She Wanted to Join Our Church but Nearly Ruined Dinner

She Wanted to Join Our Church but Nearly Ruined Dinner

I remember the day my wife, Nancy, came home, late afternoon, walked straight to the kitchen where I was cooking dinner, and said, “Well, I thought I’d heard it all, but I got a new one today!” “What’s that?” I said in a solicitous voice – as solicitous as one can be...

Who’s in Your Church? Members or Disciples?

The word “member” was, in its original biblical usage, a very healthy, organic term. It’s found 45 times in the New Testament, with only nine instances in the gospels. Paul uses “member” in his use of the body metaphor in 1 Corinthians...

3 Questions That Saved My Spiritual Life

I was nearly done, making me almost a “done” (previously very active church leaders who quit church in frustration). Between 2005 and 2006, our family experienced the perfect storm of trying circumstances. Chronic illness, extended family changes, my...

Cost of Discipleship

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. September 8, 2013. Luke 14:25-33 Most of us have heard of Dale Carnegie’s famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, written in 1936.  In that book, Carnegie offered pointers...