Meet Erik Kimrey

My name is Erik Kimrey and I was born here in Columbia, lived here my whole life, and I genuinely love this city. I walked the aisle at a Billy Graham crusade when I was 7 years old and have felt God present throughout my life, though I largely ignored him through my high school...
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Philemon: Paul and Mercy

This last installment of our series through Philemon will be on Paul. Our author finds himself caught between two brothers who are called to live in common unity but aren’t. They need to be reconciled. Paul identifies with both Onesimus and Philemon and gently persuades them to...
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Meet Michael Kapaldo

I grew up and lived most of my life in Washington, DC. I ultimately postured myself in repentance and faith on October 30, 2007, but that’s not where the Lord began working in my life. I was blessed and fortunate enough to grow up in a Christian home where I was taught the Gospel...
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Meet Landon Jones

Born in Delaware in 1982, I moved around the US until age 10, where I then grew up in North Augusta, SC. I grew up in a Christian family and the Southern Baptist Church. Like any typical Southern religious kid, I knew at an early age (7) that I was not what I should be before God...
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Philemon: Philemon and Sacrifice

We all want community but nobody wants to sacrifice. There is no doubting our intrinsic human need to be connected to other humans in meaningful ways. This is how God made us. But it seems that in a time where we can be more connected than we ever have before, our desire for...
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Meet Joshua Tarbutton

I grew up in Lawrenceville Georgia in a large family that loved the Lord. I came to faith in God as a child but it wasn’t until I was 19 that I realized that my relationship with God is not a performance. This marked a new era of relating to God as He began to show me that my...
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Philemon: Common Unity

The letter to Philemon is an interesting book in our Bible. It’s very short and doesn’t contain a lot of theological language. What Philemon offers is a peak into the lives of Christians living in relationship to each other: where ideas meet action in community. The...
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Meet Tony Bell

I was born into an English family that spent most of its existence outside of the UK (my father was in the British diplomatic service—the equivalent of the State Department). Much of my upbringing was in France, followed by boarding school in England. It was at college in England...
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Introducing Our Elder Candidates

As we read through the writings of the New Testament, which embody the traditions of Christ and His apostles, we find two important facts about the early church – the church that Jesus built. First, we find that Jesus’ church had a plurality or team of leaders...
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Southern Religion – Part 2

If you read Mark 4:35-5:20 closely, you’ll see a Jesus who was especially frightening. Though his supernatural power saves them on the violent Sea of Galilee, the disciples are not comforted but “filled with great fear” (4:41). Jesus is more frightening than the life-threatening...
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