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Restoring Our City

Charleston is a wonderful place to live: a historic city, with renowned restaurants and beautiful beaches to enjoy with family and friends.  Yet, there are many people who feel that they don’t fit in, who feel unpopular, and unwanted. There’s the homeless population, those who are elderly and living on their own, and people who…

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The Troubling of Israel

We hear a lot about ‘speaking the truth in love,’ but what does it mean and what does it look like? Today we will consider how God calls us to be public witnesses to the truth, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. With integrity and grace, how can we strike the right balance as Jesus did? Spread the Word…

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Stir Up Sunday

One week until Christmas! It’s why this third Sunday of Advent is known as “STIR UP SUNDAY.” Get ready! A Sunday dedicated to the stirring of our hearts, a time to wake up and realize who we are living for.  Today we have a preacher who is uniquely qualified to stir us up. Eric Metaxas…

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John’s Invitation to Community

“Education doesn’t consist in telling people new things, it consists in extracting from their memories what they already knew.”  -Plato Today as we enter week two of Advent, it’s time to look through the lens of John the Baptist, and into the relationships in our lives. How are those relationships with family, friends, and colleagues? Are…

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Advent: The Spiritual Wake Up Call

Advent is the cure for spiritual Somnambulism.  Somnambulism is a phenomenon of combined sleep and wakefulness that leads to sleep walking.  While it normally refers to physical sleepwalking we can also spiritually sleepwalk, going through life with little or no attention to the voice of God.   Advent is that spiritual wake up call!  A four…

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Gospel Community Produces Humility

Pride is like a thick wall that keeps people at a distance. Pride says “I am better than you,” and it consequently prevents people from relating to one another in a way that builds community. Humility, on the other hand, creates space for people to move toward each other, and gestures of humble service toward…

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Gospel Community Produced Mission

Sunday is a good news day. Why? We are resurrection people! Every Sunday is Easter Sunday, proclaiming the depths of the love of Jesus. It’s also a good news day because Sunday we’re going to plunge into Luke 14 and find something that I guarantee will change the way you look at your neighbor, your…

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A Gospel Community Produces Integrity

Are you ever frustrated when you own words and actions don’t match your core beliefs? For instance, you know you need to forgive someone, but just can’t seem to muster the energy to do so. On this All Saints’ Sunday, we define a saint as both a forgiven and forgiving sinner, one who lives a…

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Surprised by Joy

How could a crusty English bachelor professor — known for his strident atheism and dry wit — end up entitling his autobiography “Surprised by Joy”? Incongruous at the very least. Right? But C. S. Lewis not only celebrated the joy of the Lord, he incorporated it into many of his writings. So, what does “joy”…

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Gospel Community Produces Hope

This is a Holy City Connects week and each group all around the lowcountry will be looking at the astounding statement that ‘True Gospel Community Produces Hope.’ 2 Kings 4 and Luke 9 reveal that God is the hope-giver. Studying these Scriptures together not only brings hope that comes from Jesus, but we will also…

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Saying “Grace”

Awkward! Have you ever experienced a moment of supreme discomfort when a friend or family member did something that made you cringe? Where you wanted to shrink into the woodwork? Imagine God himself being involved in something ‘cringeworthy.’ In our gospel reading, this is precisely what happens as Jesus tolerates ‘inappropriate’ attentions. Sunday we will…

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A Time for Talents

A Time for Talents How do we live in times of prolonged waiting, crisis, or uncertainty? Do we hunker down and wait out the storm? Do we live with reckless abandon? Or is there another way? In the last days of his earthly life, Jesus spoke directly to this question in his parable of the…

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Living in Totality: The Jubilee

Sermon on Sunday Photograph courtesy of Jack Alterman, published with permission. Living in Totality: The Jubilee You will always remember where you were and who you were with during the Solar Eclipse last Monday. It was simply totally spectacular! In fact, the word being repeated over and over since that event is totality. It refers to…

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Approval Addiction

In John Ortberg’s The Life You’ve Always Wanted, he speaks of people’s “bondage to what others think of them”. This “approval addiction” manifests itself in people’s desire to gain approval from others, regarding their appearance, opinions and personalities. It drives them to compare themselves to others, and compare their successes to those around them. These…

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When Siblings Collide

Sibling rivalry is as old as the hills. From Cain and Abel to the present, these domestic dynamics are often explosive and heartbreaking. Sunday we will look at the dysfunctional story of Jacob and Esau and find that even in the brokenness, the Lord is still working. Indeed, today He invites us to grapple honestly…

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Creature Or Creator

CREATURE OR CREATOR Thank you for making worship a non-negotiable in your life! It’s so easy in the summer to take a sabbath away from God, thankfully God never takes a sabbath away from us! So keep making worship as natural and consistent in your life as breathing, walking and eating. This leads us to…

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Does God Ask For To Much

The binding of Isaac is one of the most shocking passages of Scripture. For over three thousand years believers (and unbelievers) have wrestled fiercely with the text. Many have condemned it as primitive and barbaric, an ugly example of a near-patricide. Others have tried to find some silver lining in the Lord’s chilling words. Today…

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Living with an Anchor

It seems every day over the last 2 weeks there has been an international terror strike in one form or another. From the deadly attack in Manchester England, to the London Bridge, to the French Cathedral of Notre Dame. Yet how can we respond differently from the world? In Christianity we have what no other…

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Water, Fire and the Spirit

Sunday, Pentecost, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It is a day of spiritual fireworks and supernatural phenomena, a day of mighty winds and miraculous tongues. And yet, amidst all of the fireworks, it is also a day when, according to Jesus, the thirsty would be filled with living waters. This Sunday, discover…

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Graduation, Millenials, and the 360 Degree Leader

Sunday is another of those milestone days for many graduates across the lowcountry. The question always on my mind is, have we prepared our high school seniors “spiritually” as well as academically for the world they are about to face? This Sunday we will look at the unique generation we call the millennials through the…

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