23 01, 2021

The Bible Is Not A Weapon

2021-06-03T08:36:22-04:00January 23, 2021|

“Let’s play Bible swords.” I was at Vacation Bible School in 1994 when I first heard this phrase. Every kid in the room had a Bible in their hand, no cheat tabs or fingers in the pages yet. The leader shouted “John 3:15…GO!” Every kid in the room is hustling through the pages trying to find this Bible verse first, because the winner got [...]

22 01, 2021

Bridge The Gap

2021-06-03T08:36:14-04:00January 22, 2021|

Wherever there are labels and divisions, we tear them down. Wherever there are outsiders, we build bridges. Black folks in a white dominant society? People who are gender confused? Immigrants? Muslim women? People whose first language isn’t english? Individuals on the autism spectrum? Kids like me who grew up in the foster system? All of you, ANY OF YOU IN CHRIST, have been made [...]

9 01, 2021

Good Grief

2021-06-03T08:36:10-04:00January 9, 2021|

Good Grief   Jennifer and I were in tears as we discussed the reality of what happened on Wednesday. After looking at photos and videos, reading commentary, watching my friends react & argue online, and considering the implications of such an event in our Nation...I am tired.    So are you.    You are tired, frustrated, aggravated, and filled with emotions that you don’t [...]

13 12, 2020

Christmas & Equality

2021-06-03T08:33:41-04:00December 13, 2020|

Today I preached Luke 1:39-45 - the story of Mary and Elizabeth meeting and introducing their unborn babies to each other. John, Elizabeth's unborn son, was filled with the Holy Spirit upon their meeting one another. It's a powerful, prophetic picture of God seeing, blessing, and finding favor with the "least of these." It's a story of two marginalized women, and two unborn babies, [...]

25 11, 2020

Praying Psalm 91

2021-06-03T08:33:34-04:00November 25, 2020|

Make Psalm 91 A Personal Prayer God, I take shelter in you. You are the Most High, and I will rest in your shadow. I will live and reside and dwell in your presence, because you are the almighty. Lord, you are MY refuge, MY place of safety, and MY God. I trust you. I believe you will rescue me from every trap and [...]

25 11, 2020

Looking Forward

2021-06-03T08:33:29-04:00November 25, 2020|

The other day I was telling someone I was looking forward to seeing them, as I typed I hesitated... I paused with “looking forward” typed into my text thread. I asked myself the question, am I really? What does it even mean to look forward? Is this just something I say, or do I REALLY “look forward”? Seems like I’ve been spending a lot [...]

24 11, 2020

Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday

2021-06-03T08:33:21-04:00November 24, 2020|

This past Sunday I spoke about Authentic Emotions. We explored the story of David, how he went from living in the Kings palace to hiding in a cave afraid for his life. We may not be experiencing the same circumstances as David, but with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner I can imagine many people are dealing with some of the same emotions [...]

23 11, 2020

Are you Conservative or Liberal?

2021-06-03T08:33:15-04:00November 23, 2020|

Confessions!! I am theologically moderate I am politically conservative I am methodologically liberal Confused yet? Me too! Here’s my train of thought: I am theologically moderate Theologically, I am not a fan of any extremes. On moral issues, scripture is not always “black and white.” A lot of times scripture is gray. Where scripture is black and white, I embrace it and do not [...]

23 11, 2020

We will rebuild

2021-06-03T08:33:09-04:00November 23, 2020|

Everyone knows about the grand opening of Oasis, January 19, 2014. It was our very first Sunday morning service. Hundreds of people showed up, 28 people met Jesus, & it was a big, exciting day.  But here’s the part people don’t know... Technically, we started Oasis 9 months earlier with a small crew of 40-something people in a rented room at the Holly Springs [...]

18 11, 2020

Happy Anniversary

2021-06-03T08:33:03-04:00November 18, 2020|

To my love ...the one who laughs with me. ...the one who eats beef with me. ...the one who sacrifices, serves, and loves me. ...the one who gave me the greatest gift I’ve ever received, children. ...the one who forgave me even after I accidentally farted on her my sleep the other night.  ...to the most beautiful woman, who has given me the most [...]

18 11, 2020

A faceless, nameless, pastor.

2021-06-03T08:32:55-04:00November 18, 2020|

When it comes to pastors, it seems like people are looking for something a little extra, a Pastor+, a rockstar. Err’body wants to be that “cool” pastor. The one with a slick insta, clever quotes and 🔥  sermon clips. I used to try so hard to be that guy, but I’m over it. I don’t want to be an entertaining, self promoting, personal brand anymore. [...]

13 11, 2020

It’s Beautiful Outside

2021-06-03T08:32:49-04:00November 13, 2020|

Isn’t it beautiful outside? Over the years I’ve come to learn that rain or shine, it’s beautiful outside. Thunder & Lightning? Beautiful. Clear Carolina Blue Skies? Beautiful! Dark, gray, storm clouds creeping overhead? Beautiful! Why? Because all weather is the handywork of our creator.  “He causes the clouds to arise from the end of the earth, makes lightning bolts accompany the rain, and brings the wind [...]

10 11, 2020

244 DAYS.

2021-06-03T08:32:41-04:00November 10, 2020|

244 days... ...that’s how long it’s been since I've seen some of you, that's how long it's been since we've had a 'normal' church service, and that is how long it's been since I went to Harris Teeter without a mask on. Truth is, we’ve ALL been impacted this year. You’re wearing a mask to the grocery store. You probably had to cancel some [...]

5 11, 2020

Slogans Are Broken

2021-06-03T08:32:37-04:00November 5, 2020|

Heard this phrase the other day, “Slogans are broken.” They were originally made with good intentions, and they were supposed to elevate positive thoughts and bring people together under one banner… …but they have been hijacked.  Slogans have been broken, abused, and taken advantage of. Designed to be vision statements, they are now being used as division statements. They were supposed to be talking points, [...]

2 11, 2020

7 Scriptures About Grace

2021-06-03T08:32:31-04:00November 2, 2020|

#1 – You are not condemned! "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1 NET) #2 – Jesus makes all things NEW! "So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17 NET) #3 – Jesus does not partially clean us…He [...]

31 10, 2020

My Hope Doesn’t Ride On Air Force One

2021-06-03T08:32:27-04:00October 31, 2020|

Politics... Did you know, the words politic, polity, and polite are all cousins from the same bloodline? All three of these words refer to what is civil, or… what is right.  Specifically, “politics” means “the methods or science of government”. In the church, we have what we call “Church Polity” which is usually a boring conversation about the right way to govern the church.  And of course you may have [...]

26 10, 2020

Jesus and the sponge 🧽

2021-06-03T08:32:14-04:00October 26, 2020|

Imagine an ancient public toilet…over 2,000 years ago. It’s basically a permanent, outdoor port-a-potty. There was a bucket that you’d sit on, maybe a wall on each side, and a hollow or open area beneath the floor of the bucket where all the human excrement landed. The higher class person would pay to sit on the public toilet, and a slave would remain below. [...]

25 10, 2020

Thoughts on the Upcoming Election

2021-06-03T08:32:08-04:00October 25, 2020|

Hey Oasis!  The election is just a couple of weeks away. So far it has been a multi billion dollar event…over $11 billion dollars, actually. The news coverage is frantic, the gossip is all consuming, the speculation is unending. Some people are using their Facebook accounts to lobby for the affirmation of their specific candidate and worldview, some are using every bit of their [...]

25 10, 2020

The Authentic Pastor

2021-06-03T08:32:01-04:00October 25, 2020|

“It’s hard to find an authentic pastor.” I’ll never forget saying this after finally meeting my celebrity man crush. When I was fresh out of college I attended the church of this mega pastor who I had a mega obsession with. I had these preconceived ideas of how cool he was and how incredible it would be to know him personally. And then I [...]

24 10, 2020

Tenacity

2021-06-03T08:31:54-04:00October 24, 2020|

I have never been “exceptional” at anything. Not academics, sports, church, performing arts, music, writing, clowning, or whatever... I’ve learned that talent might get you noticed, but TENACITY gets you wins. Dive on the ball, practice, show up, take risks, put yourself out there. Sometimes you don’t have to be the best, you just have to give it your best.  The struggle produces endurance.  [...]

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