18 Aug: Warmth of the Son

One of the most visceral and overwhelming sentences of the Bible for me is Jonah chapter 2, verse 10: “And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.” The rawness of that statement has hit differently for me over the last few years. Have you ever been around fish?  The smell of them, especially if you have ever cleaned one to be cooked, is putrid and induces nausea at first scent. Imagine what it must have been like for Jonah during those 3 days he was inside the belly of that fish.   The darkness. The smell.  The cramped space.   Yet, he found enough joy in God’s rescue that he offered up that prayer of thanksgiving despite his circumstance.   Then God spoke to the fish and commanded it to vomit Jonah onto the dry land.   Could anything be more humbling to be vomited by…

17 Aug: Exhale

I remember it vividly.  Laying on the living room floor, curled up in a ball with tears flowing uncontrollably from my eyes.   My marriage was over.  My family had been torn apart by the viciousness of two people who had finally had enough of each other.  I’m still haunted by the looks on my children’s faces…their broken hearts on display every time I would drive away from our once happy home. The only way I can think of describing the depression I felt in those days is that it was like taking in a deep breath and not being able to exhale.  Everything in you is desperately trying to release what’s inside of you, but it is impossible to let it out. It’s a heaviness that pushes you to the bottom and won’t let go. I was fully aware in that moment that I had created my resting place.   All…

16 Aug: Relentless Pursuit

It was a couple of years after the darkest period of my life that I became reacquainted with the story of Jonah. It had always been one of those silly Sunday School stories about a man that was eaten by a huge fish. You know the ones that always seemed to be so far-fetched, you weren’t sure what to think about it. That was Jonah for me. So when I was reintroduced to this story as an adult, I became aware of its beautiful meaning and how I felt like I related to Jonah so well. Jonah was a prophet and a popular one at that. He had made quite the name for himself by delivering to people messages from God that came true. He gained favor with the people of Israel because of this and was revered throughout the nation. But God gave him a message to deliver to…

15 Aug: Distress Signals

I want to share a little of my story. At the age of 28, my life was falling apart. My marriage was in shambles. My children were being torn between 2 parents who were constantly fighting and wounding each other. I had moved back to live with my parents because it was unhealthy for my wife and me to even be in the same house together. I was depressed beyond anything I had ever felt, to the point there were mornings that I didn’t even want to get out of bed. It was the darkest time of my life. There finally came a day (May 24, 2009) that I woke up and was completely overwhelmed by my circumstances. I felt as if the weight of everything going on around me was crushing my very soul. I found myself lying on the floor in the living room of my childhood home….

13 Aug: Just Keep Swimming

persevere (v.) – to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly. Remember in Finding Nemo, when Dory taught us what to do when life got you down? She sang, “Just Keep Swimming”. The implication is there are moments when the circumstances and situations you experience will want to discourage you from moving forward. But when those moments are upon you, the answer is to keep pressing ahead towards what is coming on the other side. Dory’s optimism that something better is waiting for you should encourage you to keep going. This has been on my mind lately as I have thought about the faith journey my family and I have traveled through planting Reconcile Church. There have been a lot of moments where we have encountered intense difficulty and opposition. If I am being honest, this has been the most difficult thing we have ever done. Over the past few weeks, there have been high profile…

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19 May: True Beauty

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30   Funny how you always hear this chapter preached as an ode to women, but seeing it through the lens of the Gospel, and knowing the church is called the “bride of Christ”, this verse struck me differently.   How many churches are so consumed with image and attractiveness to the world that they spend enormous amounts of time, money, and energy in the hope that they will bring people in the door?   It reminds me of the single, 20’s-something woman who goes all out: hair, make-up, nails, clothes…..just to hit the club in the hope that she will find someone who will make her feel desired.   The problem with this is, those people she is attracting are only attracted to the image she is projecting, not…

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04 May: Shattered Silence

As I drove south on Interstate 85 yesterday on my way home from work, I was in the middle of a phone call as a parade of police cars and ambulances came flying by. Weaving their way through traffic and sirens blaring, I was struck by how the sound pierced the silence of my car. I didn’t have my music on since I was talking with my friend Sam, and in the moment they passed me by, I remember telling him, “I’m not sure what’s going on, but it must be something serious.” And then silence. Pausing to pray to the Lord about whatever would cause an emergency, there was this momentary silence again, lingering like an early morning fog. Of course, once I arrived home I found out the reason for the urgency. There had been an active shooter on the campus of UNC Charlotte. In that moment of…

27 Apr: New Partnership

We are excited to announce Reconcile Church has entered into partnerships with both the Send Network and Pillar Network.  The Send Network exists to push back lostness in North America. That purpose is accomplished through church planting in areas of greatest need. Send Network’s church planting strategy is shaped by its three core values: Brotherhood, Multiplication, and Restoration. Through these core values, the Send Network desires to help plant and equip churches that are actively engaging all areas of brokenness that exists within their community. The Pillar Network is a community of like-minded SBC churches that are doctrinally aligned, missionally driven, and committed to church planting and revitalization, TOGETHER. The Pillar Network exists to serve and equip churches to be healthy, faithful bodies of believers that are thriving in their communities and commissioning disciples to live on mission.

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25 Apr: Worthy Pillars

One of the things I love most about living in Charlotte is the view of the skyline as I am riding into Uptown. As I approach the heart of the city, I am confronted by beautifully colossal structures that render a sense of awe and wonder. Many days, as I have traversed the streets between these buildings, I often think about what must have went into their construction. Parked at a stoplight, peering upwards to the skyscraper beside me, I am taken back by the sheer magnitude of steel and glass that has been shaped into something so picturesque. There have been huge technological advances in skyscraper construction that have led to some impressive and artistically beautiful pieces of architecture. The creativity of these buildings displayed throughout the world grab every onlooker’s attention as they encounter the design birthed from the architect’s mind. The one common thing they all share…