This just in from my friend, Dave McCarty."How can I tell when I'm indifferent to Jesus? When I don't like dependency, weakness, feeling helpless, embarrassed. When my flesh vibrates to strong, together, confident. When I begin to obsess over my next car, vacation, purchase, or ministry strategy. Because, deep down, I evidently believe that something … Continue reading Freshly Sane
What is going on this week? 1. Dinner at Karlene and Rich Cannon's home with their family group (Monday)2. Kristy and I began the P90X workout (After only 3 days I am unspeakably sore!)3. Ann Ferris has extra rehearsals for a play that she is in next week4. Schaeffer's weekly tennis lesson (today)5. Sarah Wynn … Continue reading This Week’s Top 10
I've got to go read, but first this... : )"What has exceedingly hurt you in time past, nay, and I fear, to this day, is want of reading. I scarce ever knew a preacher who read so little. And perhaps, by neglecting it, you have lost the taste for it. Hence your talent in preaching … Continue reading The Significance of Reading for the Preacher
Driving back from Memphis last Friday I passed the Talladega Superspeedway on I-20. I had never seen the area on the weekend of a NASCAR race, and was amazed to see so many people in RVs and tents for the weekend. There are two big-time races in Talladega (and they have changed the name from … Continue reading Talladega Superspeedway
After John the Baptizer denies being the Christ in John 1, he sees Jesus and tells his disciples, "Look, the Lamb of God." Next we read, "When the two disciples heard him say this, the followed Jesus." What a great picture of true discipleship. John gathered men to himself with the purpose of leading them … Continue reading Missional Motivation
I got back today from a short support trip to Elvis' hometown and my birthplace, Memphis, TN. I introduced the church plant vision at Independent Presbyterian Church on Wednesday night after their fellowship supper, and then spent all day Thursday at Republic Coffee, where friends dropped by all day to catch up. Here are some … Continue reading Memphis Trip
In John 1:20, John the Baptizer makes a profound denial. Peter had denied knowing the Christ. But here, John denies being the Christ, saying firmly, "I am NOT the Christ." Hmmm... That just may be a new mantra for me. Not that I would ever be confused with Jesus. However, my flesh wants the glory … Continue reading “I Am Not the Christ”
Schaeffer climbing the rock wall at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle, TN.
I am 40 years old. Our culture would say that my "glory days" are behind me (unless, of course, 40 really is the new 30). However, according to a biblical world view, my glory days are not behind me, they are ahead of me—and always will be until I see Jesus face to face. That … Continue reading Glory Days
Last week I attended Twin Lakes Fellowship (at Twin Lakes Conference Center) in Florence, MS, just south of Jackson. It was a good time to see some old friends and make new ones. Here are two pictures, one from the front of the meeting room and the other from the rear.
To continue with C.J. Mahaney's The Cross Centered Life, he says, "Legalism is seeking to achieve forgiveness from God and acceptance by God through obedience to God... The implications of legalism are staggering in their arrogance. Legalism claims that the death of Jesus on the cross was either unnecessary or insufficient." But the gospel sets … Continue reading Legalism as Arrogance
Here is a bit more from our trip to Monteagle over the Easter weekend...Playing in the creek Just a swangin' The crew at Shenanigans in Sewanee, TN Best friends on a mini-bridge
In his book, The Cross Centered Life, C.J. Mahaney says that there are three ways that my heart gets drawn away from having the gospel/cross central in my life: legalism, condemnation and subjectivism.Legalism is basing my relationship with God on my performance.Condemnation is being more focused on my sin than on God's grace.Subjectivism is basing … Continue reading Grace and Godliness: Do Not Fear the Judaizers
In his book, The Cross and Christian Ministry, D.A. Carson says,"I fear that the cross, without ever being disowned, is constantly in danger of being dismissed from the central place it must enjoy... Whenever the periphery is in danger of displacing the center, we are not far removed from idolatry." (p. 29) That is such … Continue reading The Danger of Displacing the Center
I'm not sure who took this video, but it is a panoramic video of 1/2 of the square in Dahlonega. On the other side of the old Courthouse is the historic Holly Theater and a view of the University, which sits just off of downtown Dahlonega. It is filmed in the winter, so the trees … Continue reading Panorama of Dahlonega Square
Last week one of my best friends from high school, Stu Keyes, came through town with his family on their way to camp in the mountains. We met at The Patio Cafe for lunch with their four and Sarah Wynn (the big two were in class across the street at Perimeter). It was so great … Continue reading Stu Keyes and Family in Town
Last night I surprised Kristy with a small surprise party the Macaroni Grill for her 39th birthday. So much fun!
I am preparing a lesson for tomorrow on conflict and peacemaking, and came across a quote by Ken Sande that I really like. He says, "Peacemakers are people who breathe grace." Unless the gospel is oxygenating my spiritual bloodstream, I am in no condition to get the log out of my own eye.
Today is a very special day in the Caston household. It is Kristy's birthday! Um... well, let's just say that she is still in her 30s and will always be younger than me... and will always look younger than she really is. : )
Evidence of a good time last week in Monteagle.
In Psalm 51, David prays words that I have been praying for myself today. "Restore to me the joy of Your salvation." Restore the joy— a joy that comes from the truth of the gospel. Oh how I want the sweetness of the love of Jesus to saturate my heart. However, I will not grasp … Continue reading Restore the Joy
One of the mornings on the mountain last week was defined by a thick fog that lasted until around 2:00pm. Here is a picture I took when driving around the Assembly.
This past Saturday we experienced a super-fun Easter Egg hunt with friends in Monteagle, TN. Here is a picture of the crew.
Here is the latest Dahlonega Church Plant E-Newsletter (hot off the e-press). Just click here.Included:Tim Keller on college town ministryTravel updatePrayer needsLots of links (Twitter, photo galleries, etc.)"God's Abundance and Mine""Jesus is the Hero"
While in Monteagle, TN, this week to see friends, Schaeffer caught a pretty big snake with his bare hands. Not bad! : ) More fun pics of the week are to come...