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(And no, I’m not referring to Bob’s sweatshirt. You know how I feel about that.)

Moving on. Yes, it’s me and Bob Dumas of G105.1’s “Bob and the Showgram.” We’re teaming up to produce a weekly podcast for the Triangle area, and you’re going to want to check it out.

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Remember how summer break—that fantastic get-out-of-jail-free card of childhood—usually came with one caveat? When you returned to school you often had to turn in a report titled “What I Did on my Summer Vacation.”

Pretty ingenious when you think about it. In one stroke it would reign in the energy and excitement of summer while simultaneously making sure you hadn’t become completely illiterate over the long vacation break. Continue Reading…

PIC mike pewI’m a pastor, a man of God. Therefore, I shouldn’t ever be depressed, right?

After all, I have a beautiful and supportive wife, two successfully grown sons with wives of their own, grandchildren I adore, friends I don’t deserve, and a thriving congregation of 8,000+ attendees spread out over three campuses. And I have God.

Life is good. Usually.

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The Great Adventure

March 19, 2013 — 21 Comments
Have you ever been or wanted to go on a grand adventure? The kind that tests your mettle and both exhilarates and terrifies you at the same time? Ever thought about jumping off a tall structure while connected to nothing more than a large elastic cord and having to trust the cord will hold no matter what? Ever wanted to just feel alive because you were literally and truthfully living in that terrifying and exhilarating moment? Continue Reading…

Talk Less; Do More

February 14, 2013 — 15 Comments
I don’t ever want to be that person again. The one who says, “Let me know if there’s anything I can do.” I used to say that. I used to really mean it. I just didn’t know how useless it was until my wife’s father passed away and we were the ones in need. So let me share a couple of lessons I learned from the passing of Laura’s father. Continue Reading…

Because It’s A Big Deal

February 4, 2013 — 2 Comments
If you were at church this weekend you know we wrapped up our “Come Together” series while kicking off our newer, stronger small group communities at Hope. It was a pretty big deal. And if you were at church this weekend, you know we’re encouraging folks like never before to be in more structured community with one another to better live out Galatians 6:2, Hebrews 10:24, Proverbs 13:20 and a host of other relational biblical mandates. Continue Reading…

Happy You-Are-Blessed Day

November 22, 2012 — 1 Comment
I love Thanksgiving and I’ve got a couple of reasons why. If you’ve got a few minutes this Thanksgiving day (maybe after your jumbo meal but before the nap that proceeds it), let’s chat. Here’s why I love Thanksgiving. Continue Reading…

Leaving a Legacy

November 15, 2012 — 2 Comments
I gave out a bold challenge in church last weekend because sometimes I’m crazy like that. Mostly, I’m just trying to be spirit-led like that. The challenge? For our people to raise $500,000 for our Christmas offering this year. Here’s why. Continue Reading…

Is God A Republican?

November 6, 2012
If you’ve ever been to my office, you know one of my most prized possessions is my Coach K autographed basketball. I’ve been a Duke fan all my life and of course, being a diehard Duke fan all my life, I just assumed God was a Duke fan too. No, really. I’m sure He is. Continue Reading…
You know the things I don’t get to talk much about during the weekend services? The questions you ask, the topics you want me to weigh in on, the leadership and other themes you want to chat about? It’s tough to get to all that in a one-hour church service each weekend. (Well, five services each weekend, but who’s counting?) And let’s be honest, that’s not often the best venue for some of those discussions. Continue Reading…