Loving Our Neighbor

Today, September 18th, I had the honor of preaching at Peakland UMC for the first of many times. I want to share with you all the message that I shared with them. Enjoy!

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’;  and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”  When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question. – Mark 12:28-34 Continue reading “Loving Our Neighbor”

I Appreciate Your Voice

In High School, no-one would have said this about me. I was quiet, mousey, and tried to avoid talking. When I first started High School, my voice was different, I had a Scottish accent, with hints of my British roots mixed in. I was scared of my voice. I was scared for people to hear it. Today, however, I do not shy from my voice. My accent may have changed, its tone, its inflection, but it is my voice. Continue reading “I Appreciate Your Voice”

Offering Our All

Tonight at Peakland UMC, we had Peakland AfterHours; an opportunity to gather for informal worship, communion and my favorite part…Disney/Pixar movies. The movie tonight was “Finding Nemo”, y’all, I forgot how much I enjoyed this movie.  We only watched selected clips (but truth be told, I’m going to watch it one night this week).  Our Scripture that we read and discussed was Genesis 22:1 – 18, which is about Abraham offering Isaac to God as an offering. Continue reading “Offering Our All”

This one’s for the girls…

If you feel like you are too overweight, if you feel like you are too skinny, this is for you. If you look in the mirror and see dark circles around your eyes, this is for you. If you stand on the scale and the numbers make you openly weep, this is for you. If you check your outfit and change six different times before going to class or work, this is for you. This is for all of us whom society has told we’re not pretty enough, too short, too tall, too thin, too fat, too young looking, too old looking and everything in between.  Continue reading “This one’s for the girls…”

When Safe Spaces Aren’t

Feb 26, 2008 may seem like just another day to most people, in fact it probably feels like a regular day to everyone else I went to college with.  Not for me, however.  You see, on Feb 26, I woke up and put on three loads of laundry and walked back to my room when my phone began to buzz.  The message was from our emergency alert system, informing the college campus that we were on lockdown.  There was a man on campus, with a gun. Continue reading “When Safe Spaces Aren’t”

Oh, The Places You Will Go

This past Sunday and Wednesday, I had the privilege of being able to preach in both Goodson Chapel (at Shenandoah University) and Oxnam Chapel (at Wesley Seminary).  I’ve attached the recording from my sermon at Oxnam Chapel, and I hope that you enjoy it.  The scripture passage was Acts 16:9 – 15.  I cannot believe that I have delivered my final sermons and that graduation is only nine days away!

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