Whitney Houston Was Wrong

A generation ago, Whitney Houston told us, "I believe that children are the future." No they're not. They're the present. That's why I'm excited about our Children's Ministry and the team of staff and volunteers we've assembled to lead it. Take a look: If you'd like...

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How The Stock Market Is Like Marriage

Down 634 points. Up 492 points. With that kind of volatility, it is so tempting to bail out of the market altogether; to panic at the first sign of instability and move to something safer & more comfortable. Yet wise investors (so they tell me) are not swayed by short...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Classic Hymns

Let's stay "old school" today as well. I've spent more time than you might suspect in traditional churches. After all, when I first started going to church there were no other options! So I've spent time in high church Presbyterian, middle church Methodist, low church...

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Going Back To Our Old School

One of Steely Dan's more infectious tunes is "My Old School": Well, we went Old School Methodism on a couple of occasions yesterday as we finished up the "Elements" series. In a highly interactive service, we began by asking why would a church ever ask people do...

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Elements, Week 6 — Prayers

So we come to the final week of Elements this Sunday.Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect out of the series. It was such a departure from our norm. Plus, it was a series that unapologetically focused on what we do together on Sunday morning.And finally, I knew I'd...

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Greater Than

I John 4:4 has some of Scripture's most confident words:You, dear children, are from God and have covercome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.If you follow Jesus, his Holy Spirit, literally, bodily, resides in you. You...

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On Getting Prayed For

On several occasions in recent weeks, I have been surprised by the generosity of people praying for me.First, I shared some time with staff and friends from Steele Creek Church of Charlotte. I have previously posted about my connections with Kelvin Smith, SCCC's...

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Different World, Same Elements

Yesterday afternoon, I attended the Installation & Celebration Service for Gary Royals, my new District Superintendent in the United Methodist Church.I previously posted on Gary's appointment here.Anyway, Myers Park United Methodist Church hosted the celebration. And...

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Hands Off Vs. Hand Off

There is a difference between "hands-off" ministry and "hand off" ministry.A "hands off" approach to ministry suggests that the pastor or leader doesn't touch the ministry area. He can't get his hands dirty or his mind involved. It's almost beneath him.A "hand off"...

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