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Consider ‘Making It Personal’ on April 29th

If you are thinking about serving alongside other Christians during #ForColumbia2017 on Saturday, April 29th – and I hope you are – consider making it personal. A few weeks ago, thanks to a partnership with Meals on Wheels, I was able to visit with several aging Columbians who still live independently, in their own homes…but

What gets the attention of an unbelieving world?

Generally speaking, I really enjoy serving my family. One of my favorite ways to do this is by cooking homemade meals. I don’t have many hobbies and I’m not particularly gifted in the practical arts; I can’t even whittle, let alone build anything with wood, I can’t sew beyond replacing a button on a shirt,

True Story: Investing in God’s Kingdom Yields 1000% Return

Like most others, I am regularly tempted to be distracted away from the more-important things in life – i.e. other people and their needs – to focus on my own well-being, particularly when the specter of financial distress rears its ugly head. I’ve lived with money and without it, and while I would agree that

FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About #ForColumbia2016

What is ForColumbia about? ForColumbia is an initiative to bring Christians from all over Columbia together to love and serve our city. This year, 34 churches have partnered together to complete service projects in dozens of locations all over our community. Do you give me a project and then I sign up under that project?

Every Block Has a ‘Betty’

This Spring, I have the privilege of being part of a team of people working to coordinate a multi-church day of serving called ForColumbia, scheduled this year for April 22-23. Our team has been talking to a lot of churches and meeting people at non-profit organizations all over the city, gathering information and strategizing for

The End of All Goodbyes

Mark 12:24-27: Jesus said to [the Sadducees, who deny the resurrection], “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the

4 Ways to Make Sure College Students Don’t Call The Crossing Home

  1. Act like they’re an inconvenience when they are back for school. I know, the streets are busier and parking can be a nightmare, but shouldn’t we be glad that college students are investing in our town and church, even if it’s just for a few years? Isn’t it worth a bit of inconvenience to have them here and for them to get to experience a church community in Columbia?
  1. Ignore them when you see them around the church building or in your kids’ classroom on Sunday mornings. Instead, talk to them when you see them sitting next to you. Ask them questions, introduce yourself, help them to feel welcome in a huge church body that can at times makes them feel anonymous.