Hello, I’m the Health Inspector (1 Corinthians 3:10-23)

Message Notes: If I were the owner of a restaurant, I’d think that the last person I would want to show up unannounced would be the local health inspector. Not because I would want to have a dirty kitchen. But because the health score is posted for every customer to see. That is what Paul…

Jesus is not Enough

Something unexpected happened this morning as I was driving home from making some returns at Wal-Mart. The sky was a bright blue. Not hazy at all. Incredibly clear. A CD was playing. Yes, a CD. I drive a 2005 Honda Pilot. The lyrics of the song followed the words of 1 Peter 1:3-9. 3 Praise be…

The Terrible Twos in Grown Up Shoes (1 Corinthians 3:1-9)

The terrible twos. It is the season every new parent fears—the season in a toddler’s life when he or she begins to manifest a very defined moral code. You know the code. You have lived the code. If I want it, it’s mine. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine. If it is within my…

The Hydraulic Log Splitter for the Win (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

In November of 1989, the Berlin Wall fell in Germany and the Velvet Revolution took place in what was then Czechoslovakia, which over the next two years led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the demise of communism in Eastern Europe. With walls falling and doors opening, Christian mission groups began to send…

The Gospel of the Ugliest Dog (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)

The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is held the fourth week of June in Petaluma, California, as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair. This year’s winner is a bulldog named, Zsa Zsa. Apparently, there is no relation to Uga X in Athens. Her extra-wide stance, teeth-exposing underbite, and tongue that hangs almost to the ground helped her…

What it Takes to Build a 45,000 lb. X-Wing (1 Cor. 1:10-17)

It took 32 “master builders” 17,336 man (and woman) hours to create a life-sized Star Wars X-Wing fighter out of 5,335,200 Lego pieces. Originally unveiled in New York in 2013, it now resides at Legoland in California, boasting a 44-foot wingspan and weighing in at over 45,000 pounds.[i] The Lego X-Wing is the extraordinary result…

Deeply Flawed and Dearly Loved (1 Cor. 1:1-9)

  The struggle is real. Martin Luther knew this. In 1535, Luther, a German professor of theology coined a phrase that many believers have found helpful to describe an ongoing struggle that every disciple of Jesus faces throughout their entire life. This pithy Latin phrase is found in Luther’s commentary on Galatians,[i] where he says…

An Introduction to 1st Corinthians

This Sunday we begin a journey through the epic New Testament letter of 1st Corinthians. Below is an introduction to the letter from the ESV Study Bible. Author and Title The first word of 1 Corinthians states that Paul is its author. There is no good reason to doubt this. The theological concerns of the…

Fellowship with the Father, Pt. 3: When Temptation Comes My Way

This past Monday night I was driving up Georgia 400 from Atlanta. It was nearly dark but not quite. As I looked ahead I noticed an object in the road. As I approached the object, I realized that it was a huge Lazy Boy style recliner–right in the center of three lanes with cars travelling…

Fellowship with the Father, Pt. 2: Praying Our Needs

Listen: When I set out to start Creekstone in 2009, my sending church required that I raise a substantial amount of funding to see us through our first three to five years. In any entrepreneurial venture there often are significant start-up costs including equipment purchases, meeting space rental fees, staffing, etc. The same is true…

Fellowship with the Father, Pt. 1: Praying Our Deepest Desires

This is part 1 in the sermon series based on the Lord’s Prayer entitled, Fellowship with the Father. My eldest child has graduated from college and lives in her own house in a different city. I no longer see her every day, every week or even every month. When my phone rings and I see…