Methodists & Moving

This past Sunday, Methodist churches all across western North Carolina received new pastors.Now, not all Methodist churches did so. In any given year, about 20% or so of the churches in the Western North Carolina Conference say good-bye to one pastor and then hello to...

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Obsessed With Appearances

Some of you remember this Andre Agassi commercial from the 1990s. Image Is Everything is the tag line that haunted him for years.While my tennis game is nowhere near Agassi's, my struggle with image, appearance, and reputation is.That's why this week's Confession Of A...

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A Tough Funeral

I've got a tough funeral on Saturday. You can read the obituary here. James Odom was a good man whom I liked and depended on a lot.But we want to do justice to James' memory and bring honor to God with the funeral service. We've got our top music team taking part --...

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Jerusalem Marketplace

This week is our annual Vacation Bible School.Our entire campus has been transformed into "Jerusalem Marketplace." We have a synagogue, a central shopping/crafts area, and even a petting zoo.You can see the last part here: It's actually one of my favorite weeks of the...

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Jet Skis and Decision Making

As part of our KCI vacation (see yesterday's post), Julie and I went jet skiing on Saturday. It's only the second time I've ever been.The most interesting thing about jet skiing is managing the wake left by other watercraft. Jet skiing is fine as long as the water is...

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A Vice President’s Husband

A lot of you know the unique role that a "preacher's wife" plays. Part cheerleader, part advocate, part therapist.But this weekend, I got to play a decidedly easier role: Vice President's Husband. Julie is a Regional VP of Sales for Kinetic Concepts Incorporated, a...

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Bringin’ Sexy Back

Week Three of Confessions Of A Pastor comes this Sunday.By way of reminder, here's the series promo: This week, we'll look at the confession: I Have To Work Hard To Stay Sexually Pure.It's a long list of pastors who have "fallen" sexually, isn't it? This week you'll...

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Charlotte, Continued

Some other things that I like about Charlotte . . .Charlotte Christian School. The only school my kids have ever attended. CCS is biblical and evangelical without being close-minded and separatist. It is a delicate balance and the leadership does it very well.The tree...

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Charlotte

I like Charlotte.I mean, I really like this city we live in. Always have. I wouldn't be half bad working for the Chamber of Commerce.Here are the top five reasons I like Charlotte so much:5. The skyline. How about this nighttime picture?4. The foliage at the corner of...

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More About Fund Raisers

I want to expand on yesterday's post because the issue of churches, fund raisers, and tithing is something that really gets my mind and my heart going.There are three primary reasons why we don't do fund raisers around here:Community Charles Kyker, a friend who...

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