A ‘God Is Closer’ Soundtrack

Between the influence of John Ortberg’s book, the messages on Sunday and the discussion in our small group, I have been really blown away by the way God is showing me that He is, indeed, closer than I think! Apparently I’m not the only one; I’ve heard story after story of subtle changes, major paradigm shifts and stunning revelations from folks who are listening more closely than ever before for the voice of God.
In preparing for this series of …

A Ripe Harvest in Amelia!

Yesterday, I spoke at an informational meeting in Amelia about Amelia Community Church. We published a couple of advertisements in the Amelia paper and I was pleased with the folks who came. There were some influential pastors in the room – including pastors from Amelia churches, the pastor from Ironbridge Baptist, and the pastors from New Journey and Swift Creek Community churches.
When I spoke, I told the story of PCC and the unchurched folks we’re after. Then …

Update on the Building

There are a few critical meetings today and tomorrow. Today, Chauncey Starkey (PCC’s Church Administrator), Mel Brannan (the team leader for the Building Team), Lee Howard (our Builder) and I will meet to discuss the final proposal on the building, including costs. Then, at 7pm tonight, Lee will make his presentation to the entier Building Team. Tomorrow night, the Steering Team, Staff, Trustees and Finance Team will get the details on that proposal along with the details …

Giving Up Control

Yesterday’s message was about being with God throughout your day – in all the things we do and in all the roles we fill. And I made this comment based on our discussion of Luke 9:57-62 that Jesus desires our entire being…that you can’t compartmentalizing your life with Him or live in the past and in the present or pick and choose the parts of Christ you want and don’t want.
Well, I have been studying Paul’s letter to …

Share Your Story

The message today emphasized the importance of seeing God in your present circumstances – in the moment. We talked about John Ortberg’s concept of ‘Reviewing the Dailies’ and how we can train ourselves to see God if we will take the time to consider how we encountered Him each day. A sense of your own history helps develop an awareness that God truly is closer than you think.
So – what’s your story? What’s happened in your life recently …

Amelia Community Church

From our very first day, we have been committed to becoming a church planting church. We have felt that the model of the early church was to multiply communities and churches around the region and around the world. That has a nice sound to it, but what has God uniquely equipped us to do that perhaps would allow us to make a specific and tangible contribution to the church planting world? Well, it turns out that we …

Recommended Listening


I listen to music a lot. One of my primary means of expressing myself to God in worship is through music. At PCC, we strive to provide a variety of opportunities and styles for people to experience God on Sundays, and so I try to stay aware of as many different artists and songs as possible.
Often, folks will stop me in the hallway or email me and ask about a particular song or artist; sometimes, folks are just looking …

Recommended Reading

I read a lot. In fact, part of doing a good job for me means that I have to read. And I can’t just read books that I particularly enjoy or ones that I agree with or authors I like. I have to read various points of view, a variety of styles and genres. This helps me to see the world as it really is and not get boxed into one way of looking at …

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