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    Praying with Scripture

    In her first sermon to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) our General Minister and President, Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, underscored the importance of becoming more biblically literate as a denomination. This part of her sermon spoke directly to my spirit:When you abide in Christ, your spiritual life is one of prayer, Bible study, and other spiritual disciplines that develop your spiritual muscles so that you can indeed love and serve as Christ has commanded.   Read More...

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    On Church & Activism

    On Monday I stood on the Kentucky capital steps surrounded by Disciples. Many ministry colleagues from across the state were there. I met some fellow Disciples ministers for the first time.   Read More...

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    'The Loneliest Generation'

    I heard on the news this morning that Generation Z, 18-22 year olds, are being described as "the loneliest generation." They compared their loneliness to that of Millennials. And that was all I caught before I had to chase after one of my girls. But it stuck.   Read More...

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    The Way of the Cross

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us...— Hebrews 12:1From life to death to life again, this is the way of the cross.I was looking up the assigned lectionary texts for Wednesday of Holy Week, and this one from Hebrews was included. It speaks volumes on this Holy Week, since we just buried one of our saints, Marshall Love....  Read More...

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    A Palm Sunday Perspective

    In 2015, as a resident at Central Christian Church in Lexington, the ministry staff did something a little different on Palm Sunday. Instead of one sermon preached by Senior Minister David Shirey, each minister on staff preached a sermon-ette on a differing perspective of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Below you can read my sermon from the perspective of a child.   Read More...

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    To every thing there is a season ...

    To every thing there is a season ...- Ecclesiastes 3:1"It seems like things are finally coming together," Willie said last night. As I've shared, a lot, over the last month or so, it has been a bit of a struggle in our house lately! The girls have been sick or not sleeping for weeks. At the same time our washer AND dryer began going out.   Read More...

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    What will you give up or add during Lent?

    What will you give up or add during Lent?If you are like me, Lent ALWAYS sneaks up on you! I'm usually so busy burning palm leaves, preparing the sermon series, and thinking about Holy Week that I often forget to decide what I will give up or add during Lent. So consider this our friendly reminder :) Take just a few moments to consider, how might you draw closer to God during this season?   Read More...

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    Get up, God!

    Psalm 44:23-26(The Message Paraphrase)Get up, God! Are you going to sleep all day?    Wake up! Don’t you care what happens to us?Why do you bury your face in the pillow?    Why pretend things are just fine with us?And here we are—flat on our faces in the dirt,    held down with a boot on our necks.Get up and come to our rescue.    If you love us so much, Help us!Someone told me on Sunday, "I just got up one day and shouted at God." I responded, "Well, that...  Read More...

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    Remembering

    Last night I put a very special ornament at the front of our tree. It was sent to us two years ago, just weeks after Milly, our dear friends Robyn & Jordan Bles's baby girl had passed away. They encouraged us to put the ornament up each year and remember their girl.   Read More...

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    Being present

    According to Andy Williams, the most wonderful time of the year is Christmas, but I think that Fall gives it a run for its money. Nature provides the gifts of breathtaking colors on changing leaves and Thanksgiving provides the opportunity to say thank you. Fall is so wonderful, in fact, that we often overbook our schedules. Every festival wants to happen during the beautiful 60 degree weather, so if we aren't careful we can spend every moment of this gorgeous season running from one activi...  Read More...

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    Stomp out pollution!

    Last month, FCC’s SOIL (Sustainable Opportunities for Intentional Living) Team led worship and introduced a new campaign to spread awareness about pollution called Stomp Out Pollution! Remember, together we are the solution!One way to cut back on pollution is to recycle as much of your trash as possible. A lot of the items you and your family use daily are recyclable, including newspaper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, plastic containers, and aluminum and tin beverage and food cont...  Read More...

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    Praying Amidst Disaster

    As the news shared new images of wild fires ravaging California, I could hardly take it in. I heard the words of the Psalmists in my head, “How long, oh God?”If you are like me, you feel somewhat helpless in the face of all the tragedies around us. But as people of faith, we are invited to share our fears and frustrations with God and asked to maintain hope and be hope when it feels like the world has fallen apart.The following prayer stations are an invitation to resist the temptation to become...  Read More...

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    Jesus, Friend Of ... (Week 2)

    Jesus, Friend Of...   “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”— Matthew 25:35Yesterday I had a finance committee meeting. I finished up several odds and ends in the office. At the end of the day, I visited a church member.This person has spent most of 2017 homeless.   Read More...

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    Jesus, Friend Of ... (Week 1)

    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. - Luke 4:18Imagine a time when women were treated like outsiders... a time when people who were poor were overlooked and ignored... Imagine a culture where those with mental illness had little or no access to the resources needed to live full, productive lives.Imagine that people who were sick spent all they had looking for a cure and children were treated like second class citizens.Imagine a socie...  Read More...

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    Pollution and Recycling Awareness Campaign

    In July a group of youth and adults traveled to Christmount Christian Assembly in Black Mountain, NC to learn about food security, race and reconciliation, poverty, pollution and climate change. But this wasn't like most "mission trips." Before arriving at the – first ever – Social Opportunities for Intentional Living (SOIL) Conference we were asked to choose one of the above topics. Our group chose Pollution and developed a project to be implemented in our congregation and community.   Read More...

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    Pray. Pay. Stay. – Responding to Hurricane Harvey

    A newspaper reporter called this week and asked, “Has your church planned a trip down to Houston?” I responded, “No, we will be around to help for the long haul, but we have a different philosophy immediately after the storm hits.” I explained to him that I grew up in Louisiana and my family was affected by hurricanes Rita & Katrina. A lot of well meaning people drove down to Louisiana during the immediate days following and brought car loads of stuff they had cleaned out of their closets. W...  Read More...

  • Growing Life In the Church

    Being pregnant with twins has been by far the most physically, emotionally, and spiritually challenging experience of my life. (Note-if you are tempted to say, just wait until they get here, please don’t. It may be true, but it isn’t helpful.) Imagine the worst case of food poisoning you’ve ever had.   Read More...

  • Do Gay People Go to Your Church?

    “I was starting to feel that I was just a mistake…”  This was the note I received via email only a couple of months ago. It was from a young man who is funny, kind, and also happens to be gay. I’ll call him Bob.   Read More...

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