Category: Current Events

Who you are not

When revitalizing a church, your temptation is going to be to do it like the big dogs.  You want to be the next Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, Steven Furtick, Craig Groeschel or whoever else is popular at the time.  Your church, however, should be different.  It should be different because you are different, your members are different, your community is different, and your calling is, therefore, different.

Does God want me here?

Before you decide to revitalize your church or your small group, and to bring dead bones to life, first go to God and ask Him if he’s down with that plan.  We started our revitalization conversation here, and if you’re trying to turn things around or just beginning your story, you’re probably excited about the…

My Grandfather, the Pastor

I am different than my grandpa “Chuck”.  I am talkative and energetic and love to have a good conversation.  My grandpa has always been quiet and  reserved, preferring to read and study over talking.  Yet he’s always been a man to be admired.  With my grandma Judy He started the Grace Baptist Church in Birmingham…

What I learned when AAF turned into K-love

Then I heard the news.  AAF was becoming K-love.  I don’t care if you judge me for being disappointed when the news traveled from my newsfeed and into my eyes.  Well, my first thought was, “That’s hilarious”.  Then I was disappointed.  I knew several of my rock and roll friends in the area, including those who were involved with AAF in the early days, were disappointed.  I understood.  Something that is a part of your history, when it changes, tends to disappoint.

The Nicene Creed, Part 2

A king born in a manger.  You know the story.  But considering that at the point the story was written there was nothing like it, it is an astonishing tale.  Kings were all about power and riches and big armies.  Even the nation of Israel, a thousand years before Jesus, complained to the prophet Samuel that “they wanted a king, like other nations.”  Power, riches, Big armies.

The Nicene Creed, Part 1

Today we’re talking about elements of the Nicene Creed and what we believe as a church.  Last week I told you that the Bible is not for information, its for transformation, and that only comes through application.  But transformation happens when we apply the information.  So you need information.  This series will be informative.    

Lust or Found?

Probably since the early 90’s, I have been attracted to successful ministries and bands.  Let’s start with Dc Talk, or as I like to call them, my first musical love.  They were on the cover of CCM Magazine a ton and each time they were, I made sure to run to the local Christian bookstore, “the Captain’s Quarters” and pick up a copy.  I went to that store on September 15, 1992 to pick up my copy of the new Michael W Smith Album, “Change your World” and again on January 10, 1993 to pick up “Free at Last” by DC Talk.  I wanted to sing like them.  I wanted to go to their concerts.  I wanted to be on stage like them.