The weekly sermons from Washington Street UMC in Alexandria, VA. To learn more about Washington Street UMC, check out the church online at www.wsumc.com.
Is the Church Salvable?
We often think of ourselves - the Church - as God's "gift" to the world. We read the scriptures as if they support our unending lust for power, authority, and control over all non-Christians, as if somehow we're "better." And yet, the scriptures state often, it is the Church (aka, those who call themselves believers) that God wishes to destroy. It is the Church that makes up the wild grapes that God gives to be trampled and devoured.
What Really Matters?
It seems it doesn't matter if you're working full-time, part-time, or even on a sabbatical break - if you're known to be a pastor, people are going to ask you questions about the church. If they aren't asking you questions, they're giving you their opinions. Over the past three months, invited or not, I had a number of conversations about the church ... and as a result, I'm convinced, we don't actually know what really matters to God.
And yet, I still love you
To love is a natural human emotion. To love as God loves is to see everyone in God's image and likeness. But what is transformational love? We can ponder that answer together as we journey with Hosea.
Perseverance in Prayer
I learned early in life that prayer is a conversation with God. How would your prayer life change if you saw prayer as not just a conversation with God, but an active conversation?
Hospitality Has Its Rewards
Often we think of hospitality as the ‘what we do’ for someone else. But Jesus calls us to see hospitality at a higher level, not just how we act, but what we gain access to.
Who Is Not My Neighbor?
We typically define our neighbors by geographic location, who lives next door, who lives across the street or down the street. Does that mean that there are people who are not my neighbor?