“Thank You, Jesus!”

Sometime ago a new family started attending our church. They have three children, including a little girl named Rachel. One Sunday, after church, her mother told me that during church Rachel was calling out to me, but instead… Read More

3 Shades of Grace: Justifying Grace

Read the Introduction to this series here. Read about prevenient grace here. “Stir up the spark of grace which is now in you, and God will give you more grace.” (John Wesley) Through prevenient grace we are made aware… Read More

Easter Feet

“But, go, tell his disciples, and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” (Mark 16:7) A few weeks ago my friend Jennifer posted on Facebook… Read More

The Ten: Remember the Sabbath

Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy. Six days you may work and do all your tasks, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Do not do any work on it—not you, your sons or… Read More

Follow Friday: Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I first met Andrew Taylor-Troutman in a seminary classroom. We were both students at Union-PSCE, now Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. I have this image of Andrew sitting in the chapel in Watts as I preached (if… Read More

Vision to Change

A sermon on Job 42:1-6; 10-17 and Mark 10:46-52 preached Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Peakland United Methodist Church. It had become a tradition in the last church I was at to host the homeless for two weeks… Read More

Pursue Justice. Pursue Love.: A Sermon

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A sermon preached Sunday, October 14, 2012 at Peakland United Methodist Church. Some illustrations were provided in a Children’s Sabbath resource provided by United Methodist Family Services. Scripture readings: Job 23:1-9; 16-17 and Mark 10:17-27 It was a… Read More

Not Responsible for Response

This quote from one of my professors at Union seminary in Richmond was helpful to me this past week.  Not just as something to quote in my sermon, but for me personally. I know it means something to… Read More


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