The Gift of Poetic Challenge

Rev. Rebecca Heilman-Campbell(Matthew 5) My childhood best friend and I had the biggest imagination. We would go on long adventures – running from cheetahs in the Serengeti, creating nature soup that would protect us from the witch in the woods, setting treats...

The Gift of Turning Around

Dr. Steve Lindsley(Matthew 4: 12-25) Do you hear the drumbeat getting louder? Boom….boom…..boom…..BOOM…..BOOM The way Matthew tells it in his opening chapters, that drumbeat had been building for some time.  King Herod gets wind of a potential rival to his power and...

The Gift of Unbridled Curiosity

Sara Martin(John 1: 29-42) Pray with me. Speak to us, Living God, as you have spoken to our ancestors: through the voices of your prophets, the breath of your Spirit, the life of your Son, so that we may live according to your Word. Amen. Last year, I was invited to...

The Gift of Authentic Community

Dr. Steve Lindsley(Matthew 3: 13-17) John the Baptist was right, you know.  The idea of him baptizing Jesus was downright absurd.  He knew it.  Everyone knew it.  It’d be like world-renowned tenor Placido Domingo stopping by your house so you could give him some voice...

No Cheap Comfort

Rev. Rebecca Heilman-Campbell(Matthew 2) A week ago, the stockings were hung over fireplaces, lights sparkled through the streets and avenues of Charlotte, red bows were tied to wreathes, and trees stood tall with their ornaments carefully placed. Cookies were baked,...

Sing A New Song: The Angel’s Song of Peace

Dr. Steve Lindsley(Luke 2: 1-14)  To watch our Christmas Eve service in its entirety, click HERE.   Must be able to sing. That was the one line in the job posting that had him questioning whether he should apply.  And it was a shame, because everything else...