Reconcile Collective

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25 Nov: A Pathway to Healing

I have been wrestling and praying all night about how to convey exactly what God has been stirring in my heart for a long time. I have struggled with the idea of, “What could I possibly contribute to the conversation that hasn’t already been said?” But, after watching another opportunity for all my brothers and sister in Christ to come together and shine the light of the Gospel into a dark situation devolve into hatred, coldness, and veiled racism….I believe I must speak from the heart in the hopes that whoever hears it will be moved to draw closer to Jesus and find our hearts in tune with the Father’s. I have seen racism in many different shapes and forms throughout my life. The inappropriate jokes so many people have felt the comfort to share simply because we share the same skin pigmentation (and ashamedly, I never once took a…

23 Oct: Real Thing

“Gathering with the Church should lead us to holy ground. You get to come and worship Someone else, with someone else. You get to pour out love to Him by serving those around you and considering them more important than yourself. It’s not about you. And you are glad it’s not about you. Because this is something far greater than you. It is sacred.” – Francis Chan It has been an interesting time for me during these past few months. I began working a full-time job for an amazing IT company here in Charlotte. My youngest son has seen an incredible opportunity open up for him to pursue his dream of playing college basketball. I got to celebrate my granddaughter’s 2nd birthday with family and friends. Along with other moments, there have been some very joyous occasions for me. But there has also been darkness. I have experienced the pain…

22 Oct: Secure

“Those who are not secure in Christ cast about for spiritual life preservers with which to support their confidence, and in their frantic search they not only cling to shreds of ability and righteousness they find in themselves, but they fix upon their race, their membership in a party, their familiar social and ecclesiastical patterns, and their culture as means of self-recommendation. The culture is put on as though it were armor against self-doubt, but it becomes a mental straitjacket which cleaves to the flesh and can never be removed except through comprehensive faith in the saving work of Christ.” – Richard Lovelace I have thought about these words over the past few days. People I know and love, draping themselves in confederate flags and trying to intimidate a group of people to leave a statue alone. People I once respected, demeaning and disrespecting a faithful sister in Christ and…

26 Sep: True Beauty

My love, If there is one thing I would love for you to know today on your birthday, it is how beautiful you are. When I say you’re beautiful, I don’t mean some kind of surface-level attractiveness that just catches your eye. Although you are fine as all outside, I mean something so much more and deeper. When I say you’re beautiful, I’m talking about beauty that has depth. The kind of depth that pours everything out for her family. From creating and caring for a home that loves so well that even strangers feel welcomed to taking on tasks that help provide for every need we could ever have, your beauty resounds with depth that could take a lifetime to explore. When I say you’re beautiful, I’m talking about beauty that has scars. Scars that tell the story of a girl who endured evil and pain no child should…

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25 Sep: Now I See

Good morning family. I want to take an opportunity to speak with clarity and directness to the cultural climate I believe we are finding ourselves navigating in this moment of time…… As a pastor and follower of Jesus Christ, God has called me to be an ambassador for His kingdom. What that means is that, once I placed faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord, I became a citizen of a new home and am supposed to demonstrate, in life and deed, what it is like to be a resident of that place. Jesus came to Earth and gave His life so that we might all be freed from the eternal bondage that sin had waged upon our souls, the very essence of who every one of us are. Our faith freed us from the curse of sin and made us alive in Christ, establishing us as a new people…

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24 Sep: One Nation, Indivisible

A few moments from our family’s heart….. A couple of weeks ago, my family traveled back to my hometown for my granddaughter’s 2nd birthday party. As we drove into those familiar surroundings, we encountered a rally that been organized to try and save the confederate monument in front of the courthouse. This is the same monument that inspired my blog post a few weeks ago. As we circled around and I listened to the chants of those who desperately want to save that statue and those who were counter protesting across the street, I was stirred deep in my soul by emotions of anger and frustration. I have my own personal views and beliefs when it comes to racism and its deep roots in the psyche of us as Americans. But the images and sounds I experienced on a day that was meant to be joyful reminded me of something…

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16 Sep: Mercy

So I struggled for a while after I surrendered my life completely to Christ. I struggled with the knowledge of all of the time I wasted being selfish, all the times I hurt family and friends with my sinful actions, and the times I could have made a stand for my Savior and didn’t. You see, even though I felt the love and mercy of God in my life at that moment, this idea of His grace and mercy extending to all of my past transgressions was not resonating in my heart. There would be times that I see people I cared about struggling in their personal lives and couldn’t help but feel this sense of shame that I had helped contribute to their problems instead of speaking life into and helping them. You know who else I believe felt like this? Peter If you remember, Peter and his brother…

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13 Sep: Spheres of Influence

Have you ever wondered what on Earth you are doing? You know, those moments when you just kind of take stock of your life and say, “This isn’t what I had in mind. How did I get here?” I have thought to myself, on many occasions throughout the years, this same thing. I was very positive at an early age that by the time I was 39 years old(which would be now), I would be in the twilight of my professional baseball career. The problem with that is I didn’t have the drive, the self-determination, or the passion to put in the necessary work to give myself that shot. So instead of possibly gearing up for the stretch run heading into the playoffs every September, I found myself writing policies for my mother’s insurance agency where I worked. Now, I would need to write a novel to accurately go through…

30 Aug: Confession

I know this post was supposed to be the next part of Purpose.  That was what I had planned. But then my wife Brandy and I had a conversation last night about my writing and she challenged me with some hard truth.   So I sat at the computer for 3 hours, blank page and alone in my thoughts.   I spoke to God and I wrestled internally.   What comes forth is an open confession…   I mask the insecurities I have inside with a disposition of pleasing people.  It is a defense mechanism designed to keep me from feeling any tension of conflict.  And when the moments of real, raw honesty spring forth, my mind over-corrects and sprints back to appeasement.   I have always known this in my life.  Even though I didn’t always recognize it or want to acknowledge it, it has been there.  I often…

29 Aug: Purpose

Purpose.  It is what every one of us lives for.  Every one of us woke up today with that thing residing in our gut that drives us to do what we do.  It is most likely what you are thinking of when your feet hit the floor out of the bed and when you pick them up to lay it down at the end of the day. Some of us know exactly what it is and some of us are trying to discover it’s true identity.  We are constantly moved to make the decisions that will bring it to our fingertips, desperate to feel its comfort inside of our grasp. There is a perfect explanation for this actually…..you were created for a purpose. Every human being on this planet. No matter your gender, socio-economic status, race, culture, sexual orientation, or occupation….all of us were created for the same purpose. My…