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Hugs From Dad

Ever since I was a baby, I could only stand so much physical contact. My mom would pick me up when I cried and rock me, just like she did to my siblings. But unlike my siblings, who could stay in her arms all day, I would start squirming after a few minutes, ready to return to the sanctuary of my crib. When I got older, and my friends wanted to snuggle on the couch and watch movies, I could only join in for so long before I got hot ... Read More »

Debt Reduction

About five years ago we decided to build a new sanctuary and related space at Floris UMC. This was a huge decision because we knew it would create a level of debt that the church would have to live with for many years. We moved forward because we needed the space if, for Christ, we were going to reach more people in the community through worship, Sunday school and group life. The first phase of our facility went great, but we maxed out the worship and classroom space after 18 ... Read More »

Live. Work. Play. Worship.

Just before Susan and I were married, I was offered an incredible opportunity. There is a house in Reston—it’s actually much more like a mansion—and I was offered the opportunity to be the caretaker of this home. What this meant was that I lived in this expansive house in Reston rent-free. I had to keep watch over the house and do a few checks here and there, but I lived for free. When Susan and I were married a few months later, she moved in as well. We can say ... Read More »

The Case for Becoming a Multi-Site Church

I am a traditional guy, and while I hate to admit it, when I hear the word church, I often think of a location and a building. Mrs. Hilliard would be so disappointed. She was my second grade Sunday school teacher, who taught me to sing, The church is not a building; the church is not a steeple; the church is not a resting place; the church is a people. After we sang the song, Mrs. Hilliard would tell us that we were the church wherever we went, and buildings, ... Read More »

Being a Young Adult

As a 22-year-old who is often times the only practicing Christian in my group of friends, I often ask myself, “Why are young adults not invested in their faith?” I think there are five main reasons why young adult ministries do not always thrive in churches, even a church as vital as Floris. First, the college/young adult lifestyle and the Christian lifestyle don’t seem to align well. Many college students and young adults (including myself) like to go out on Saturday evenings, so getting up for church the next morning ... Read More »

Remembering Mom

Should I buy a card? Should I send flowers? I ask myself this each year. As my Mother’s Alzheimer’s has continued to take over the person I once knew as my Mom, do I keep the rituals alive? After all she won’t know Sunday is any different than any other day. She will be 92 at the end of this month.  Frail, thin, teeth pretty much gone, she still has beautiful blue eyes and isn’t all gray. Growing up I remember many stories from my Dad regarding miracles and the ... Read More »

How Does a Church Shape A Child’s Life?

Editor’s Note: This past Sunday at Floris UMC, a few high school seniors preached the sermon during the worship services. Their sermons can be viewed here.  As I sat there Sunday listening to our high school seniors share their stories, I couldn’t help but see God at work in our church. These young people stood boldly before the congregation and shared how Floris UMC has shaped their lives. They talked of the milestones: Sunday school, Confirmation, mission trips, and of the many ways that they have participated in the life ... Read More »

A Reflection of the Overland Park Shooting and Holy Week

I don’t know why I am still surprised by human depravity and sin or a person’s ability to hold intense hatred at a group of people who he personally knows little or nothing about, but I am, even after all these years. I was shocked a few days ago when I heard about the shootings at two Jewish community centers in Overland Park, near Kansas City. The rampage was the alleged work of gunman Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller Jr. He was identified as a “well-known white ... Read More »

Your Moment

When I was in high school—I think 10th grade—I had a very rare opportunity. I was invited to go to a gala in Washington, D.C. as the guest of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. You must come to understand something about me; I am a southern boy from Culpeper, Va. When I looked at the bucket list for my life, I never anticipated meeting the Duke of Edinburgh. This was a very exciting experience. I still remember his entrance into the ballroom that evening. Everyone stood. There were moments ... Read More »

How Would You Spend 526 Weeks?

526 weeks. That’s roughly the number of weeks I have left with my son until he graduates high school. I know this because last week I downloaded an app called Legacy Countdown, which helps you see how long you really have before your child is grown. At first I was hesitant to download the app. Do I really want to know the number? Will it make me sad? I decided to download it because my kids are still young, and I figured that my number would still be in the ... Read More »

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