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How Great is Our God

by Ron Tippens J.B. Phillips – the great N.T. Scholar stated it powerfully to many in the Church of his era… “YOUR GOD IS TOO SMALL!” I find myself so often just in that place: making God over in my own image. God however cannot be put in a box. God is always greater than our language […]

Test the Spirits

by Aaron Moore

What would it be like if all we ever got were compliments? You’re such a great dad! Wow, your contributions at work are outstanding! You sure can cook a mean mac and cheese! What would it be like if everyone simply loved each other and looked after one another’s best interest? This would be a […]

A ‘Sent’ and A ‘Scent’ People

by Ron Tippens

Our church truly wants to reach new people – to share the Good News with them and to welcome them into the fellowship of the church. We truly want to attract unbelievers – to be attractive as a church to them. How do we do that? Is it develop programs, services and events? These things […]

Little Children

by Aaron Moore

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; […]

Don’t Be Afraid

by Aaron Moore

Do not be afraid! I haven’t counted, but my sources tell me that the Bible gives us this imperative no less than 365 times. That’s one, “do not be afraid”, for every waking morning. Before the election I wrote a blog entitled “God’s Got This”. I was focusing on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, but also […]

Stop Bullying!

by Ron Tippens

He is my great nephew. He is bright, athletic and gifted. He recently graduated with high distinction from Chapel Hill and plans to enroll at Columbia Medical School in New York. He is gay. He is a Christian. During his senior year in high school he was bullied by his “church” in a criminal manner. […]

…And this will be a sign for you

by Aaron Moore

“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12 Have you ever asked for a sign? “God, if this is from you, let the next song on the radio be Christmas Shoes!” God can do better than that. If you’re […]

Go Tell It On The Mountain!

by Ron Tippens

  She sang it with all of her heart – four year old Christabelle – at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church’s Weekday School Christmas program… Go, Tell It On the Mountain That Jesus Christ Is Born! With sheer joy she sang it and I am so thankful for the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church loving the Gospel […]

O Magnum Mysterium

by Ron Tippens O Magnum Mysterium O great mystery And wonderful sacrament, That animals should see The new born Lord Lying in a manger! O blessed is The Virgin, Whose womb bore Christ the Lord. Alleluia!   As Luke tells the story of the nativity, he shows contrast between the worldly power of Caesar and the apparent […]

Romanticizing Expectations

by Aaron Moore

When I was in college I had the opportunity to take a job where I could really give back to the community. It was a job where I could put my faith into real action, serving, loving, reaching, and inspiring children who were at-risk and needy. I signed on with the Boys and Girls Club […]