Twenty years ago I planted a church called Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Besides becoming a Christ-follower, and then marrying my wife and being graced with four incredible children, it has proven to be the defining act of my life.
- October 04, 2012 |
A brutally honest 40-something version of the "What I Did This Summer" essay.
- October 03, 2012 |
What is now upon us is the sense that our constitution does not simply call for the freedom of religion, but the freedom from it. In other words, that we must sanitize any and all aspects of religion from public life.
- October 01, 2012 |
I'd like your help. Our new bookstore, The Grounds, asked me for the top ten books I would recommend that everyone read. Whether they are simply new to the faith, or just hungry to grow, what would those ten be?
- September 27, 2012 |
God sent His Son not only to suffer in our place but also to suffer with us. Our merciful friend has been through it all. He is with us right now! And while He may not deliver us from pain and loss, He’ll walk with us through it.
Many children raised in a Christian home—perhaps even most of them—profess faith at a young age. Many parents then ask, Should my child be immediately baptized? Here is my attempt to answer this question.
Blessed is the man who does not fight what he cannot change.
Tim Tebow says he wants a wife with “a servant’s heart.” Does that make him a misogynist?
Ancient manuscripts seem to be the sweet spot, a la Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code, for sensationalism. Anything "old" that surfaces that even hints at a variant account of the biblical materials is thrown into the news cycle with breathless drama.
Sometimes we need to be narrow-minded.
Today, we have made personal experience everything. What we think and feel, what we emote and choose, is placed above the stated orthodoxy of the community of faith of which we are a part.
- September 20, 2012 |
Someone brought something to my attention recently. A young woman on our staff came across a talk, given by a pastor, on a church’s website. It was my talk.
- September 17, 2012 |
Our culture has made a mother's womb the most dangerous place on the planet.
- September 15, 2012 |
Those who have died are in the hands of God who is both just and loving.
- September 14, 2012 |
A “Day of Accounting” will eventually come for all of us, but local church leaders bear a heavier responsibility.
On a recent Christian talk show the host was rightly commending Dawn Loggins, an eighteen-year-old who was once homeless but is now headed to Harvard.