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July 9th, 2018

Whom are we overlooking? What strategies for Spread have we not considered?

Habakkuk 2:12-20

 

A summer of oceans

Most of the past week Linda and I spent with my mother and other extended family in and around Suffolk, Virginia. Much of that time was spent in conversation in the living room, over meals, and in the car, enjoying Mom’s presence. We also accomplished a few tasks on her “Honey Do List,” since her honey, my dad, passed away several years ago – not that a “Honey Do List” was his specialty. We love how my 90-year-old mother “visits the old people” in two nursing homes, touching the residents literally and figuratively with Scripture, prayer, music, and Bible teaching.

On Friday afternoon we decided to get out together and do something unusual. Read more »

July 2nd, 2018

“Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”  (D. T. Niles)

Psalm 34

 

Spread

“What would it look like to spread God’s love extravagantly?” That’s the question we’re raising this month at Corinth. What does it look like to spread?

One of the images we’re using to illustrate Spread is peanut butter. I’m a big fan. The odds are that you are, too. Read more »

June 25th, 2018

In all this I win, because Christ empowers me.

Philippians 4:10-23

 

A friendship letter

This morning we have heard “Paul in Chains,” listening to Paul’s letter to the Philippians as if Paul himself were speaking to us. Rev. Duffy Roberts, who portrayed Paul, has been a friend to Linda and me for about a decade, and I loved reconnecting with him over dinner last night. One of the insights I’ve gained about myself in recent years is how strongly I attach to people. When I meet someone and hear their story, I want to stay connected and watch that story play out. It’s one of the frustrations of being a pastor in a large and growing congregation. I would love to continue and deepen the conversation with each person and family, but I can’t. Read more »

June 18th, 2018

Worry is being pulled apart.  God puts you back together when you pray.

Philippians 4:2-9

 

What I know

I know something about you that I’m getting ready to tell everyone, and it might feel a little uncomfortable to be exposed like this in a crowd. You had hoped to come to church and keep it hidden under your smile and “Hey, y’all!” but I know about it. Read more »

June 11th, 2018

One

What’s your “one”?

Philippians 3:12-4:1

 

Singular passion

The subject of my sermon introduction won’t surprise most of you. Linda and I have just returned from Hawaii. Hawaii’s a beautiful place and, from a distance anyway, a scary place right now when you see videos of the lava flow. There were many experiences of travel and food and weather and culture and reading and projects and sleep (or lack thereof) connected to this trip. Of all the subjects I could begin with, my focus is only one:  our grandson Arlo, now almost six months old. Read more »