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Too Smart to be a Christian

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Posted by Chris Shelton on

Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their...

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Tags: christianity, faith, foolishness, spiritual maturity, wisdom

A People for Such a Time as This

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Posted by Chris Shelton on

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place...

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Tags: charlotte, police, racial reconciliation, violence

A Desperate Time: Remembering 9/11

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Posted by Chris Shelton on

This Sunday, September 11th, we commemorate the 15-year anniversary of the most tragic terrorist attack and loss of life on American soil.  The ripple-effects left from this horrific event in our history can leave so many of us feeling as if it were just a short time ago...

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Tags: 9/11, community, gospel, prayer

The Weight of Depression and Suicide

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Posted by Chris Shelton on

Last Sunday, we concluded a 4-part series through the book of Jonah by exploring the dark and lonely feelings associated with depression and thoughts of suicide.  Chapter 4 of Jonah concludes with Jonah reaching a point where he wanted his life to end, pleading with God to kill him...

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Tags: counseling, depression, jonah, suicide

A Church for College Students

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Posted by Julie Slack on

My four years in college proved to not only be a time of intellectual and emotional growth, but had an immeasurable impact on my spiritual growth. Being involved in a college ministry was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Staff and student leaders within that ministry intentionally...

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Diversity, and why we refused to move on and drop-it

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Posted by Chris Shelton on

If you've been following our weekly emails, blogs or have been part of any of our general conversations as a church-community lately, you probably realize that the conversation around diversity (age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic, gender-identity, etc.) isn't going away.  This is...

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Tags: church, diversity, unity

Diversity, and why we refused to move on and drop-it

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Posted by Chris Shelton on

If you've been following our weekly emails, blogs or have been part of any of our general conversations as a church-community lately, you probably realize that the conversation around diversity (age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic, gender-identity, etc.) isn't going away.  This is...

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Tags: church, diversity, unity

Running TO vs. Running FROM

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Posted by Chris Shelton on

Tonight, eyes around the world will be glued to the opening ceremonies for the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Despite all of the turmoil and concerns facing these games - from risks surrounding the Zika virus; to the political upheaval in Brazil; to the lack of cleanliness...

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Tags: gospel, jonah, olympics

Us for Them

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Posted by Chris Shelton on

  This is not political. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to encourage and pray with the staff of the Pregnancy Resource Center of Charlotte, where my friend, Erin Forsythe, has served as Executive Director for nearly six years.  While there, I was given a tour of one of the...

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Tags: abortion, gospel, life

Here as in Heaven

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Posted by Chris Shelton on

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and...

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Tags: community, heaven, racial reconciliation

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