I’m not a “health nut”, but I’ve learned something important about being healthy… It hurts. Being unhealthy hurts, too. When you plant a church, at the center of your motivation needs to be two things: God and people. Planting always needs to be a response to a call. I’ve written about that before. Planting also always needs to be focused on people. I came back to our rural, Southern town to start a brand new church because I love the people of this community. I always have.
A vast research project from the University of North Carolina studied how we, as American culture, view God. Christian Smith, a Sociology Professor at UNC, determined that the most common understanding of God in America aligns to these statements: A God exists who created and orders the world and watches over human life on earth. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself. God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when he i
One of the most common questions I get is:
“How can I listen to the message from this Sunday? We’re going to be out of town, and I don’t want to miss out on it!” That’s a huge compliment. We work hard each week to prepare messages that we think will be life-giving, meaningful, and relevant to your life right now. The fact that so many of you connect to them is a powerful testimony to what Jesus is doing in our church! By Tuesday morning, we’ll have the message from that Sund
Perhaps you’ve noticed… Normal is not working. For the last few weeks at Vortex we’ve been focusing on the kind of different God wants us to be. Since normal is not working, we need to be “FREAKY”. In my last talk I shared this quote: “Where family identity is strong, peer pressure will be weak, but where family identity is weak, peer pressure will be strong.” – Greg Gunn Our families are ground zero for teaching our kids that different is not just ok, when the Spirit of God
Too often we define our lives through big moments. When we define our lives through big moments, our lives look a lot like this: I’m a follower of a Jesus. I’m married to Amanda. I’m Adahlae and Klayton’s dad. I graduated from South Stanly High School and Lee University. I’m the Lead Pastor at Vortex Church in Albemarle, NC. The problem with that sort of perspective is that big moments are one of two things: either the culmination of a journey or the start of a new one. I’m p
Most Saturday nights I’ll text most of our team to see if they’re prepared for Sunday and ask if I can do anything to help them out. I also enjoy having fun with them, so sometimes I’ll make vague references to cheesy love songs from the 80’s and 90’s. Tonight’s question was:
“Have I told you lately that I love you?” Then… I waited for their response. After their response which was mostly something like “Yeah, man”, I shared this video with them. I love my team, really I do,