You Are the Church

I had a great conversation with a friend who co-pastors a small church in Holly Springs. We were dreaming about what the church should look like. Yesterday after speaking with another friend, I started dreaming about what the perfect church body would look like for me. Here is my list: 1. I want a church body that is diverse – from the leadership to the members. I want a church...

Respond with Grace

It has happened again. Another Christian leader involved in a scandal. (A collective sigh fills the Body of Christ.) I’m sure many Christians want to bury their head in the sand in embarrassment and pray for Jesus’ speedy return. Others are quick to point an accusing finger and blame a lack of holiness teaching in the church. Believers who refuse traditional church, shake their heads and say, “See, that’s why...

The Hunt

“The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalm‬ ‭34:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬ This promise is consuming my thoughts this morning…Well actually, I awoke this morning thinking of my needs, my desires, my lack. I awoke this morning and was bombarded by my to-do list. Does anyone else ever awaken and as you are turning off the alarm, your mind has already begun...

A Sweet Aroma

It was eleven years ago. I was standing in front of my class teaching and this young man walked in. At our school, some of the higher functioning students with mental disabilities came to our rooms to collect the recyclables. He was one of those students. He walked right in and interrupted my lesson to tell me he had seen Horton Hears a Who over the weekend. He went on,...

Not my Brother’s Judge

My brother and I grew up in the same home. A Christian home. We were baptized together. He was six. I was four. We both faltered in our teens, made bad choices. But even in my rebellion, I continued attending church. He did not. But we have remained close. Last night I asked my brother if he believed Jesus was the son of God. His reply, “Yes, but my faith...

Pharisees’ Heart

The Pharisees were not evil people. They wanted to fulfill the law. In their hearts, I believe, they really thought they were obeying and defending God. Saul, as he was dragging people out of their homes and consenting to their deaths, really believed he was doing the right thing. He really believed He was defending the cause of God. Now, of course, we know most of the Pharisees in their...

No Condemnation

Breaking News: Sinners sin. Sinners are acutely aware that they sin. Too often as Christians, we expect the world to behave like us, forgetting we can only “behave” because the power of the Holy Spirit. Sinners don’t need guilt. They don’t need condemnation. They don’t need shame. They have an abundance of that. What sinners need to know is that there are other options. What they need to know is...

The Nations

Yesterday, as I walked in my neighborhood, I noticed this sign in one of my neighbor’s yard. I don’t know this neighbor. I don’t know there religious beliefs but I thought, “Man, they understand the heart of God in this matter.” God’s heart is not just for America. God’s heart is for the nations. And as Christians, that should be our heart as well. The sign in my neighbor’s yard,...

Are You Willing to Stand?

One year, Wake County Schools decided to have a weather makeup day on Good Friday. One of my students was indignant about the situation and said, “I’m not coming because I have to go to church!” “Are you Catholic?” I asked. “Because most Protestant churches have Friday night services.” “No, I just don’t think it’s right for them to have school on Good Friday,” he replied. “Then don’t lie about...

Peer Pressure

Peer pressure – it effects more than teenagers. Saul was handsome. Tall. A mighty warrior. King of a nation. He had the ear of the lead prophet, Samuel. He had everything he needed to be successful. Yet he lost his kingship because he feared man. Saul conquered nations but could not conquer the voice in his head that said, “You are not good enough.” He stood bravely against mighty armies...