Published: 4 years ago

Thursday Three For All

When Jesus Haunts Your Halloween. (via @davidcmathis) When Jesus haunts our Halloween, we pour in the extra energy and creativity to capitalize on this opportunity to meet new neighbors and go deep with the old — whether we’re ushering our kids from house to house …

Published: 4 years ago

What’s Your Brown M&M?

One of my favorite “details” stories revolves around Van Halen and their brown M&Ms. Disclaimer: I didn’t listen to much Van Halen as a kid. I remember when “Jump” made it big on the radio. I saw Mr. Lee Roth’s tongue on MTV before …

Published: 4 years ago

Flashback Friday: Autumn Has Arrived

After my little tirade at the beginning of Wednesday’s post, I was reminded anew how much I dislike the word “Autumn.” (I think it was invented by Hallmark to sell more cards, or something.) But it also reminded me of this little post from …

Published: 4 years ago

Thursday Three For All

‘Mr. Spock goes to church’: How one Christian copes with Asperger’s syndrome. (via @BrantHansen) Fascinating. How are our churches doing in reaching people who feel “like an alien at church”? Multiple times, each week, every week, I found myself wishing I’d be moved by the …

Published: 4 years ago

Do Hallelujah Fests Work?

It’s that time of year again: fall (or Autumn, if you consider yourself better than the rest of us). The time when hipsters break out their slightly-less-ironic scarves, pumpkin flavoring seeps into everything, and churches everywhere roll out their 14th annual HallelujahWeen HarvestFest Trunk …

Published: 4 years ago

Christmas at DPAC is Back

That’s right, boys and girls: Christmas is coming again this year. Even better, it’s coming back to Durham Performing Arts Center. More info is coming later on tickets, service times, and how you can volunteer to serve the RDU community as we celebrate the …

Published: 4 years ago

Believing Forgetters

Last week our staff team celebrated communion together, as we do each month. It’s one of my favorite times of worship here at the Summit, a time when none of us are worrying with weekend responsibilities or what’s happening out in the lobby. It’s …

Published: 4 years ago

Flashback Friday: Fried Cheese, How I Love Thee

In what has become an annually-recurring post, I present my homage to the North Carolina State Fair. Who’s going this year? And most important: what’s your favorite fried dish? Upon entering the fairgrounds, head immediately to the grist mill.  It’s an authentic working mill where …

Published: 4 years ago

Thursday Three For All

A Reason To Really Be Offended. (via @DavidCMathis) If you’ve hung out here for a while, you know this lines up perfectly with our First Impressions plumbline: The Gospel Is Offensive (Nothing Else Should Be). I’m grateful to David for describing the “offensive” part so crisply. It is wondrously …

Published: 4 years ago

A Walk To Remember

Here on the ol’ blog, I talk a lot about the mechanics of hospitality: systems, structures, and staffing that takes a biblical virtue and puts it together on an institutional level. But perhaps more important than hospitality’s mechanics are its organics: what is the church’s true culture …

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