Pastor’s Perspective 09-15-2020

Back in the late 1980s, British artist Ben Maile painted a limited edition print for a new West Point art series entitled, “The Long Gray Line.” It is a depiction of West Point graduates through the generations marching in a parade. It has since become one of the most sought after military prints ever published. […]

Pastor’s Perspective 09-08-2020

If you know me at all, you know I am a huge fan of Max Lucado and his ministry. Especially his many books. I haven’t read a single one that hasn’t blessed and encouraged me. His writing style is unique. Personal. Relevant. Simple, yet profound. Saturated with God’s truth and grace. Imagine my joy when […]

Pastor’s Perspective 09-01-2020

First, let me say thank you for all the notes, emails and phone calls I have received this past week. It is hard to believe it has been 25 years since I first moved to Fayetteville. One of the most wonderful parts of having served here first as Youth Minister and staying for 25 years […]

Pastor’s Perspective 08-25-2020

In 1995, Toy Story (1) was released along with Windows 95.  The average cost of a car was $15,500; and, you could buy bread for about $1.15 a loaf.   OJ was found innocent and the DOW closed above 5,000 for the first time.  The 55 MPH limit imposed because of the gas crisis was lifted.  […]

Pastor’s Perspective 08-18-2020

Last week didn’t exactly unfold as I had planned. In addition to my regular weekly meetings and sermon preparation for Sunday, I had hoped to get some long-term planning done on my fall sermon series. Bruce was on a much-needed and well-deserved week of vacation. I just needed a relatively quiet week of productive days […]

Pastor’s Perspective 08-11-2020

Good news is always welcome. Especially in this season filled with so many challenges and so much uncertainty. I am happy to announce we have called Jon Nahlen to be our next youth minister. The deacons approved the unanimous recommendation of the search committee Sunday evening. The search process began in early February after the […]

Pastor’s Perspective 08-04-2020

As I write the Pastor’s Perspective this afternoon, I’m paying close attention to the approaching hurricane.   I saw a comment recently that said, “Ya’ll don’t need to panic….a hurricane coming toward NC is the most normal thing that has happened in 2020.”  A hurricane…..stirred into a pot that already has COVID fears, protests, unemployment, social […]

Pastor’s Perspective 07-28-2020

   On the day I am writing this column, my dad is celebrating his 87th birthday. In fact, I’ve already received several birthday wishes from church members this morning who heard it was my birthday. It’s the other “John Cook” who is getting older today. I’m holding at 63 for now. But I’ve been thinking […]

Pastor’s Perspective 07-21-2020

If you’ve ever flown much into or out of some of the busier airports in our country, you may have gone into a holding pattern for a period of time while the pilot was waiting for clearance from air traffic control to land. Certain life events may force us into similar holding patterns in our […]

Pastor’s Perspective 07-15-2020

I have learned over the years that it is the simple things in life that mean the most. And I have experienced a lot more of the simple things since I became a grandfather. This has been a summer of major transitions for our family. Our one son and his family are now settled in […]