Day of Prayer Confession
May24

Day of Prayer Confession

In the Virginia Conference, today (Pentecost Sunday) is a Day of Prayer. Bishop Cho has asked the churches to be in prayer for renewal and revival for the church.  I tailored the prayer of confession in today’s traditional services for the occasion: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have done harm when we should have...

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Jesus Said: Be Shalom
May01

Jesus Said: Be Shalom

Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children. (Matthew 5:9, Common English Bible) There have been a lot of troubling images out of the city of Baltimore. These images of violence fill our TV and computer screens. And let’s be honest, at times, they are a little bit more than we can handle. The tension in our society over justice for all people seems to have collied in the streets of Baltimore this...

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New Life is Coming
Apr14

New Life is Coming

My father-in-law was in town a few weeks ago. We took him up to the Blue Ridge Parkway one day to explore the mountains and its trails. Spring has just started and the trees are still barren and dry leaves still litter the ground. Yet, there were signs of spring. The season of Easter in the life of the church reminds us that in the midst of barrenness and dry ground, new life is springing. This new life is a hope that drives us to...

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It’s Friday

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Guest Post: Good Friday Pondering
Apr03

Guest Post: Good Friday Pondering

by Rev. Alan Combs “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These words come at the beginning of Psalm 22. Immediately, the biblical scholar-wannabe in me asks a biblical scholar-wannabe question. How much of Psalm 22 did Jesus mean? Psalm 22 forms two distinct parts. The first eighteen verses or so are full of pain, oppression, and despair. They feel very much like what Jesus might have had in mind while hanging on the cross,...

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Guest Post: God Protects
Apr01

Guest Post: God Protects

by Minoka Gunesekera Read Exodus 12:1-14 Many times when I go home from seminary I eat with my closest friends and family. It has become almost a ritual. The food and the actions may not be very unique, but when my community gathers for a meal it shows me an example of God’s love and devotion. And those moments of love I hold in my heart when I am away and I feel like I am about to walk into an “impending plague” or a time of trial....

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