February 1, 2020

Being A Sending Church

January 1, 2019

With Christ at the Center

November 30, 2018

Proclaiming the Word of God

Last month, in my article “Gathered for Worship,” I discussed our purpose for coming together, made clear in the Word: “that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and […]
July 1, 2017

The Church’s Christ-Given Job Description

Jesus made it pretty clear to his disciples what he expected from them once he returned to heaven to sit at the right hand of God.  He said, “Go and make disciples of all people everywhere, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).  […]
May 1, 2017

I Believe

On Sunday, May 21st, we will celebrate the 63rd birthday of Providence Baptist Church. This Anniversary Sunday will be my first one with you, and I am looking forward to it. Grateful people remember their shared history, as well as the leadership, vision, sacrifices, and devotion of those who made […]
December 6, 2016

Cradle Building for Advent

Let’s be honest. Most of us don’t really know what to do with Advent. It seems like the rest of the world is barreling full-steam ahead into Christmas on board a glitzy, turbo-charged sleigh while the church plods along toward Bethlehem at a frustratingly deliberate pace. That’s what Advent can […]
November 4, 2016

Share the Peace – Not the Germs

Revised from the original article “Pass the Peace – Not the Germs” (November 2014) As we approach another flu season, let us once again consider what it means to share the Peace of Christ – from the standpoint both of worship practice and of health awareness. First, let us consider […]
November 1, 2016

Who’s Who and What’s What

At long last, we are finally nearing the end of what has been a brutal slog of an election season that has offered a lot more heat than light, and a lot less substance and civility than this country deserves. It has, at times, felt like the civic equivalent of […]
October 1, 2016

Where Your Treasure Is

I am slowly – and, I hope, surely – reconciling myself to the reality of Charlotte traffic. It hasn’t been easy. Nothing I was taught in driver’s ed ever prepared me to make a left turn off of Colony Road onto Carmel Road at 4:30 in the afternoon. At some […]