about me

Kevin Bussey (aka k-dawg)
Lead Pastor
Charlotte, NC, USA


Samford University: B.S. Public Administration, 1985
University of Alabama at Birmingham: M.A. Education, 1988

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: MDivBL, 1995


Married to:
Cassandra (6-25-88)

Children:
Jacob
Hope

quote of the week

"Pastor I don't like your plans" Bisagno, "what are your plans." man, "I don't have any." Bisagno, "I like my plans better than yours." .

Dr. John R. Bisagno:


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jason sampler
mark mansheim
adam feldman
scott freeman
wes kenny
alan cross
john stickley
bowden mcelroy
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nate goodwin
paul littleton
jeff richard young
J. A. Gillmartin
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micah fries
preachin jesus
morris chapman
tim sweetman
kevin lancaster
jeremy roberts
al mohler
ronnie floyd
david rogers
sbc bloggers
greg pouncey
jason burns
howie luvzus
gary lamb
angela davis
neil elmore
jason shepherd
monday morning insight
wayne cordeiro
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my parents ministry
starbucks
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the ooze
willowcreek association
purpose driven
northpoint community church
springs church
albert pujols
shaun alexander
john maxwell
element 2
dale jarrett
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bible gateway
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building 429: rise


chris tomlin: live from austin music hall


various: music inspired by the chronicles of narnia


fusebox: once again


passion: How Great Is Our God


storyside:b : everything and more


delirious?: the mission bell


hillsong united: look to you



 

Friday, April 28, 2006

My Boxed in God.......

I have always had God figured out. At least the God I believed in. The God I believed in was like me! After all, I was my god. I worshiped in a way that I was "comfortable" with. I was brought up in a "conservative" SBC church in Tuscaloosa, AL. We were taught to watch out for "liberals" and "charismatics." When I shared with my church that I was going to Samford University you would have thought I was going to to Sodom and Gomorrah. I hate it when God stretches me. I am comfortable with "my God." But the more I study the Bible, read books, attend conferences and hang out with people "different" than me I am convinced that I have God "BOXED IN!" I'll never forget the first time I saw someone raise their hand (it wasn't even two hands) in church--it made me uncomfortable. I was self-righteous and thought why don't they go to the Assembly of God, don't do that in "my church." What a hypocrite I am! I'll never forget when I went to a potential church member's house in Georgia and they took me in their "media" room and they had enough alcohol to stock a bar. My pharisical personality thought, get me out of this place of "sin." Then, at supper their 11 year old daughter brought in a neighbor she had just led to Christ! What a hypocrite I am! I'll admit I read comments on blogs or listen to sermons by various pastors and I think they are wrong. Then God slaps me through His word or through circumstances and I see what a hypocrite I am! Actually I'm glad God is not finished with me. Because I have so much to learn. So bear with me, I'm a work in progress. I learn every day. I am not finished. I am grateful that God thinks enough of me to change me. I learn from those of you who read my blog. I learn from your blogs too. Thanks for being part of what God is doing in me!

posted by Kevin Bussey at 4/28/2006 09:23:00 AM

10 Comments:

Blogger art rogers said...

Good stuff. You speak for many who grew up among "cultural Christianity." It is our burden to think that the way we are, and were raised, is THE way.

Thanks for the transparency.

4/28/2006 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Scott Freeman said...

Great stuff.

http://scottfreeman.info/

4/28/2006 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger Jamie Wootten said...

James 4:6 seems to be confronting me everywhere I turn lately:

"But He gives more grace...God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."

4/28/2006 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger joe kennedy said...

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4/28/2006 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger joe kennedy said...

At least it's a pretty box (the wooden one).

4/28/2006 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Thanks Joe! :)

4/28/2006 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

I am with you! How a Holy God can love me I will never understand but I am sure glad He did.My hope is I can be more Like Him and less like the hypocrite I am!

I am glad that some day I will have the mind of Christ and not my own. Only God can do that!

In Him
Kevin Lancaster

4/28/2006 04:22:00 PM  
Blogger Villa Rica said...

Brother Kevin B,

I always read your post and the comments you place on the sites of others. I like what you said about school teachers on another site just recently.

I hope that someday I can buy you a cup of coffee, large tea, and all the BBQ you can hold somewhere this side of glory. If not, catch up with me at the gate. I know what you look like. I will go with you as you go to cast all your crowns at the feet of Jesus. If we go in the order of age He will already have mine.

After you give Jesus praise and glory for about a zillion years ( I can only measure in earth time right now ) maybe we can hang out a century or two.

Villa Rica

4/28/2006 11:03:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

VR,

I look forward to meeting you!

4/29/2006 08:22:00 AM  
Blogger Nate Goodwin said...

Kevin,
This is good stuff. I find it funny because I grew up in a church with strict perceptions on the things you mention, but then I left the church not knowing Jesus because of these and a few other things. Needless to say I finally found grace and not law and eventually made my way to the south and into the SBC. God must have a sense of humor.

4/29/2006 09:12:00 AM  

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