Published: 7 years ago

Defining Discipleship

Over the last couple of months I’ve been a part of a team from our denomination’s state convention that is attempting to launch a discipleship initiative for churches in North Carolina.  Some of the conversations have been downright shocking and heart breaking as I’ve …

Published: 7 years ago

Granger Field Trip, pt. 2

If you missed part 1, you should catch up here to put today’s post in context.  Go on.  I’ll wait. Creative church types are always talking about thinking outside of the box.  We don’t want to do the same old, same old.  Standard messages …

Published: 7 years ago

Topical Tuesday: Raising Pansies

We’re in the middle of a several-week series called Topical Tuesdays, where you pick the topic and I make up answers.  You can add your topic / question to the list by commenting on this post.  Today’s question is submitted by Lauren Dyson: Since …

Published: 7 years ago

Granger Field Trip, pt. 1

It’s not a secret that pastors only work on Sundays.  The rest of the week is spent honing my curling skills, or whatever it is that you imaging pastoral-type folk do on their Sabbath from Sabbath.  That’s why it’s often difficult – if not …

Published: 7 years ago

Greater Love Hath No Man…

Yesterday morning I caught up with my friend and fellow Summit pastor Brad O’Brien over coffee.  If you’re new to the Summit, it might surprise you that Brad and I haven’t always carried the titles of Lofty And Exalted Ones (or, “Campus Pastors,” for short).  …

Published: 7 years ago

Book Review: The Beautiful Fight

Gary Thomas is the kind of author that makes you wince and worship all at the same time.  Wince – because he clearly identifies our rebellion against God as part of our fallen nature, and worship – because he reminds us that God hasn’t …

Published: 7 years ago

Water Torture Worship

The scene: last Sunday, the Summit’s 12:30 service.  We’re roughly three minutes into the message, and I’m sitting four rows back, right center section, settling in for Pastor J.D.’s weekly tirade against lasik surgery.  Or proclamation of the gospel.  Whatever. And then, out of …

Published: 7 years ago

Topical Tuesday: Who Gets to Serve?

We’re in the middle of a several-week series called Topical Tuesdays, where you pick the topic and I make up answers.  You can add your topic / question to the list by commenting on this post.  Today’s question is submitted by Mike Gifford: Should …

Published: 7 years ago

When Selling Loses its Soul

If you’re a long-time reader of the blog, you know that I put way more stock into Super Bowl commercials than I should.  (Read last year’s rant here.)  But this past Sunday I recognized something else: the ads have lost their soul. Very few …

Published: 7 years ago

Topical Tuesday: Through the Mud

Today we begin a several-week series called Topical Tuesdays, where you pick the topic and I make up answers.  You can add your topic / question to the list by commenting on this post.  Today’s question is submitted by Jeremy B: What is a …

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