is a lifelong Baptist from North Carolina now living in Washington, DC. He is progressive in life, faith and career transitions, having been a lawyer, college vice president, church administrator and non-profit director. His wife and two children prevent him from being the hermit his introverted nature demands, and he is sometimes seen in public, usually at church. One of life’s ironies (or perhaps one of God’s little jokes) is… Read More

You know what they say: if we can’t laugh at ourselves who can we laugh at? Apparently the answer to that question is: earnest and well-intentioned religious people.  At least that’s what everybody seemed to be doing the other night when a friend and I attended the opening of The Book of Mormon at the Kennedy Center. The Book of Mormon is a religious satire musical that debuted on Broadway in 2011. … Read More

Over the past few weeks in worship we’ve been following the gospel lectionary texts and looking at Jesus and his message from the perspectives of those who lived life on the margins of society…left out…in a sermon series called On the Margins.  Every week at the end of worship we’re presented with a discipleship challenge for the week.  One week I invited folks to think about Luke 9:51-62, which is about the… Read More

We’re getting ready for our two Associate Pastors to be gone at the same time!  Pastor Edgar is going on sabbatical beginning July 15 and Pastor Leah is welcoming a new baby whenever Baby Davis decides to show up (she’s due to arrive July 26th, but Pastor Leah will welcome her arrival ASAP).  That means that BOTH our Associate Pastors will be gone for about the same period of three months. How… Read More

Over the past few weeks in worship we’ve been following the gospel lectionary texts and looking at Jesus and his message from the perspectives of those who lived life on the margins of society…left out…in a sermon series called On the Margins.  Every week at the end of worship we’re presented with a discipleship challenge for the week.  One week I invited folks to think about a time when they felt they… Read More

Now we see no great descent or resurrection, no epiphanic flash of glory— but our earth-days lengthen in procession;   figs swell, buckeye bloom, 4th graders clean their desks with Windex, civil servants dream about vacation,   dove & barn-swallow dart and nest. We too plant, harvest, travel, play: The air fills with the smell of roofing tar.   O god of fat & marrow, god of the shadow of wings; god of… Read More

Power Play: A Calling Luke 9:51-62 As some of you know, I spent a week recently in Collegeville, Minnesota, at St.  John’s University attending a writing workshop.  It was an awesome experience; I feel so lucky I had a chance to go.  There was wonderful weather and an amazing setting, and the whole time I felt, well, strange. Strange, you ask?  Well, for one thing, all my travel expenses were paid in… Read More