Driving GMAC

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“You experienced it all firsthand. With each of you we were like a father with his child” (1 Thessalonians 2:11 Msg). No, I didn’t get a GMC truck. I spent the day driving GMAC (Gordon MacDonald) from the Raleigh airport to a pastor’s conference in Winston Salem and then back to his hotel in Raleigh…. Read more »

To kill a Mockingbird

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“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up” (Luke 8:5 NIV). Some Sundays are more challenging than others. This past Sunday was like that. I should have been prepared for it,… Read more »

Choosing to be uncomfortable

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"I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world" (John 16:33 CEV). "Americans don’t have a good theology of suffering" (Rick McKinley, Pastor at Imago Dei Church, Portland,… Read more »

Ever lose that lovin feeling?

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Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. (Revelation 2:4) “Woa…woa…woe.” (The Righteous Brothers) Sometimes we forget what it was like when we first fell in love. The object of our affection consumes our every thought. Some describe it as being “love sick.” But Jesus told the church in the city… Read more »

This past Sunday is still shining!

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I’m still stoked about our last Sunday service! We talked about how we want to be a people that uses our light of influence to shine on Jesus. So many churches and Christians waste their influence by declaring what they’re against. Or they misuse their influence by discussing peripheral or temporal things. But in the… Read more »