Leadership Team

Tim MacGowan, Head Pastor Hello! I’m Tim MacGowan and I’ve been called to start Living Hope, an Evangelical Presbyterian Church. I came to know the reality of Jesus Christ in my life during my teen years. I continued to grow in my relationship with Him through both successes and mistakes. One of the primary places…

Elders

Harold “Bud” Scoggins, Ruling Elder Bud and his wife of 50 years, Beverly, are long-time residents of Northern Virginia.  Bud and Beverly are native Oklahomans who moved here from Oklahoma City where Bud practiced law for 12 years.  Bud has had several varied careers, each more rewarding than the previous.  In the late 90s and early…

The Sword of the Spirit

“And take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  Eph. 6:17 The sword of the spirit is specifically identified as the word of God.  This is an offensive weapon that allows us to explicitly fight back against spiritual attack rather than simply ward off those fiery darts.  Jesus regularly quoted from…

Blogging For Life

The Sword of the Spirit The sword of the spirit is specifically identified as the word of God. This is an offensive weapon that allows us to explicitly fight back against spiritual attack rather than simply … Read more: Blogging For Life

The Shoes of the Gospel

“Having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace”  Eph. 6:15 There are two major ways people look at the footwear in the spiritual armor arsenal.  The first is that the shoes are the gospel itself, the message that provides a foundation for the Christian.  The other is that this refers to…

The Belt of Truth

"Having girded your loins with truth." Eph. 6:14a The Bible never actually names the next piece of armor, what is often referred to as the belt of truth, but it is implied in the Greek phrase, "perizosamenoi ten osphyn", which translates "having girded about the loins". That phrase means "to prepare oneself for something requiring…

The Breastplate of Righteousness

"Having on the breastplate of righteousness." Eph. 6:14b From the head, we move down to the chest and torso region that are covered by a breastplate of righteousness. This piece of armor protects our vital organs, particularly our heart – the center of our affections. Righteousness is an interesting concept as it pertains to the…

Helmet of Salvation

"Take the helmet of salvation." Eph. 6:17a I spoke Sunday about spiritual warfare from Ephesians 6 and focused on the shield of faith. I want to write a few thoughts about the other pieces of armor Paul mentions. I believe that putting on the armor of God is more than an extended metaphor. It teaches…

MOPS

What is MOPS? MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, an international organization that is dedicated to empowering and inspiring women in their journey to be the best parents possible. At MOPS meetings throughout the world, moms of children ages birth through kindergarten gather in their communities to build friendships, encourage one another, and discover practical,…

Man of Steel

This is my 30th blog post since Ash Wednesday.  For anyone following my saga, my goal was 30 posts during Lent so I was close since this is Easter Monday.  (Or Dyngus Day if your Polish and don’t mind getting wet.  Look it up!) I have mixed feelings today.  Easter was a wonderful celebration of…