“Take Your Shoes Off” was the talk given at the Men’s Power Hour Luncheon by Chris Carter this past Wednesday. Chris is the new associate pastor of congregational care at Christ Church, and will be specializing in developing the senior ministry.

Chris just moved with his wife Tanya and three boys to Memphis, and has found that both Christ Church and its city offer a rich hospitality that he has never experienced anywhere else.

And about the food he’s had since he’s been here, Chris said “WOW.” Not only has the church community provided the Carter family with some delicious meals, but they have also familiarized themselves with some of the local establishments, such as Central BBQ.

And, of course, Poplar Avenue. After his first journey on the quintessential Memphis thoroughfare, Chris admitted he now has a better understanding of Jesus’s words when he said “narrow is the way.”

So though his transition to Christ Church has been full of firsts, one thing that is not new to Chris is caring for people. One of his personal mottos as he has shared his time and attention with people in some of the most difficult times that life brings is “God cares about people, and so do I.”

Through a look at the biblical figures of Stephen and Moses, Chris demonstrated that our lives matter to God. Our purpose is not to merely survive another day, but to live in the light of the God who sees us, who hears us, who knows our condition, and is coming to deliver us. There may be times when it seems that God has shelved us, times when we don’t sense his presence and we aren’t sure we have a real role to play. In those times, Chris assures us, God is preparing us. He is more concerned with making us holy than making us happy.

Moses was walking on what he knew was only common ground. But an encounter with God made it sacred ground. And Moses was to remove his shoes because the very ground on which he stood was different because of the God he was meeting there.

Chris, as he took one of his shoes off and held it up, therefore concluded with this point: “I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live as if I’m walking only on common ground, but on sacred ground. Because we have a God who brings the sacred out of the common.”

Listen to Chris’s entire message in the Christ Church media library here.

The Men’s Power Hour Luncheon is offered every Wednesday in Seabrook Hall from 11:30-12:45. The meal is $5. For more information, contact Ashley Parks, ashleyp@cumcmemphis.org, 261-2153.


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