Brinton’s Bridges

Christian hospitality

Christian hospitality

As soon as they sat down for dinner, Youssef Ayad offered a prayer. “Be with us, Lord Jesus, as you were with your first followers in the breaking of the bread. Bless this food to our use and ourselves to your service. Amen.” His wife Sofia passed Harley Camden a...

Tradition and Jesus

Tradition and Jesus

Pastor Harley Camden was happy to have his boat full of people, especially on such a lovely summer day. He had realized that a large part of his anger over the past year was grounded in loneliness. Yes, he was rightly upset about the way that his wife and daughter had...

Justice and Love

Justice and Love

Harley Camden dreamed he was in his twenties, on his summer semester in Israel, digging in the Galilee. A warm breeze caused a grove of pine trees to sway gently, and a pair of birds flew in gentle circles above him in a cloudless sky. He had spent the day working in...

Finding Calm in Creation

Finding Calm in Creation

Harley Camden fired up his boat and pulled away from the dock, enjoying the slight breeze rippling the surface of the Occoquan River. The boat cut effortlessly through the water, and Harley loved the feeling of moving forward with no friction, no resistance, no...

God is love

God is love

A short, slender man entered the visitation room of the county jail with his hands behind his back. He was followed by two guards, one of whom stopped him and unlocked his handcuffs. The man glanced at Harley Camden before entering, then turned his eyes forward and...

A Mighty Wind

A Mighty Wind

Soon after moving into his home in Occoquan, Harley Camden was treated to a ride in a powerboat by his friend and parishioner Dirk Carter. Harley was surprised by how good it felt to be on the river. The sunlight shimmered on the water, and the deep green leaves of...

A Christian and a Fighter

A Christian and a Fighter

One of the first people that Harley Camden met in Occoquan was Dirk Carter, a member of Riverside Methodist Church and a military veteran who served in Viet Nam. After Harley's first sermon, Dirk invited him to lunch at the American Legion Hall. “I’m a lifelong...

Black Jesus

Black Jesus

Riverside Methodist Church in Occoquan had a black Jesus. Pastor Harley Camden noticed it the first time he walked into the small sanctuary and looked up at the stained-glass window at the front of the church. At first, he thought that the glass was simply dirty, but...

Standing Together Against Terror

Standing Together Against Terror

White supremacists present the greatest terror threat to the United States. According to Politico, they are listed in a draft report from the Department of Homeland Security, above the immediate danger from foreign terrorist groups. We need to be standing together...

No Quick Coronavirus Fix

No Quick Coronavirus Fix

Mass vaccinations for seasonal flu is a fairly simple operation since resistance comes from a single shot. But the current coronavirus vaccines will require two injections that will be spaced either three or four weeks apart. There is no quick coronavirus fix....

Worthy of Praise

Worthy of Praise

2020 has been a long and tough year. This was a Leap Year, you know, but a unique one: There were 29 days in February, 300 days in March, and five years in April.  It sure felt that way. Looking back, not much in this year has been worthy of praise. The pandemic has...

The Challenge of Forgiveness

The Challenge of Forgiveness

The election is over and the voters have spoken. But we remain a deeply divided nation, Red State and Blue State, and we are angry at each other for our political choices. Today, we face the challenge of forgiveness. Why forgiveness? That may seem like an odd choice,...