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Brian Spahr
Indian Trail, NC
I am a husband, a dad, a pastor, and a church planter.
Interests: music, my family, jesus, church planting, leadership, the church
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We started a new series last week at graceway on the Kingdom of God. I think that is absolutely one of the most important things that we can talk about as a church community. Join us on Sunday at 10AM... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
I haven't been writing a lot lately. Took an unplanned summer break, but it was one that I think I needed. This morning in my prayer time, however, I felt compelled to write. So here goes: Mark 13:1-13 1 As... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
Thanks for taking a few minutes to look over this weekly update from Graceway Church. There is updated information each week to help you stay informed. For up-to-the-minute information and announcements please visit our website at www.gracewaycharlotte.com. You can also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
Several years ago I helped lead a youth ministry that had a simple axiom. In all that we did we simply tried to, "Keep the main thing the main thing." The "main thing", of course, was Jesus. That was how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
MARK 2:23-3:6 If it is helpful try using T.R.I.P as you read scripture. Is there anything in this passage you are [T]hankful for? Does itreveal anything that you [R]egret or need to confess? How should you[I]ntercede or what should ou... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
How is it going so far? It has been fun to read your thoughts on facebook. Let's keep it up and keep the conversation going! If it is helpful try using T.R.I.P as you read scripture. -Is there anything in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
via mikebreen.wordpress.com As a parent and a pastor I found great inspiration in this blog by one of my mentors Mike Breen. Worthy of a read whether talking about biological or spiritual children. Posted via web from Pastor Brian Spahr Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
The graceway community is reading short passages from Mark each day for the next two weeks. If it is helpful, try using the T.R.I.P. method for reading scripture. T.R.I.P Is there anything in this passage you are [T]hankful for? Does... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
Graceway 2 Week Bible Reading Challenge Day 2: Mark 1:14-28 T.R.I.P - Is there anything in this passage you are [T]hankful for? - Does it reveal anything that you [R]egret or need to confess? - How should you [I]ntercede or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
I was raised and educated in church traditions (Episcopalian and Lutheran) that, in general, pay minimal (or only a certain kind of) attention to the Holy Spirit. I mean, the Spirit is not ignored in our theology, but typically in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
Acts 3:1-4 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
Now comes the first follower with a crucial role: he publicly shows everyone how to follow. Notice the leader embraces him as an equal, so it's not about the leader anymore - it's about them, plural. Notice he's calling to... Continue reading
Reblogged May 20, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
PSALM 119 (MSG) 129 Every word you give me is a miracle word— how could I help but obey? 130 Break open your words, let the light shine out, let ordinary people see the meaning. 131 Mouth open and panting,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
imago Dei is a Latin term meaning "image" or "imprint" of God. It's one of the weird things we often do as the church. We coin or adopt fancy phrases in dead languages to describe something that makes every bit... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
In Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, John Maxwell introduces the reader to five principles and five practices of connecting as we communicate. He links the ability to create change in an organization to the ability to the application of these principles... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
Always wanted to volunteer but didn't know how? Here are a few easy and accessible volunteer ideas to get you started. If there is a 7 Day chapter near you, check out what they have going on as well. Don't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
For the last several days I, along with two other guys, have been away at a learning community/planning retreat. We have done a LOT of learning and processing and work in developing a six-month plan focused building a discipling culture... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
Monday through Thursday of this week I (along with two members of our team) are in Pawleys Island, SC participating in a "Learning Community" with 3dMinistries. 3d is an organization committed to helping churches explore and respond to some of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
This prayer is from the opening prayer for Monday in Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter (The prayer book I am currently using... see my previous post) In the silence of the morning I am alive to the new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
Yesterday I shared that I am seeking to become not just a person who prays... but rather a person of prayer. One of the ways I am pursuing this has been through "fixed hour prayer" (morning and evening... although at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
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At graceway (our Church community) we are preparing to start a new teaching series on prayer. As I have been studying and preparing to teach this series I have come to the stark realization that for most of my life... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
The End of the Emergent Movement? Adam Smith 151Share --> A look back at the controversial movement's history—and forward to its uncertain future. After nearly two decades of the emergent dialogue, it seems to draw no less criticism. The movement... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
We are preparing for a new teaching series with the graceway community that will focus on prayer. In doing so, I have been spending significant time studying the Lord's Prayer. I figure if we want to begin a conversation about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
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BOOK GIVEAWAY OK... first things first. I have an extra unread copy of Donald Miller's latest book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life that I would love to give away to someone... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud
I would love to discuss this concept with folks. Read this article as a primer and let's talk. http://bit.ly/MidSizedGroups Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Thinking Out Loud