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Archive for the Missional Grace Category


Advent Reflection: Purveyors of Hope

Thomas Long tells a story about a man who was speaking to some friends in his church, punching the air with his finger, pronouncing every word with force, while a dozen of or so other people in the room turned to listen. “I’ll tell you what keeps me coming to this church.” The man was […]

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When Your Life Passes Before Your Eyes

When Your Life Passes Before Your Eyes “Have you ever been in one of those situations where it seemed like your life has passed before your eyes?”  That FEELING is one of doom and dread, darkness and despair – the fear that the end is near.  We explored this idea on the First Sunday of […]

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Can God Love Somebody Like Me?

In the last several post, we have explored the challenging questions Jesus face from the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees – all recorded in Luke 20.  “Who gave you the authority to do what you are doing?”  “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?”  “If a man marries a woman and dies, and his six […]

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Question: “Who Gave You The Right…?”

Here are some more “stupid questions” If you mated a bull dog and a shitsu, would it be called a bulls***? Why is Grape Nuts cereal called that, when it contains neither grapes, nor nuts? If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him? Why is it called a […]

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You are dead…

We are dead and our lives are hid with Christ in God. Dead. Out of the causal nexus for good. Dead. Not on trial. Dead. Out of the judicial process altogether. Not indicted, not prosecuted, not bound over, not found guilty. Just dead. And the lovely thing of it is that we were dead even […]

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Getting Off The Roundabout

Have you ever been stuck on a roundabout? I only know of one roundabout in the metro Richmond area, over near the White Oak Shopping Center, but there may be others. If you are unfamiliar with the term, a roundabout is a type of circular junction in which road traffic must travel in one direction […]

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Video Post (Sermon): A Gospel for the Wacky

 Luke 19:1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree […]

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A Gospel For The Wacky

I will be adding the video for this sermon in a separate post.  Below you will find the manuscript for a sermon titled:  “A Gospel for the Wacky” based on Luke 19:1-10, preached on 11/3/2013 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. “A Gospel for the Wacky” Luke 19:1-10 Art Graham, former Associate Pastor of this […]

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Moving from Missional to Incarnational

I have a friend who started a church in one of the most secularized regions of Virginia Beach.  He worked for a year to build relationships and friendships with people in his community.  Many of them were really wacky to the typical Sunday morning church people ways of thinking.  Some were Wiccans, some were addicted to […]

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What Is God Like?

 This week I am exploring the question:  “What is God like?” or “What do you (I) believe about God?”  This conversation began because of a conversation I have with a young entrepreneurial “mom” who was running her business from the coffee shop of a nearby bookstore.  You can read the introductory blog post by clicking […]

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