Stop right now and think of the first three things that some to mind when you hear the word Church. Don’t hold anything back. Be honest. Be sincere. Be vulnerable. Be authentic. Be real. What are your first three thoughts? Maybe feelings? Maybe experiences? Maybe ideas? There was a study done about what people feel when they go to a church for the first time. Here are the five most common emotions from the survey: Fear Confusion Regret Hope Distracted Out of all those words, there are a lot of kinda negative......
It was the first real out of town trip with neighborhood youth that I can remember after moving to Charlotte. We had agreed to take some young folks who had been doing exemplary in school to the mountains. Why? Because they had never been! During the drive, most of the youth fell asleep and didn’t wake up until we were in the mountains. Can you you imagine?! Falling asleep in nothing more than rolling hills and waking up in the midst of giant swaths of land stretching towards the sky having never......
This is Part 2 of a 3 Part series called Because. See Part 1: Because – Context Matters and Part 3: Because – To Love Is To Live We are going to look at the Parable of the Talents () today. But before we do, check out three important places in Hebrew scripture that set the context for the Parable of the Talents: Exodus 22:25 – If you lend money to my people, to the poor among you, you shall not deal with them as a creditor; you shall not exact interest from......