This Should Not Be So

This Should Not Be So

As I sit here writing this, I am watching the news coverage of the shooting at UNC Charlotte.

My heart is grieved by this.

I can’t escape the thought — this should not be happening. 

The speechlessness, the staggering, the profound sorrow, the overwhelming sense of violation—here we are, reeling from yet another assault of darkness. 

Simultaneously, I am putting some final thoughts on this week’s message in our series, Everybody, Always. And I can’t help but think that this is the message that the Church needs to be shouting from the rooftops — God’s desire is that we love Everybody, Always.

How to Invite for Easter

How to Invite for Easter

This coming Sunday begins a Very Big Week for Christians.

Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday is the triumph not only of Jesus Christ, but of our lives as now intertwined with his. This week is the triumph of our faith.

But some of the power of this story gets lost in our familiarity with it, lost to us because we know it so well. It's a bit like watching a movie you love...for the 42nd time.

What to Expect From Your 6th Grader

You probably already know this, but sixth grade is a HUGE year in a person’s life. It probably won’t feel like it most weeks, but what you’re doing this year is going to dramatically influence the future for your kid.

There is no other year of a person’s life that just naturally has less consistency. They can be kids one minute, and all grown up the next. You might be surprised…

Disappointment in Prayer

It seems that disappointment and bad news comes in bunches, doesn’t it?

  • The doctor calls. It’s not the report you were hoping for. It certainly isn’t the report you’ve been praying for.

  • Things don’t look that great at work. Sales are down and you can see the pressure mounting.

  • The school calls and wants to have conference about your child — when is that ever a good thing?

With that in mind, it’s interesting…