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!

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...

Parenting: The Orange Way

June 08, 2017 | Chris Payne

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Welcome Home or Keep Out

November 09, 2015 | Chris Payne

“No foreigner is to enter the barriers surrounding the sanctuary. He who is caught will have himself to blame for his death which will follow.” The temple of God in Jerusalem was su...

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

April 27, 2015 | Chris Payne

“God helps those who help themselves.”  75% of Americans agree with this statement. 68% of Evangelical Christians agree with this statement.  (George Barna, 2001)...

Not By Works

October 30, 2014 | Chris Payne

“Human history is the long and terrible story of man trying to find something other than God, which will make him happy.”  -C. S. Lewis The book of Galatians is written to a group...

No Other Gospel

October 21, 2014 | Chris Payne

In 1987, a little girl playing in the yard became the biggest news story of the year. People still remember Jessica McClure and what happened to her. Jessica was 18 months old, a baby. She walked...

Wilson is Not Enough

September 23, 2014 | Chris Payne

People need to Connect to others in Community. This is what we were created for. In fact, in the absence of true relational connection we will create community. This is the case for Tom Hanks in the...