Hidden Heroes, Week 5 — The Anti-Hero Hero

The bible is full of Anti-Heroes:  Pharoah, Nebudchanezzar, Cyrus, Pilate and my favorite, Demas.First, there's the name.  Alter the pronunciation just a little and presto! you've got some profanity in church.  Especially in the plural.I promise to be...

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#TBT — Talbatman

Here I am at four and a half years old, sporting both my Batman costume and my cast for my broken left arm. If you look closely, you can see the picture was taken on May 29, 1966.The Adam West Batman show had just come on TV, he became my instant hero, and so my...

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When A 4th Grader Gets Church Mission

As we were closing up the church at the conclusion of ministry programming last Sunday night, an energetic fourth grade girl starting talking to me about her "living relationship with Jesus Christ."Music to my ears. See, in the fall of 2011 -- after a year of talking,...

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Sermon Revisited: “The Epic Fail Hero”

In preparing yesterday's message (which took place about six weeks ago), the flavor of the entire series got turned around.Huh?Well, in getting the first three messages ready, I had pretty pedestrian sermon titles (Signed, Sealed, Delivered may have been one of...

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Hidden Heroes, Week 4 — The Epic Fail Hero

This week's hidden hero might just be my favorite of them all.(Well, until next week's.)I love the arc of his story.  From failure to redemption. From problem to purpose.From Pamphylia to Proclamation.To see what all that means, Sunday.8:30.  10.  11:30.

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The Not Yet And The Never Will

Although I have lived in and around Charlotte for a quarter century, there are still some typically Charlottean things that I have never done.Some fall into the category of "not yet."  Others, "never will."I'll let you try to figure out which is which.Here they...

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