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Violence, racism and the part we play

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"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."  -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [updated 7/9/16] While we were headed out on our first date-night in several weeks, Molly...

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Tags: dallas, louisiana, minnesota, racism, shootings, violence

The Art of Just Showing-up

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Around 9:30am this morning (Friday, June 24), Molly and I had the wonderful opportunity see off (alongside many more parents and friends) a total of 108 people, made-up of high schoolers, adult leaders and college leaders, who were setting-out for the much cooler, refreshing mountains of...

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Tags: life, ministry, presence, younglife

A Church for such a time as this

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens...a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance...a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate... Ecclesiastes 3:1,4,7,8 (NIV)  On Sunday morning...

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Tags: homosexuality, lgbt, orlando, salisbury pride

No Other Name

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Later today, the life of arguably the greatest boxing champion ever, Muhammad Ali, will be celebrated in Louisville, KY, marking the end of a week-long series of events marking the career and the global impact of the man who is often referred to as The Greatest. In the early 1960's...

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Tags: 30 days of prayer, evangelism, islam, jesus, muhammad ali, muslim, ramadan

Members Only (And other scars from the 80's)

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If you were fortunate or unfortunate enough (depending on how you look at it) to be alive during the 1980's, there's a good possibility you were the proud owner of a "Members Only" jacket, or at least you knew someone that cool!  I happened to have a 'sweet' blue one myself!  So, this...

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Tags: belong, community, gospel, member, membership

A Church of Irresistible Influence

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Almost 11 years ago, a pastor-friend of mine loaned me a book from his shelf that revolutionized my view of the local church's role in the community and the world.  I started the book shortly after and couldn't put it down, and even went on to make my own underlines and notes in the book...

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Tags: influence, mission, missions, outreach

A Gospel-Centered People

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...to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ-their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:2-3 NIV I love the...

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Tags: church, gospel, transform, transformation

The Gospel & The Church (Pt.2)

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Historically, the 11th Century (C.E.) gave rise to a system of theology and philosophy known as Scholasticism which has served to shape the Church in significant and profound ways in the centuries since.  Scholasticism introduced the concepts...

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Tags: apologetics, church, history, scholasticism

The Gospel & The Church (Pt.1)

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This first appeared as a post on April 8, 2016 as part of our weekly newsletter Have you ever wondered why there are so many churches?  If you grew up in North Carolina or have been in this area for any considerable amount of time, you're probably accustomed to seeing a child building...

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Tags: building, church, gospel, history

Implications of Spring & Resurrection

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Ahhh...the arrival of Spring!  More daylight (don't forget to move your clocks forward this Saturday!), warmer temperatures, March Madness, baseball, and all those ongoing bouts with allergies that seem to accompany the budding flowers and trees!  Spring is by far my favorite time...

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Tags: easter, new, resurrection, spring

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