VBS 2014 Ponderings

Last week was Vacation Bible School at Peakland United Methodist. It was my second VBS at Peakland, probably my 34th since birth – maybe 35th because I wouldn’t be surprised if I was at a VBS while in… Read More

Richmond Mission: Day Four

On Thursday, the mission team worked with Hands Up Ministries in Richmond. I found out about Hands Up from my friend Debbie Ireland, who is a board member. Hands Up Ministries was founded by Cassie Matthews and her husband… Read More

Richmond Mission: Day Three

Our middle of the week morning project was at United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) on Broad Street. In 1900, Virginia Methodists started an orphanage. The once farm land has now turned into a huge campus of facilities for… Read More

Richmond Mission: Day Two

Our motto for the week is becoming: “Every day is an adventure.” After dropping off the team at Good Shepherd United Methodist in Glen Allen, I took the rental van to the shop the rental company uses to… Read More

Richmond Mission: Day One

The group shook, rattled, and bumped in the 15-passenger rental van to Richmond today. The team is staying at Trinity United Methodist Church. We arrived to bountiful lunch provided by one of the United Methodist Women circles in… Read More

Echoes from the Burning Bush

The Lord’s messenger appeared to him in a flame of fire in the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was in flames, but it didn’t burn up. (Exodus 3:2, Common English Bible) Moses was out… Read More

Helping the Philippines

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a missional branch of the United Methodist Church, has been on the ground since the Typhoon hit in the Philippines a few weeks ago. The images we see break our hearts…. Read More

Dear Teachers & Students

A pep talk from Kid President. You’re welcome.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel*

One of my favorite Advent hymns is O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.  We sang a few verses the other Sunday (July 14) in worship.  I know it seems strange to be singing a Christmas carol in the middle… Read More

Missional Quote

From Jen Hatmaker’s Interrupted: An Adventure in Relearning the Essentials of Faith: Missional at its core means “sent.” It is the opposite of “come to us.” So many believers have selected their pet conecpt of the Great Commission:… Read More

New York Mission: 9/11 Memorial

One of the highlights of the mission trip to New York was the expected visit to a 9/11 memorial. A highlight because I had hoped that we would get a chance to visit the 9/11 Memorial at Ground… Read More

New York Mission: Day 7

Fridays on mission trips are often times the hardest. The team members are running low on energy, often due to the lack off sleep, while running high on emotions. Mission trips provide a unquine opportunity for individuals to… Read More

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