Our goal is to begin reading 1 Corinthians this week. As you finish reading Romans, I have a few things for you to think about. When you think about Paul’s letter to the Romans, what stands out to you? What verses are you the most familiar with? How about one of these? Chapter 2 Paul’s lengthy dispute about what the law says about circumcision v. uncircumcision 6:4 “Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the......
God has made a fresh decision, and this new one does not come as threat but as child. He does not come as victory but as helpless child. He does not come in pride but in a way almost unnoticed by the world. But he is king. He is not robed in splendor but in baby clothes. He is not in the royal nursery but in a barn. None of it makes any sense. At least it does not make sense to people who think they have all of life reduced to......
And don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. -from Joni Mitchell song “Big Yellow Taxi” Have you heard that phrase before: “You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone?” I have experienced this a little differently in my life–most memorably in college. I grew up and spent the first 21 years of my life just outside the Roanoke Valley. Resting in the valley, this area is surrounded by the glorious Blue Ridge......
God weaves life together in unexpected ways to create something beautiful. About five years ago, we met a young man who was beginning an internship with our non-profit ministry in Charlotte. Upon meeting him for the first time, Joanie asked, “Where are you from?” “Dunn,” he responded. “Where?” “Dunn, North Carolina.” “Where’s that?” While Jason knew the answer, Joanie learned about Dunn for the first time. Neither of us, at that time, could have imagined that we would worship in a church in Dunn, NC, much less be called there as co-pastors. Yet......