24 May

What do You Thirst For?

“Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.” This is the opening line of Isaiah 55, a poetic, poignant, powerful chapter of the Old Testament writing ascribed to the prophet Isaiah.  The chapter is an invitation to Israel to enjoy life with God which is marked by...

17 May

Sin: Not a Popular Topic

This past weekend I spent two days in the dirt. On Friday I planted flower pots, pruned bushes, mowed the grass, put down mulch, and declared the deck “open for business” after hanging baskets and pots were moved into place. On Saturday I worked on...

11 May

An Abundance of Grace

For the past month I have been preaching about the Church and simultaneously, I have been experiencing church in ways that have left me speechless with wonder and delight. Last week I wrote about the myriad celebrations that had occurred in my community—a wedding, an...

01 May

Community with Frosting on Top

Are you ever so excited or happy or overjoyed that you think you might burst?  The weekend just past was like that at Calvary. A wedding, a third-grader receiving a Bible, voting on new Elders, celebrating Calvary’s 70th birthday, participating in the ordination of one...

12 Apr

Stepping into the Chaos Together

In the Old Testament, Joshua 3 records the story of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River into the Promised Land. The crossing occurs at harvest time, when the river routinely overflows its banks. The people will have to cross the swollen waters, a detail that...

05 Apr

More than Lilies and Alleliuas

He is risen!  He is risen indeed!   These are the first words spoken every year at our Easter Sunday worship—and at countless other churches across the country and around the world.  That is, after all, the reason for Easter. Without Christ’s resurrection, there would be...

28 Mar

Sunday is Coming. Hallelujah!

What did you, could you think as they pounded through your open palms forcing coarse, bloody iron nail to sink deep into the splintered wood?   Did you feel the grasp of panic, that sudden, stomach-wrenching sense that this, at the very last, is it no further chance of changing, turning back?   Were...

22 Mar

Blanketed by Snow and Forgiveness

Have you noticed that children do not have to be taught to be loud? Really, really loud? I considered this seemingly universal truth again yesterday. The Washington DC area was blanketed by about 8 inches of a “welcome to the first full day of Spring,...