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  • What would it look like to become a community who not just teaches death to life, but thrives in the death to life paradigm in all we do? Last Sunday we dove deeper into this great theological truth...
     


  • Have you ever thought about the logo of Redemption?  I was sitting with Andrew Furr a few weeks ago, and asked that same question to him.  We came up with our own guesses, but wanted to hear it from the man himself. Pastor Shawn, who planted Redemption Church over seven years ago in Charlotte, had to have a reason for making it, right?  


  • Sunday we continued our series on Gospel reversals, on how Christ transforms our primary action from receiving to giving. Much of our culture is built on the idea of consumption, but the Gospel transforms how we view life, not merely receiving and consuming, but giving our life, energy, and resources for the good of the kingdom.
     


  • 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.