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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!

Waiting on the World to Change: Advent 2018

November 25, 2018 | New Charlotte Church/Church at Charlotte

Join New Charlotte and Church at Charlotte as we celebrate together this Advent season. Take some time with your family, friends, or community group each week to read the scriptures, share t...

September Blending Update

September 27, 2018 | Chris Payne

This week, I wanted to take a moment to share a video update on the status of our blending process. Click below to watch. Thank you for praying and journeying with us as we lay down our individua...

Warm Is The New Cool

July 10, 2018 | Catherine Knuckles

When I heard Josh’s sermon on Sunday, Warm is the New Cool, about how a warm church should include young people “like a family,” it made me think of my own experience when I was 24....

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

April 24, 2018 | Jennifer Rehrig

Girls just wanna have fun! I remember turning the radio up in my parents’ station wagon and singing along with Cyndi Lauper at the top of my lungs. (I’m probably dating myself here!) My...

Lessons from an Air Force Chaplain

April 17, 2018 | Chris Payne

I wanted follow-up on my recent post about my experiences as an Air Force Chaplain. If you haven't read it, please take a minute to read it here. Previously I discussed why I decided to pursu...

These Are My Girls

April 03, 2018 | Catherine Knuckles

These are my girls. Their picture hangs in my office. I don’t know their names, but in 2013 they stole my heart. You can see the joy in their faces. They are showing off their books from a bo...

Becoming An Air Force Chaplain

March 12, 2018 | Chris Payne

When I was 21, I graduated from college on a Friday and moved back to Charlotte to start work at a local church on the following Monday. Since then, I have worked in several different capacities withi...

On The Island

February 14, 2018 | Nicole Taylor

I love the islands. I affectionately call the Bahamas my homeland (which is somewhat true since my mom’s side of the family is from there). Recently, my family landed on a different kind of isla...

Daily Truth Confessions

January 29, 2018 | Chris Payne

Jesus answered every temptation with truth.  It is God’s truth, not our trying, that causes the enemy to flee.  What if we began to daily confess what is true about ourselves, be...

The Christian's Guide To Online Church

January 23, 2018 | Mitch Pons

Rev. Billy Graham recently published a piece sharing his thoughts on watching or listening to sermons instead of attending church in person. I found this quote to be particularly interesting: &ld...

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...