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New Hanover Presbyterian Church
August 20, 2017

Who Belongs?

Who Belongs? That is the question of the hour in the United States right now and certainly in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The passage we are looking at this Sunday – Romans 11:13-24 – answers this question for us… and makes us think! https://u78016438.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/78016438/20_Aug_09.48.37.wav

August 13, 2017

This one thing — Changes EVERYTHING

Just north of the corner of Chamberlayne and Westwood Avenues is the library of Union Presbyterian Seminary. This library, dedicated to the study of the Christian faith now has well over 350,000 volumes. Each year, thousands more books are published in the quest to understand this faith, often with contradictory conclusions. Yet, all this learning, […]

August 6, 2017

Do We Live In A Time Of Scarcity?

For us, living where we do, to ask that question is ludicrous. We live in a place that is a constant festival of riches and even excess. We worry about the status of our 401K and making our house payment. Rare is the person in our midst who worries about food or a place to […]

July 30, 2017

The Sea Anchor

Maybe you have heard the prayer “Dear God, be good to me; the sea is so wide, and my boat is so small…” That is us, just about every day, isn’t it? How does our little boat stay afloat when the storms hit, and hope fades? We will be looking at Romans 8:26-39 to answer […]

July 23, 2017

Its THAT feeling…

Its  that feeling  – the feeling that something must be coming. That this cannot be all there is. That the answer is out there somewhere – but what could it be? Romans 8:12-25 helps us get to the bottom of this feeling, and helps us understand what we are expecting (hint – its closer than […]

July 16, 2017

What Is on Your Mind?

One possible translation of Proverbs 23:7 begins “For as one thinks in their heart, so they are.” Now THAT is something to think about! We tend to think that the stuff we don’t say aloud is safe and secure, tucked away in some dark crevice of our brain. All through scripture, however, is this constant refrain of how […]

July 9, 2017

The Big Disappointment

You walk up to the mirror. You look deeply at the face reflected back to you.  (heavy sigh)  Who hasn’t been a disappointment to themselves or others? Certainly the Apostle Paul counted himself among the disappointment brigade! Romans 7 is a diary of his struggle to be the man he knew he wanted to be… […]

July 2, 2017

The Next Big Thing!

Is that a mood ring I see? Wait – is that really a pet rock? And Clackers? Is that you in that picture with the Cabbage Patch Kid? All we have to do is wait a few minutes and the latest in the fad-series will wash over us. Whether it is mullets or Crocs or […]

June 25, 2017

When your tastes change…

Steve Harmon won’t drink my coffee. The first time he had a cup I made, I think his reaction was… “Are you trying to kill me?” I admit, I like it kinda strong. And without cream or sugar. But it wasn’t always so. I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was in my 30s. Before […]

June 18, 2017

The Big Ask!

For a few years I was the director of an organization that raised money for the mission college we served in Pakistan. When we were gearing up for a big fundraising visit, or sending in a large grant application, we (ungrammatically) called it “a big ask” – one that had the potential for transformation for […]

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