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Author Matt Sapp

Matt Sapp is pastor of Central Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia.

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary a few weeks ago by attending a performance of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. The experience reminded me of a few things that might be applied to the church. Here are three. 1. When insight into human nature is combined with humor, the […] Read More

On April 9, 1945, after spending two years in a concentration camp, Lutheran pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was executed by the Nazis. Bonhoeffer was imprisoned for being involved in a plot to kill Adolf Hitler and couched his resistance to the Nazis as an act of faith, refusing several times to leave Germany to […] Read More

Research suggests that trust in the church is rapidly declining, and that millennials – roughly those in their 20s and early 30s – have trouble connecting to church today. They don’t feel free to ask real questions and express real doubt in our faith communities, and they don’t bring the same familiarity with the Bible […] Read More

When Jesus went to the wedding at Cana (see John 2), he was not the Messiah. He was not a miracle worker or healer. He was not a teacher. He was not a spiritual leader. He was not the Son of God. No one had ever called him “King of kings” or “Lord of lords.” […] Read More

When was the last time you astonished someone with your courage? Or astonished anyone with anything, for that matter? When was the last time you let yourself be astonished by someone else? People these days can be tough to impress, much less astonish. We like to think of ourselves as nearly unflappable. It’s fashionable to […] Read More

Last Sunday in worship, I mentioned the parable of the lost sheep found in Luke 15:1-7. This is the story where the shepherd leaves the 99 sheep to go find the one that strayed. I commented that this is what God is like – a seeker after lost things. On Monday, I came across a […] Read More

Last week, the Huffington Post published an article about the Harvard Grant Study. The study followed a group of people over 75 years in an effort to discover what is most likely to make us happy and fulfilled. What might sound groundbreaking to some people ought to sound familiar to Christians. If they had just asked […] Read More