Why I Am Calvary Chapel: Mike Macon

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  1. Tim says:

    Mike – excellent. Thanks for sharing your story.

  2. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Mike, great article – so, why don’t you believe in infant baptism 🙂 Just kidding!

  3. Shaun Sells says:

    We- are- fam-i-ly, Calvary Chapel, Mike Macon, and me.

    Again, good stuff…

    If anyone is interested in praying, I am flying out of Denver today headed to Perth Australia. I will be teaching at a YWAM Bible school there, and probably won’t have internet – so I won’t be commenting.

  4. Lutheran says:

    Great job, Mike. Thanks for sharing.

  5. ryan couch says:

    Good stuff Mike…awesome to hear how Jesus saved you on that ship. While I’m not officially a CC pastor any longer, CC is very much my family. Having been a part of the movement for 20 years, much of that as a pastor, I am forever indebted to the movement and will always be in many ways a Calvary guy.

  6. Michael says:


    You have them…how long will you be gone?

  7. Nonnie says:

    Thanks Mike. That was a great testimony and a good word. I am blessed reading it.

  8. Shaun Sells says:

    10 days (most of which is travel), but it is worth it since we support the missionary that runs the Biblical Core course and it will give me a chance to see first hand where our money is going.

    But, enough about me – back to Mike and why he is Calvary Chapel.

  9. Xenia says:

    I used to work with the gentleman who started Calvary Chapel Perth, apparently the first CC in Australia? How is that congregation doing these days?

  10. DavidH says:

    Well said. I fellowship at a Calvary Chapel.

  11. jlo says:

    Shaun, will be praying.

  12. Nonnie says:

    Kevin H.
    Thanks for the update on Rick Warren.
    Thanking God for the good report.

  13. filbertz says:

    well done. I enjoyed the read. As you may recall, EGR is part of my old stomping grounds. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

  14. Em says:

    ’tis good – all good 😉

  15. Captain Kevin says:

    Thanks for your story. I started working for Horizon at about the time you were de-commissioning. Like Ryan, while I’m not currently at a CC, I share many of the same reasons why I call it family.

  16. Pardon the Interruption says:

    Mike, Question:

    In your opinion, is the future trajectory for Calvary Chapel one that is on the rise or the decline in regards to influence within the US?

    Thanks for the great article.

  17. Babylon's Dread says:

    Good telling of the story…now we have two distinct models for this… one more doctrinal and didactic the other more relational and organic… well those are of course generalities.

    I am Lutheran because I was baptized as such in infancy, I am Baptist by choice because you can opt in not it is much harder to simply opt out…they keep eternal rolls, I am renewal because I rolled on the floor and laughed my way out of the Baptist church(not off the roll) I am some other stuff too but those are the big waves….

  18. nancy says:

    Thanks for sharing … so good to read your account.

  19. Jim Jacobson says:

    Mike, thanks for sharing that. We are family.

  20. I too love the CC model of simply teaching the scriptures simply. Its what attracted me to the movement. But I’ve got to be honest and say that much of what I hear coming from many a CC is commentary. A vs is read and commented upon with little or no regard to context. I like the idea of vs by v teaching but we’ve got to see beyond a single verse and see how the vs fits into the bigger picture as well as the intent of the author. Some times I’ve thought a more accurate statement for CC is simply commenting on the scriptures simply

  21. Believe says:

    Mike, I liked your article…I agree with Dread’s assessment…more relational and organic than doctrinal/didactic. (Didactic…love that word BD 🙂 )

    You sound like you have a good heart. I like your simple approach (and in no way is that a slight). The most telling statement to me is “I am Calvary Chapel because this is where the Lord has me.”

  22. Sparkyuno says:

    Good article…much appreciated. I too am Calvary Chapel because that is where the Lord has me. Awesome quote.

  23. mike macon says:

    PTI – good question.

    I would have to say, with absolute certainty – I don’t know. :mrgreen:

    On the other hand, I don’t think CC has ever really tried to be influential – just to be true to what we see in the Word by the grace and power of the Spirit. That CC has in fact been influential is, I think, really incidental to that.

    In al, if you were to ask most CC pastors (or at least, those I know) we would in general say that it’s really not important what happens to CC in the long run; He must increase, and we must therefore inevitably decrease.

    At least, that’s how I take it.

  24. bishopdave says:

    The simple polity…the centrality of Jesus…the simple, systematic, expositional teaching of the Bible…the present reality of and dependence upon the Holy Spirit…the easygoing relationship with the rest of the Body of Christ .

    Love that statement! great post! My experience is, I was so hungry for that, and the only place I guess I found it has been at youth church camps! I wonder if anyone can find it at the Baptist church I pastor–course, baptists hate simple polity.

  25. Eric says:

    These are cool as heck. Is Grendal gonna do one for us heretics?

  26. Na'amah says:

    lol Eric uh… i think he did on his political commentary by the way Eric, your site is blocked at my office 🙁 so i cannot access your words and humor from 6-6 and by that time i am soooooo far behind i just sort of lurk

  27. ( |o )====::: says:

    “Is Grendal gonna do one for us heretics?”

    Why I am “A Heretic”
    Why I am “Emergent”
    Why I am outside the camp, exploring

  28. London says:

    I’m going to write the last one of the whole series and call it “Why I am None of The Above” 😉

  29. Joe Marino says:

    You are one of the good guys. Thanks for sharing your story!

  30. JimB says:

    Thanks for sharing your story Mike!

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