I made a few extra trips home this summer because of Charles' battle with a malignant brain tumor, his death, and funeral. We wanted to spend as much time with family and at home as we could. We hoped for more time and were planning our next big family get together when Charles took his final … Continue reading Going Home
A sweet lady at Central stopped by a gift store that was going out of business and found this figurine on sale. She bought it as a gift for me, saying that she thought I would like it. Boy do I like it! It is on my desk as I write. When I look at … Continue reading Faith of our Fathers
Wheaties may be the breakfast of champions, but for Will Sharp, J Hall, and I that honor belongs to Waffle House. Sometime in the last year, we began meeting every Tuesday at Waffle House for breakfast. We take this time to talk about anything, but especially the work at Central. Will is the Campus Minister … Continue reading Breakfast of Ministers or Lessons from WH
Recent events have turned my world sideways. Not stopped or upside-down, but sideways. As a minister I am no stranger to destruction or disease. I have consoled many through tough times. I have personally faced them on occasion. But the passed few days grabbed my attention. I would start with the current political situation in … Continue reading Sideways
This weekend Amy and I had the opportunity to do some things we have not done in a while. After she finished teaching and getting everything together from School and after I finished up in the study, we left for my parents' house in Florida. On Saturday we experienced a first for us - a 7 to … Continue reading Characteristics of a Can-Do Faith
First let me emphatically say that this post is NOT about money! This post is about you and the church, specifically the congregation of God's people that you assemble with. Where you assemble to worship is probably similar to Central, where we attend and where I preach. We are a good group of people. We are … Continue reading How to Help the Church
Fellowship. Churches use this term on a regular basis. But what is fellowship? Here are some answers: Fellowship is finger-foods on Sunday evenings. It is greeting each other when we meet. It is greeting visitors guest at our assemblies and events. It is church sports teams. It is lunch or super with Christian friends. It … Continue reading Fellows in the Same Ship
For those that do not already know, my dad had a heart defibrillator installed yesterday morning. Due to the skill of the surgical team and most importantly God's care all went well and He should go home today to convalesce under the careful and skillful hands of my mother, his wife of 54 years. I … Continue reading The Family That . . .
Why Does the Church Meet?Many NT passages refer to churches assembling together for regular worship. The word translated church (Ekklesia) means called-out or assembled. Just by definition I cannot be a part of a called-out, an assembly if I am not there. But why is assembling important? Why do I need to attend assemblies?We Assemble … Continue reading Why Does the Church Meet? Should I Go?
From a purely doctrinal and linguistic point of view, the church is those called out by God. The word translated church is a word describing a group of purposefully assembled people. But that is not the answer I wanted to share to today's question. What is the Church? According to the writers of the New … Continue reading What is the Church?