Chris' Blog

My hope is that you’ll find this blog to be a resource for study, inspiration for sharing the Gospel with our city and encouragement for living in constant communion with God. From my thoughts that didn't make the sermon to teachings and notes that will help you in your study, I hope you’ll visit the blog often for additional thoughts and insights. You’ll also find my observations and learnings about fathering, pastoring and life. Thanks for joining me here!

Starting Can Be Hard

January 02, 2018 | JJ Getz

Don’t get me wrong, starting the coffee in the morning isn’t hard. That one comes easy. But other beginnings can be more of a challenge. New job? Rarely is it as simple as placing a...

Why I Changed My Mind About Christmas Eve

December 13, 2017 | Josh Greer

Growing up, my family didn’t go to church on Christmas Eve. If our church had held services, my family of seven would likely have filled our designated pew. But maybe not. I’m sure other c...

Why I didn't take home the Advent Card

November 28, 2017 | Emily Espinosa

If you’re anything like me, you constantly feel pressure to conform to the systems, routines and techniques that social media stars, neighbors, and TV shows suggest to us daily. If your children...

6 simple truths I’ve learned in the past 6 weeks

November 22, 2017 | Chris Payne

Over the past month and a half, we’ve been on an amazing journey through the book of Colossians. I’ve been amazed at the amount of truth contained in this very short letter. Here are 6...

#MeToo: We See You

October 19, 2017 | Jen Payne

A few years ago, my son, Jackson, sat on the floor in front of me. His pudgy, sticky, two-year-old hands covered his eyes as he exclaimed, “You tan't see me mama! Come and find me!” Th...

Stop Wasting Your Life

October 17, 2017 | Ron Dasher

One of my biggest fears in life is coming to the end and realizing that I‘d wasted it. I could just see myself as an old man sitting in a rocking chair somewhere and thinking back across...

My Stomach Turned: A Las Vegas Response

October 04, 2017 | Chris Payne

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its wate...

Carpool Karaoke

September 26, 2017 | J Nicholson

Henry Ford probably never imagined his creation, the Model T automobile, as the world’s best sound studio. But that’s exactly what it’s become for those of us fortunate enough to liv...

New Charlotte Church: 7 Years In

September 12, 2017 | Chris Payne

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” -II Corinthians 5:17 I can remember reading this passage of Scripture fo...

Faith and Freedom

July 03, 2017 | Chris Payne

Hey New Charlotte! I wanted to share a few thoughts from Sunday's conversation with First Lieutenant Josh Marano of the US Marine Corps. You can watch the whole conversation on our podcast page...