Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

C. S. Lewis on Faith, Feelings, & a Chapter a Day

What’s the condition of your faith?  Is it strong and sound?  In his discussion of the different dimensions of faith in his classic, Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis says: “Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.  For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes.  I know that by experience.  Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing...

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That Church, This Church, My Church

There’s more that one way to refer to and relate to a church.  Consider the following perspectives. That church.  “Yes, I’ve heard about that church,” a person might say.  “I’ve heard that church has great ministries for children and students.  I’ve heard that church is really committed to missions.  I’ve heard that church has spirit-anointed musical worship and solid biblical teaching.” But have you ever been there?  Have you ever checked it out and...

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A Genuinely Personal Invitation

There’s unusual power in a personal invitation.  Have you ever considered why?  I’m certain that many factors can be at play, but here are three. First, a genuinely personal invitation is typically a significant affirmation of the person who is being invited.  A personal invitation says that you are not overlooked.  You are noticed and valued.  There is a desire for you to be included. Second, a genuinely personal invitation is usually accompanied by a significant investment...

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Celebrate the Resurrection!

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is what we are celebrating on Easter weekend at Ingleside. Our five-service worship schedule on April 15-16 will be as follows: Saturday, 6:00 p.m. in the Worship Center Sunday, 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel Sunday, 9:40 a.m. in the Worship Center Sunday, 11:00 a.m. in the Worship Center Sunday, 11:00 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Gym We’ll serve refreshments in the Gathering Area following the Saturday evening service and also throughout the...

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Join Me for the Q&A?

Join Me for the Q&A? Maybe somewhere along the way you were told that your honest doubts and questions could never be voiced – especially about matters of faith and especially at church. Well, if it ever was true before, it’s no longer the case at Ingleside. This past week about 150 folks participated in our first Q&A. So, again this Sunday, April 2, immediately after the close of our 11:00 a.m. services, I will host a 30 minute question & answer session in our...

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Doubts and Questions?

Maybe somewhere along the way you learned that your honest doubts and questions could never be voiced – especially about matters of faith and especially at church. Well, if it ever was true, it’s no longer the case at Ingleside. Beginning this Sunday, March 26, immediately after the close of our 11:00 a.m. services, I will host a 30-minute question & answer session in our Worship Center. If you join us, you will have an opportunity to ask me your questions about the sermon...

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30 Years and Counting!

It was on March 14, 1987 – 30 years ago this past Tuesday – that my wife, Beverly, and I said “I do.” We could not have known then that the Lord’s plan was to bring us to Macon and to Ingleside in 1989, or that two girls would be born and reared, and launched into life from here. But now, from a three-decades-in perspective, we see that in ways far too many to number the Lord has “dealt bountifully” with us (Psalm 13:6) and that “the lines” of our lives “have...

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Robust and Relevant

Merriam-Webster defines these two terms this way: robust – a: having or exhibiting strength or vigorous health; b: having or showing vigor, strength, or firmness; c:  strongly formed or constructed relevant – a: having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand; synonyms include words like: germane, pertinent, and applicable, the latter meaning “bringing a general rule or principle to bear upon a particular case” I have contemplated a question quite often...

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One A Day?

Where does your mind go when you hear “one a day”?  My thoughts go to vitamins. In fact, “one a day” is a registered trademark of Bayer Healthcare LLC under which they market a family of fifteen or so different multivitamin products.  Bayer first introduced the “one a day” line in 1940. The idea is simple and compelling.  Take one vitamin every day and it will improve your overall physical health and wellbeing. A Chapter a Day.  In a similar way, last year I began...

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Join me at “Big Wednesday”

On a typical Wednesday night, hundreds of people gather at Ingleside for the purpose of growing stronger and deeper in our relationship to Jesus Christ and one another. The gatherings are typically segmented by age, life stage, or purpose to allow us to focus God’s truth on the particular needs of each group or to sharpen our skills for serving. For example, just a few Wednesday nights ago (on February 1), 71 adults gathered in the Chapel for praise, prayer, and our verse-by-verse...

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