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What's Your Story?

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

For 25 years of ministry, I have mostly depended upon my work, my research, my reading, my stories to craft my weekly sermons. For our just-completed Encounters series, however, I invited you to share your stories with me… and with your whole church family. Stories of loss, fear, doubt...

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Is It Christian to Have Fun?

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

I played golf the other day with two strangers.  At the end of the round, the woman said, “I’m surprised to hear you are a pastor--(Uh oh)--you were too fun!” (Whew!)  That’s not a very strong affirmation of people in my profession, is it?  But my guess is...

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The Lion, the Witch and What Might-Have-Been

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

Do you remember who died on November 22, 1963, six days following the founding of Chapel Hill Church? Yes, JFK. But early in that same day, C.S. Lewis collapsed and died in the bedroom of his home, “The Kilns” in Oxford, England. At that moment, President Kennedy’s motorcade...

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Tags: cs lewis, vision, jfk

Does God hear our prayer?

Posted by Pastor Megan Hackman on

I was frustrated with Larry’s idea of God’s provision when we were newlyweds. He believed that God could provide through unexpected checks in the mail and prayed accordingly. I was more like, “It’s time to take on a second job,” not sit around and pray. God would...

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Tags: prayer, provision, answers

Do You Have An Opinion?

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

Many of you don’t remember this far back. You are new to our church. But seven years ago or so, Chapel Hill went through a mid-life crisis. We had been growing in every way that impresses—worship numbers, membership numbers, financial numbers—but we suddenly discovered that we...

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Tags: membership, strategic plan, survey

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