Category Archives: Spiritual Growth

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Commencement: A New Chapter in Ministry

Dear Friends, Earlier this month, it was announced that this year, my 10th year at Annandale United Methodist Church, would be my last one as an associate pastor. Thus, it is quite fitting that my farewell Clergy Corner is published in our graduation issue. Why? Because I’ve said for many years that I would not […]

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Discipleship After Pentecost

  “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings, fellowship, and the breaking of bread, and prayer… And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”        – Acts 2:42-46   Every Sunday, from the Day of Pentecost almost to Advent, many churches count the Sundays after Pentecost. […]

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Spiritual Thirst

My soul thirsts for you…as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  – Psalm 63:1   The Season of Lent is a time when many people of faith focus more deeply on their spiritual lives. The forty days of Lent are a reminder of the forty days that Jesus spent in the […]

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Transfiguration and Transformation

  And Jesus was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.     – Mark 9:2c-3  And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to […]

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Try Again

There are moments that stick with you, moments that change your life. These moments are not necessarily major life events, though they can be. Sometimes extraordinary things happen in ordinary life circumstances. When I was in college and seminary, it was quite customary for a fellow student to give me the audio tape of a […]

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