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Finding God in the Unexpected | A Christmas Message

When we think about the Christmas story, we often overlook the lineage of Jesus. In haste to meet the baby in the manger, we skip over the long list of too-difficult-to-pronouce names and jump right to the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But in doing so, we miss an integral part of the story. If you read Matthew’s account of Jesus’s genealogy, he includes an incredible description that, until today, I had never noticed. In Matthew 1:6 he says, “the […]

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You Can’t Spell Christmas Without Hope

I woke up this morning to the crushing news of the death of a classmate and friend. My heart breaks for his family and those who were close to him. Thirty-five is simply too young to die. And when it hits so close to home, it’s all the more real. In the midst of the pain, you can’t help but ask why. But as I wrestle with my emotions, I’m reminded that reason is a liar. That making sense of it […]

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Customized Jesus

I made the mistake of scrolling through social media during the recent Alabama special election. The ugliness and hate were being tossed like mud from both sides. But I was amazed at how much I saw the word, “Jesus”. In each case, Jesus and His words were being used as a defense mechanism to prove a righteous point. It was like watching two Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Jesus Robots throw haymakers back and forth. I’m concerned about the state of […]

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Confederate Statues and Taking Sides

There is a fierce battle raging in our country. The events in Charlottesville and the backlash that followed have sprouted bitter fruit from a crippled seed planted long ago. At a quick glance, the conversation is about Confederate statues, racism, and taking sides. Like a schoolyard fight, we line up on one side holding fast to our stereotypes, anger, and hatred for those across from us. But is that really the issue? In a moment of clarity, I feel like God […]

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This is a Spiritual Problem | A Call to Awaken Faith in our Cities

In the wake of events like those that recently took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, we are forced to wrestle with the darkest parts of the human condition—a darkness that isn’t only seen in the events themselves, but in the pain and backlash which follow. These moments peel back the veneer of progress and expose the deep wounds that have yet to heal. Looking at the division and hatred that still exists in the United States, is like looking underneath the […]

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Baptism, The Goodness of God, and Our Need For Revival

On July 15, 2017, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at Wrightsville Beach, I was baptized by my dear friend, Kevin Adams. Then, I had the honor and privilege of baptizing my oldest son, Matthew, and my mom, Mary Grey. To celebrate, we put together a short video below. For me, this event marks a new chapter in my life—a stepping in to my calling to pastor and lead people for God’s purposes. It’s because of this vision and because […]

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Dear Bernie Sanders, I Am a Christian

I try to avoid politics whenever possible. The political arena has become so emotionally charged and off-putting that I’d rather remove myself than be buried in the constant stream of negativity and noise. But there are moments when I cannot and will not remain silent. This is one of those moments. Yesterday, an exchange occurred between Bernie Sanders and Russell Vought during a confirmation hearing that alarmed me. During this exchange, Senator Sanders referenced Mr. Vought’s comments regarding his Christian faith and his position on salvation. […]

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