Union Ridge Church

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

by Reverend Dan on June 15, 2022
I’m frustrated. And confused. And angry. And sad. Sandy Hook . . . Virginia Tech . . . Parkland . . . Uvalde. We relive the same nightmare over and over and nothing ever changes. Lots of political rhetoric and grandstanding. Commissions on the shootings. And plenty of blame is being thrown at everyone by everyone. But obviously, none of that...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

by Reverend Dan on June 8, 2022
I had another devotional ready for this week but then someone shared this with me. It is from Paul Harvey, who for those who don’t remember had a radio broadcast five days a week at noon for many...
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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

by Reverend Dan on June 1, 2022
One of the blogs for preachers I look forward to every week recently had an entry entitled, “The 6 Signs of a Really Bad Sermon.” My first thought was, “Dang – someone has hacked my sermon files.”...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

by Reverend Dan on May 25, 2022
I find irony in the word freedom, for there is nothing “free” about it. In fact, nothing comes at a greater cost. Ask the family of anyone who has died for this country for the sake of our...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

by Reverend Dan on May 18, 2022
Last week I wrote about some memories that were triggered by a photo an old friend had posted. That old friend was more than just a friend, however. He was one of the first musicians I ever looked...
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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

by Reverend Dan on May 11, 2022
I went back to elementary school recently. First grade to be specific. (All-in-all, except for the occasional not making it to the bathroom mishap, I liked that part of my education better than...
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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

by Reverend Dan on May 4, 2022
Isaiah 1:17 “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” Last week our church hosted a seminar for local pastors and...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

by Reverend Dan on April 27, 2022
As I began my post-Easter time of renewal last week, I decided to make what seemed at the time a rather innocuous request of God: “Lord, slow me down.” You see, I have trouble with the word, “No.”...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

by Reverend Dan on April 20, 2022
Have you ever experienced a letdown after some big event? Coming home from a great vacation. When the house lights come up at the end of the concert. The day after Christmas. All the air seems to...
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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

by Reverend Dan on April 6, 2022
For twenty-four years, I’ve been Reverend Dan. (Except for one time when a little boy couldn’t say “Reverend” and called me “Rubber Dan.”) I’ve preached for over two decades about the goodness of...
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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

by Reverend Dan on March 30, 2022
Last week we talked about words that tear down and destroy lives, relationships, and churches. They’re the words we would be embarrassed to speak out loud because we don’t really feel the courage...
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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

by Reverend Dan on March 24, 2022
I vividly remember a talk my grandmother and I had on her porch swing overlooking the Rappahannock River when I was only 8 or 9. There had been some scuttle bug going around the church we...
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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

by Reverend Dan on March 16, 2022
“When are things going to get back to normal, Rev. Dan? You know, the way they were before Covid?” That’s the most asked question I get at church these days. Fears are abating as the numbers go...
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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

by Reverend Dan on March 9, 2022
I’m a big fan of C.S. Lewis, and one of my favorite quotes of his is, “God whispers to us in our pleasure . . . but shouts to us in our pain.” In a recent sermon, I shared that quote before giving...
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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

by Reverend Dan on March 2, 2022
When I watch the news on TV or see video clips on the internet, it appears many people have lost the ability to have a healthy and productive conversation. Emotions go from 0-100 mph in two...
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