NESTING

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NESTING

"... our church home is one of the places we can go to connect with others on our shared faith journeys, place where we can rest in God’s word and experience His love and unending grace."

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FOR THE BIRDS

FOR THE BIRDS

"Like the Apostles who, after Jesus’ teachings, went out to share God’s love throughout the known world, we have many opportunities to “spread our wings” and serve within the life of "Assurance.

FEEL THE LOVE

FEEL THE LOVE

"I wanted to write this blog as a “Thank You!” for the love you have shown Susannah and me as we continue in this transition as Co-Pastors..."

What Makes You Happy?

What Makes You Happy?

"...As we think about happiness and what makes us happy, we are invited to turn inward and to also think about our relationship with God..."

Still Laughing

Still Laughing

...I don’t know about you, but it feels like we need to laugh a little more as a people. The world can be a crazy and chaotic place...

Warm Room In The Inn

Warm Room In The Inn

These last couple months have been my first ever experiences with the Room In The Inn ministry. I have been blown away by the commitment and devotion of the volunteers. 

NEW YEAR’S LAUGHTER!

NEW YEAR’S LAUGHTER!

Laughter is the best medicine.

I’m sure you’ve heard that statement before. The reality behind that statement is that life can be hard. Life is unpredictable and at times overwhelming. However" ...

Why Immanuel Matters

For as long as humanity has been around, we have been trying to reach heaven. So much so that in Genesis people tried to build a literal tower "with its top in the heavens."  But the Christmas story offers a refreshing alternative: rather than us needing to build a tower to get to God, he came to us.

Home is Calling

Home is Calling

Several years ago a commercial caught my attention. As I share the details here, I want to encourage you to see yourself somewhere in the advertisement. The scene opens with a women standing in the rain, with an umbrella in one hand, and with the other flagging down a cab. She closes her eyes, sniffs the air and gently clicks her heals together three times...

Love and Contentiousness and Unity

Love and Contentiousness and Unity

Every four years, during our General Election cycle, I hear the same word: Contentious. As in, “this was a very contentious election,” or “there is a very contentious electorate this year.” I hear it every four years no matter the candidates, and I often wonder if we use this word in an exaggerative manner for television and radio ratings...

THE PITTMAN PASTORS

THE PITTMAN PASTORS

As announced on Sunday during worship and through email/social media, my wife, Susannah, will be joining the Assurance staff beginning in January. Words cannot express how excited we are as a family and as pastors. We are both truly blessed to be appointed by the Bishop to such a wonderful church...

Love Your Neighbor

Love Your Neighbor

It was a humbling experience to the say the least. It wasn’t my first rodeo, as they say. I traveled to India in 2012 and again in 2014. This most recent trip, however, was different ... I was different. 

The Violence of Love

The Violence of Love

"... Like many of you, I watched the scenes of chaos and division on my TV screen last night. As I saw the images coming more and more, my heart started breaking over the city I call home. I love Charlotte and the greater Charlotte region. ..."

The Consigning-Kingdom

The Consigning-Kingdom

One of the first things I was told about when I arrived at Assurance was the Autumn and Spring Consignment Sales. So many people said something like, “just wait…you won’t believe it.” They were correct. It is only Wednesday as I write this. . . 

I Remember

I Remember

I remember like it was yesterday. I know that is a cliché of sorts, but it is a true statement. I remember that moment like it was yesterday. ...

Where Are All The Crazies?

Where Are All The Crazies?

I wanted to share a recent experience with you. Last week, I had the opportunity to go to Savannah, Georgia with two of my favorite people. We had three really fun days away. ...

The honeymoon is over…and that is a good thing!

The honeymoon is over…and that is a good thing!

The phrase “the honeymoon is over” is usually associated with the negative realities of what comes next. However, I don’t believe it has to be or should be that way. In fact, I think it is the exact opposite! ...

Hope

Hope

This past Sunday, my sermon was on the idea that Positivity is not naïve. At the core of my message was the idea that God’s promises are bigger than our problems. The longer way of saying this is that positive living is not naïve; it is instead a reflection of the deeper reality of hope. But what is our hope? ...

Positively Positive

Positively Positive

“Wow!”

That is my honest reaction to my first Sunday with all of you. I want to thank everybody for your kindness and welcoming spirit. ...

Endless Summer

Endless Summer

What comes to mind when you think about the summer? Aside from the 90+ degree temperatures, summer can be a time filled with cookouts, trips to the pool, vacations, mission trips, camps, and spending extra time outside as the sun stays out later. . .