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Faith: Building Strength

01/03/2017 ● By Jennifer Gonzalez

Our gym is a free fitness-based Christian ministry based out of our home and garage in Fayetteville.

Faith: Small Things with Great Love

11/09/2016 ● By Jennifer Gonzalez

The holidays can be especially stressful, whether a soldier is at home or deployed. I hear it almost every day: “Father/Chaplain, what do I do?”

The Deepest Hunger

10/04/2016 ● By Jennifer Gonzalez

At Operation Inasmuch we offer the sustaining meal that Mama said was most important…breakfast.

God Gave Us Wine

10/01/2013 ● By Ashlee Cleveland

Wine was meant for us to share communion with God and with each other. What a gift!

Feasting that Honors God

09/03/2013 ● By Ashlee Cleveland

Feasting is an essential activity for the spiritual life. From its beginning, the church set aside Sunday as a feast day.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

04/02/2013 ● By Anonymous

Fayetteville’s church bells resonate with meaning and history By Bryan Mims The notes come drifting in from somewhere on high, over treetops and rooftops and car tops, ringing in my ears as my feet hit the parking lot. They are old and familiar notes, notes that have graced the pages of hymnals for more than two centuries.

Heaven
 is not
 the goal of faith

06/27/2012 ● By Anonymous

Christianity offers benefits in living for today. ts in living for today. There is a fundamental mistake many Christians in our culture make: we think that the primary goal of our faith is to go to heaven when we die. The unfortunate consequence of this belief is that Christianity becomes a faith for tomorrow, not today. The benefits of being a Christian are delayed until after our time in this world is over. So, churches are just holding tanks for people who are waiting to croak so things can get better. The goal of this life is simply to endure, not to flourish.

Get Out of The Shallow End

03/31/2011 ● By Anonymous

By The Rev. Dan Alger

A Challenge From Me to You | By The Rev. Dan Alger

02/11/2010 ● By Anonymous

So, I’m on Facebook like every other living soul in America (except those who still listen to eight-track tapes and call it “The Facebooks”). I have friends from grade school to grad school, work, church, family, etc. They span different countries, states, world views, political alignments and sexual orientation; each like their steak done a little differently. In this cultural milieu it is interesting to me as a Christian and a pastor to hear people’s perspectives on who Christians are and what Christianity is all about. But I have to admit, most of the comments I see aren’t positive. One example of a friend’s Facebook status: “The only thing worse than riding a crowded city bus is having to do so sitting next to a Christian.” Or this one: “Does ‘Christian’ come from the Latin word for ‘fake’?” And one more: “I thought that Christianity is about peace. Then why do I feel like punching Christians in the mouth sometimes?” It seems that Christians have an image problem. Is it deserved? Yep, sometimes it is. There are some Christians I wouldn’t mind punching in the mouth myself. Some of us can be pretty dang annoying on top of being hypocritical. Others have been hurt by the church in terrible ways when Christianity is used to justify violence, hatred, bigotry, abuse and theft. However, just as it is unacceptable to draw conclusions about an entire race based on the actions of a few, we shouldn’t make sweeping generalizations about Christians either. I am tired of getting painted with a brush that has been dipped in someone else’s paint. While the poor image is often deserved, other times it’s a rehash of someone else’s words; the speaker is simply regurgitating someone else’s thoughts without thinking it through themselves. Don’t allow others to think for you, it doesn’t make you intelligent or cutting edge, it just makes people roll their eyes. I also think some people speak out of ignorance, and I don’t mean that as a putdown. They reach conclusions based on a false view of Christianity. They truly don’t know who and what a Christian is supposed to be. And here’s where I think a mature conversation might make a real difference. Wherever you are, I want to hear from you, Christians and non-Christians. Give me the definition of a Christian and your point of view, just follow a few rules. Don’t gush or rant. Give me concrete examples. Tell me your experiences. Ask questions if you’d like. Give me a feel for what is in your head and heart. I promise to listen and hear. We have something to learn from each other, let’s get started. The Rev. Dan Alger is pastor of The Church of the Apostles in Gray’s Creek. Start a conversation with him on his new blog at www.CityViewNC.com.

Offended for Good Reason | By The Rev. Dan Alger

02/01/2010 ● By Anonymous

I have been encouraged by the number of your e-mails that I’ve had the privilege of receiving. Most have been encouraging and inquisitive, some quite flattering. One even asked if I was single (cool down ladies, I’m already married to the most beautiful woman in the world). There are those few, however, who write in disapproval of what I have to say. I’m perfectly fine with criticism – in fact, I encourage it because it means people are thinking. The interesting thing that I’ve found with these disapproving emails, however,  is that the majority of those who take offense with what I have to say disagree less with my message and more with how I say it. Some even make the claim that I sound angry. So I thought I would talk about tone and why I say what I do in the way that I say it. Christianity has a bad name in America and the rest of the Western world. Christians like me are seen as shallow, hypocritical, irrelevant, unthinking and useless. I think this criticism is, unfortunately, oftentimes well deserved. Faith and church have become aspects of our culture that are more habit than passion. Many Christians don’t know the basics of their own faith, don’t live out what they say they believe and live life skimming across the surface rather than breathing deeply and plunging the depths of mystery and divinity. Being a Christian has become more about being proper than about knowing and following a living God. And because of this, complacency has crept into the church. I believe in a God who is alive, a Savior who loved me enough to be brutally murdered in my place, and a church that is supposed to be a place of hope, authenticity and healing. If you want to talk about being offended, I am offended when Christians give my God a bad name through their actions and attitudes. I am offended that the church has turned into a country club rather that a vibrant place of truth and community. I am offended that people think so little of God that they believe giving him an hour on a Sunday every couple of weeks pacifies him. I am offended that so many Christians are shallow and spend more time with their Giga Pets than with the creator of the universe. And I am really offended that I’m not supposed to be offended by all of this. If you insult my wife I am going to punch you in the jaw (if you think it would be different because I’m a pastor, you don’t know this pastor). Most people would applaud my actions and even look down on me if I did not react with such passion in defense of my bride. Why is it different with my God?  I’m angry at the state of the church and with what Christianity has become. The sad part is that this is due largely to the fact that many people who call themselves Christians aren’t really insulted by the things that insult their God. I think that my God deserves better. So, yes, I’m angry sometimes. No, I’m not always kind. And sometimes, I don’t whistle with bluebirds on my shoulder. I think Christians need to wake up and find their passion. I think we need to fall so deeply in love with our God that it makes a difference in our lives. My tone is at times biting and pointed because I’m passionate about the God that I love and the church I serve, and I hope that I can shake things up in order to bring about change. If that offends you, I’m sure the feeling is mutual. Keep the e-mails coming. The Rev. Dan Alger is the pastor of The Church of the Apostles and can be reached at dan@tcota.org.