Tag Archives: Jesus

Book Review: Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come: Why We Must Give Up Our Obsession with Fixing the Church – and What We Should Do Instead, Reggie McNeal, Tyndale Momentum, 2015. Reggie McNeal sets out to do exactly what the subtitle suggests. The fist half of … Continue reading

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Sermon: Called to Go

This is the sermon I preached on May 17, 2015 at Peakland United Methodist on Acts 1:1-11. You can also listen on iTunes by clicking here.

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Deacon’s Call: Lisa McGehee

I’ve been collecting call stories from my friends who are serving in diaconal ministries – ministries of service – expressed in the United Methodist Church through the provisional and ordained deacon, diaconal ministers, deaconesses, and home missioners.  In this post you will hear from Lisa McGehee who … Continue reading

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Sermon: Cultivating Hope

This is a sermon I preached as part of a 4-night revival at Evington United Methodist in Alta Vista, Virginia. You can download the Ponderings Podcast on iTunes and listen from your podcast app.  

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday Reflections

I remember as a child gathering outside of my home church on the front lawn as the church service was beginning. We had our palm branches in hand and were already waving and running around as we waited. Then, at … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Trust in God’s Promise

by Michelle Hettmann Read Psalm 118:19-29. This past fall, I studied abroad in Lugano, Switzerland, and Adigrat, Ethiopia. I was so blessed to have the opportunity to set foot in over 10 countries and experience glimpses of life in communities all … Continue reading

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Guest Post: “When I am Lifted Up . . .”

by Rev. Joe Varner Read John 12:20-33 During Lent, we are always mindful of the end: the cross and the tomb. The Gospels bear witness to this central focus in Jesus’ life. It is there at the cross where God … Continue reading

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A Vision of the Kingdom

Read Jeremiah 31:31-34. The other night our youth group served a meal at Park View Community Mission. In Lynchburg 24% of the population lives in poverty.  Every Wednesday evening, Park View hosts volunteer groups like our youth group who serve … Continue reading

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