February is Black History month. There was a time in my life when I truly didn’t get it. I didn’t understand why a special month was necessary. But through the patient conversations of many friends (too many to name, but you know who you are), through the compelling writings of gifted authors, and through the…Read more My history with Black History month
I’m writing this blog on February 14th the traditional observance of Valentine’s Day. It’s also Ash Wednesday, the traditional beginning of Lent. Here’s why this collision of holidays is a good thing. On Valentine’s Day we’re inundated with candy, roses, and hearts. Hearts, hearts, and more hearts. You remember those “conversation hearts” candies, right? Little…Read more When Valentine’s Day and Lent collide
You probably saw it, too. Some clever person searched the Bible and discovered that "eagles" show up in the Bible 30 times, and "patriot" doesn't appear at all, therefore, God was an Eagles fan, and thus he would ensure they won. SMH... But that's not the real problem. Setting aside that silly logic, there was…Read more What the Super Bowl (ad) taught us about the Bible
Last week I spent a day with a group of rabbi’s, imams, and evangelical pastors. And one rabbi who’d spent time visiting a church very similar to Seneca Creek, made the following pronouncement to the other rabbis and imams: “What you think you know about evangelicals is wrong.” He went on to share about the…Read more 58 days and an ugly stereotype
The recent government shut-down has everyone talking and fretting. Even the “solution” that Congress reached is profoundly unsatisfying. A three week solution? Are you kidding me? But wait, isn’t that what we all tend to do? I read recently about some long-term (as in 50 year) development goals that the Chinese government implemented decades ago. …Read more The little politician in all of us
Earlier this week at Seneca Creek we partnered with the city of Gaithersburg to provide serving opportunities for several hundred people in our community. It was a crazy, chaotic, wonderful experience. And it was in many respects a house of mirrors. The reason we host this event on MLK Day is to honor Dr. King’s…Read more Why a house of mirrors is a good thing
If you hate resolutions and New Year’s promises, then read no further. Otherwise, here are a couple thoughts as we start off 2018. You may be the kind of person who sincerely wants to make some changes in your overall well-being this year, including your spiritual life. The biggest challenges we often run into are:…Read more Resolutions: love ‘em or hate ‘em!