We love college students

“…encourage the young…” (Titus 2:6 NIV). This past week has been busy for us as we welcomed the Barton College students back! We joined about 60 businesses and nonprofits on Monday as we ran a booth for our church at the Wilson Chamber of Commerce’s “Welcome Back Barton” day. We gave away PopTarts and fridge

Who’s our customer?

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 NIV). “Who’s our customer?” asked the consultant from the McKinsey Group to a gathering of top management of the Jack Eckerd Corporation. The year was 1987 and as

Lord, how can I be where you are?

“If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me” (John 12:26 Msg). I would do anything to just be around the three men in this photo. From left to right

But do I have to hang out with Judas?

“…Follow me,” Jesus said to him” (Luke 5:27 NIV). We American Christians love that Christ calls us individually. What we don’t always appreciate is that following Jesus means hanging out with his other disciples. We prefer an individual religion. One that we can follow alone. One that caters to our individual needs. I wonder if Simon Peter ever felt

Creating raving fans

“If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles” (Matthew 5:41 NIV). Recently I attended a conference where Dan Cathey, son of Chick-Fil-A founder, Truett Cathey, was a presenter. I was really impressed with his talk. One of the mantras of the Chick-Fil-A organization is that they want to create “raving