Posts from March 2016

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Celebrating Discoveries!

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This month, we celebrate the amazing work and faith of the congregations of Graham Road and The Vine UMC’s (both a part of the Arlington District), who have helped answer God’s call with some ‘out of the box’ thinking! Last year, Graham Road UMC (in Falls Church) took advantage of a Bi-District program called “Discovering […]

Brave Pastors

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Brave Pastors They came from all across the Bi-District area, from Fairfax, from Loudoun, from Prince William to Alexandria; ten brave pastors willing to face impossible odds for the sake of improving worship and reaching new disciples for the transformation of the world.  Who exactly they are, and what exactly they did will remain a […]

A Resurrection Story

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A Resurrection Story: Two years ago, Arlington UMC, made the difficult decision to close their church. In the midst of these difficult decisions, small congregations that made up that congregation were sent to other locations. One of those was a mostly-West African native congregation led by Rev. Raymond Max-Jones. Rev. Jones had been a part […]

Jesus in Disguise

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“Jesus In Disguise” The other day I was listening to WGTS/91.9 FM.  Yep, me, an older guy listening to contemporary Christian radio; but I heard some great lyrics (chorus) which went like this: Jesus in disguise, Jehovah passing by             The burden of a tear, Hanging in your eye             Jesus in disguise, A scar […]

God’s Shalom

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With all the audacity and idealism of youth, I devoted my first two years out of college to ending war.  This was not your typical anti-Vietnam War protest—my goal was ending all wars…not just in Southeast Asia, but in the whole world.  Not just in the early 1970’s but for all time.  I dwelt in […]

Jeff Mickle’s March Book Reviews

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SOME READING OPTIONS FROM THE D.S. The best book I have read on the Crucifixion of Jesus is the recent one by Fleming Rutledge, published in 2015, titled simply The Crucifixion, subtitled, “Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ.” The best book I have read on the Resurrection of Jesus is older, written by N. T. […]

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THREE DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD FOREVER I remember being part of a small group discussion several years ago. Someone in the Holy Lands had discovered an ossuary box containing the name of Jesus! This headline caught the attention of the people in this small group. It sounded like someone had found a container that […]