Author: Pastor Mark Toone

Don’t unfriend me!

Word meanings change. A “tool” used to be a shovel or a hammer. Now it means an unintelligent person who doesn’t know he’s being taken advantage of. “Thongs?” That was what we used to call “flip flops.” Now, I would raise an eyebrow if I told someone I wanted to “slip on my thongs.”  Some […]

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Launching a new disciple-maker

Could you recite our mission statement? You hear it nearly every week if you worship with us. “Chapel Hill Church exists to Exalt Jesus, Elevate Others and Launch Disciple-makers.”  All three verbs – Exalt, Elevate and Launch – have an “upward” trajectory, an homage to our name, Chapel Hill. (And believe me, if we could have […]

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Getting back to normal…

Most of you are probably already aware of the incredible staff that works so hard, often in the shadows, to care for, protect and serve the members and friends of this congregation. I’m sure that you have taken the time, as I often do, to thank those team members for their diligent and faithful service […]

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Celebrating the moms in our lives

Her name was Gwen. Gwen Bradley. She was born in England but immigrated to the U.S. when she was five. When it came time for university, she opted to go to England to train to be a nanny for royalty at the prestigious Nordland Institute, the first American student to attend there. Upon receiving her […]

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How much are you worth?

Cyndi and I just returned from a vacation in Arizona. One of the highlights was our visit to the Grand Canyon. We often use the term “breathtaking”…sometimes too lightly. But this is one of those moments when, literally, it took my breath away. So beautiful, so massive, so impossible to describe with words. Even pictures […]

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A weekend to celebrate!

Wow! What an Easter! When we processed down the center aisle for the first service and I saw a room full of people gathered eagerly for the 8:30 celebration, a wave of gratitude and emotion swept over me! Particularly to see so many of my older friends back after more than a year, vaccinated, feeling […]

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“He is risen!”

I wish one of Jesus’ 11 remaining disciples had gone to his tomb on that first Easter morning. Just one! Alas, it seems that all of them were hunkered down in homes, hiding from the authorities who had arrested and killed their rabbi, Jesus. The honor of discovering the empty tomb went to those faithful, […]

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Lift a glass to him

“For the City.” That is a theme we have pounded on for the last couple years here at Chapel Hill. In our lobby you will find a map covered with stickers representing ways our members have reached out to love, serve, and better their neighborhood and their community. The prophet Jeremiah once wrote, “Seek the […]

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