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!

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

2016 :: A Year In Review

January 25, 2017 | Chris Payne

Thank you for being  a part of New Charlotte Church. We love partnering with you to bring the new life of Christ to the City.

But God [Ephesians 2:1-10]

November 03, 2015 | Chris Payne

Reading the first few verses of Ephesians 2 is like being punched in the face. In fact, the first 3 verses read like a modern day rap sheet. It’s bad. Really bad. Ephesians 2:1-3: ...

Giving the New Life of Jesus to the City

September 16, 2014 | Chris Payne

This week we started a teaching series entitled, Connect@NewCLT. The series is all about taking steps to better connect with  New Charlotte Church. Vision, Community, Giving, and Inviting...

The Ethiopian and Us

July 15, 2014 | Chris Payne

We have a lot in common with an Ethiopian Eunuch. That seems strange to say, but its true. We’re briefly introduced to the this man in Acts Chapter 8. We don’t know a lot about him, but...

City Changers

May 20, 2014 | Chris Payne

Last week I had the privilege to speak at the City Changers conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Our friends and partner church, Doxa Deo, were once again hospitable and generous hosts. Th...

City Changers

February 25, 2014 | Chris Payne

This weekend, at New Charlotte Church, we started a series entitled City Changers.  A City Changer is someone who “Gives the new life of Jesus to the City.”  We don&rs...

What if Our Greatest Commitment Was to the Greatest Commandment?

February 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Maxon

When I was in high school I once used up all of my babysitting money to buy an entire volume of books that took you through the Bible – Genesis to Revelation. I was a dorky respon...