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  • If you’ve ever asked me for book recommendations, you’ve probably heard me mention my love for Bob Goff. I love him because he follows Jesus in a way that I’ve never seen in anybody else - he doesn’t over complicate it and tries to focus on becoming love in every situation. Recently, I was reading his newest book which describes a time he was asked the following: If he could essentially pick 6 words describing his life when he died, what would they be? His words were, “What if we weren’t afraid anymore?”


  • Last Sunday we started a short series on Gospel reversals: How the Gospel transforms the most critical parts of how we live. Work and rest. Death and life. Poor and rich. Sin and perfection. In the hardest and most challenging parts of our life, God is not absent. In fact the Gospel speaks into these exact places with hope and challenge.
     


  • This year was my first attempt at a garden. I had a tumultuous beginning. My plants were dying, and I was trying to figure out if they had enough sun and water - or too much. I had to learn how to prune my plants - but not too much.  The height of my learning curve was evidenced when my friend kindly pointed out that my plants were not planted deep enough, which was the root of most of my problems.


  • The goal of week 4 is to convey the centrality of God’s heart for the people who live in our city. The Church must be For Charlotte, because God is making His appeal to The City through The Church.


  • Step out. That was my New Year’s Resolution this past January. They’re just two words, but they hold a two-fold meaning for me.


  • The goal of week 3 is to begin to ‘see’ our neighbors through God’s eyes and that because of that fresh vision we would love and serve them well...


  • I was thirteen and had just undergone the Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation. The head priest had performed the ceremonial prayer as I piously knelt in front of the altar. To my family and the congregation, this meant I was now a member of the church. To me, this meant I no longer had to go to Sunday School and could thus live my quietly growing agnostic life in peace. There was just one thing left to do - something I had been dreading for weeks now. I had to go to confession.


  • The goal of week 2 is to convey the necessity of the unity of the body of Christ. A unity that is rooted in the love shared between the Father and Son, which should compel the whole Church, expressed as both “all believers” and “all local churches” to love each other well. As we will see, this oneness shared by the Church was the last thing Jesus prayed for.


  • A few weeks ago, we had our first Community Group of the fall semester, and like every good Christian group in America, it was a potluck dinner. As the night was winding down, I ended up in a side conversation with some other group members about the nature of true Christian community in contrast to just having friendships with other people who are Christians. Is there a difference?


  • Over the next 4 weeks, our church will be participating with 73 churches in the greater Charlotte area, reaching over 41,000 people at those churches in our city with a unified message. To share what is at the core of what all Christians and churches value, no matter the denomination, or background...