The Birthday Girl is a Teenager

Today is Ann Ferris’ 13th birthday! We can’t believe that we have a teenager in the house, but we are so thankful, too. We will have a fun video ready to post in the next few days. For now, we celebrate… 

200 Proof Grace

In his book, Between Noon and Three, Robert Capon provides a metaphor for the rediscovery of grace during the time of the Protestant Reformation.  He says: “The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellarsul of fifteen-hundred year old,…

Sola Gratia

Charles Spurgeon was a preacher of grace in 19th century England. I don’t know where I found this Spurgeon quote, but I’ve had it on my desk for several years, hoping that one day, after repeated exposure, the nickel will drop and I will get it. :0)  “If there be one stitch in the celestial…

True Sanity

This just in from Dave McCarty, a friend who, like me, is learning little by little what it means to live as a grace-dependent child of the Father. “I know I’m sane when I don’t know, and I don’t care: when I have a healthy indifference to all the things that charm me most, that…

A Caston Christmas Video

Here is a video journal of our recent Christmas adventure from Georgia to Mississippi and back!

A Caston Christmas Video

Here is a video journal of our recent Christmas adventure from Georgia to Mississippi and back!

Transforming Grace

I love the title of Jerry Bridges book, Transforming Grace. He has captured the biblical reality of Titus 2:11-12, which says, “For the grace of God… teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” That is another way of saying what…

Augustine on the Cross & the Love of God

I’m pretty sure that it was Augustine who said (in the 5th century), “The cross of Christ did not secure the love of God. The love of God secured the cross of Christ.” Wow. If that will sink into my heart, I will be a changed man.

Rejecting Moralism

After reading Keller’s The Prodigal God, one of the ideas that really has gripped me is that many people who consider themselves Christians actually have not embraced the true Christian message at all, but rather have embraced a form of religious moralism. On the other hand, many people who think that they have rejected the…

Back to College

Last night at the dinner table Sarah Wynn asked if she had to go to college. Kristy told her that she probably would go to college. Sarah Wynn replied, “Mommy, will you go with me?” Kristy almost melted. :0)

The Gospel as My Functional Operating System

Just as a computer runs on a certain “operating system,” so too my heart has a functional operating system. And just like there is a battle in the computer world between the PC OS and the Mac OS, so too there is a battle within my heart (Galatians 5). Will I allow idols to drive…