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 |
Every teacher who is truly effective became a teacher because of the influence of a highly effective teacher. You can't say that about preachers. Preachers are called by God. But we can all be teachers. We should all be teachers.
- October 03, 2012 |
It's not the IRS that keeps us from "speaking up" as some think we should. It's mission.
- October 02, 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.
What is it, exactly, that we are passing down to our kids?
Blessed is the man who does not fight what he cannot change.
Methods can be helpful, but also a dangerous crutch
- September 25, 2012 |
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 |
Here are five ways in which pastoring shaped my views:
- September 18, 2012 |
A spiritual infant looks and acts a lot like human infants. They’re self-centered, cry-babies, impatient, helpless, noisy, and messy.
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.