See the full gallery on Posterous Took these pics on my phone at Yahoola Creek Park while the kids were at soccer practice about 150 yards away.
Justin Holcomb is the Academic Dean of Re:Train, and posted this helpful article on the Resurgence blog recently: Paul refers to himself numerous times as worth "imitating" when it comes to spiritual growth and maturity (1 Cor. 4:16, 11:1; Phil. 3:17, 4:19; 1 Thess. 1:6; and 2 Thess. 3:7, 9). What do we see when … Continue reading Paul’s Example of Downward Mobility
Here are a few nuggets of gold from one of my living heros, C.J. Mahaney (from an interview from a previous post- see below on the main page of mckaycaston.com). Enjoy. When dealing with folks on the ministry team, especially in the context of worship leadership, encourage with evidences of grace before a critique or … Continue reading Nuggets of Gold from C.J. Mahaney
I am starting a new church, and one of the questions that I get asked almost every day is "which denomination are you." Baptist? Presbyterian? Methodist? Episcopalian? Non-denominational? Although Creekstone does have a denominational affiliation for theological accountability and practical support, I like the atitutde of the 18th century revival preacher George Whitefield, who said, … Continue reading One Church, Many Places
The power went out tonight and gave us the opportunity to do a little ma and pa livin' by candle light.
The Caston crew had a GREAT time meeting neighbors at the Parks Ridge Annual Cookout this afternoon, hosted by Virginia and Kevin Daniel. And Randy Collins served up some FANTASTIC Q. Way to go, Randy. Let's do it again next week! : ) By the way, to order some seriously good catered chicken, pork or … Continue reading Our Neighborhood Cookout
via vimeo.com I have learned so much from pastor/preacher/leader CJ Mahaney of Sovereign Grace Ministries. Enjoy this interview as he discusses lessons learned from over three decades of pastoral leadership. He's one of the very, very best. Gifted, humble, gospel-saturated leadership.
In The Call, Os Guinness says, "For everyone attracted to Christ, there are scores bored or repelled by 'Christianity.'" Or as a t-shirt says, "Jesus, save me from your followers!" Thankfully, I know a number of genuine believers who, if there were more of them, may make that shirt obsolete. These are the ones for … Continue reading Does the Christianity of the NT Still Exist?
Good coffee, cool music, and a corner table
In the 1970s there was a group that met in the White House for a time of informal prayer and fellowship. A newcomer to the group was asked to lead one week, and at the end of the meeting, he asked Arthur Burns to close them in prayer. The kicker that the newcomer didn't know: … Continue reading Arthur Burns’ Helpful Prayer
In his book, On the Old Testament, Mark Driscoll provides a helpful corrective to preacher-types like myself who may be tempted to dare folks to be a Daniel. He says, "Unless Jesus is the central message of the Old Testament, many errors abound. The most common is moralizing. Moralizing is reading the Old Testament not … Continue reading The Danger of Moralizing the Old Testament
This past weekend, Kristy milled wheat for the crust, grilled chicken for the topping, and used fresh pesto and mozzerella to make the best pizza that I have ever had. The crust was unbelievable! Way to go, Kristy. See the full gallery on Posterous
During the recent Georgia monsoon season of '09 (it has rained most of the past month), the usually slow flowing creek in our backyard has become a river with rapids. I think it is safe to say that the drought is over. : ) See the full gallery on Posterous
I first read the phrase "the audience of One" in Os Guinness' book, The Call. He says, "Most of us, whehter we are aware of it or not, do things with an eye to hte approval of some audience or other. The question is not whether we have an audience, but which audience we have" … Continue reading The Audience of One
In 1 Timohty 6:12, the apostle Paul tells his protege Timothy to "fight the good fight of the faith." In light of this exhortation, beginning in October, I will be leading several men's groups, which we plan to call (thanks to our good friends at Acts 29) Fight Clubs. The purpose of these groups is … Continue reading Fight Clubs @ Creekstone Church
In his book On Church Leadership, Mark Driscoll provides statistics on church sizes in the US. Check out some of these numbers: 25% of US churches have fewer than 45 attendees weekly 50% of US churches have fewer than 75 attendees weekly 75% of US churches have fewer than 150 attendees weekly 95% of US … Continue reading Counting is the Chief Pleasure of the Miser
For me, the phrase is like someone scratching his fingernails on a chalkboard (do schools even have chalkboards any more?). "Oh McKay, it is so great that you are in (and here it comes) full-time Christian ministry." Ugh. The problem is not that I am, and don't want to be, but that he,as a believer, … Continue reading The Glory of Non-Vocational Ministry
Whether the mission is starting a new business, exploring space or driving for a vacation to Disney World, a mission is an adventure which requires stepping into (often) unknown contexts with uncertain outcomes. Sure, I have a portrait in my mind of how it will all turn out. However, that picture is rarely how the … Continue reading Gospel Realism in Mission
The Paul of the New Testament is a strong apologetic to me for the credibility of the gospel. A leading Jewish scholar who was a leading member of the Pharisees, he had hated Christians. For example, in Acts 7, a man named Stephen preaches and the crowd of unbelieving Jews stones him to death. In … Continue reading The Kind of Worship That Takes Place in Prison
I just finished reading the primer, On Church Leadership, by Mark Driscoll. In it, he covers a lot of ground in a very concise manner. Thanks, Mark! Right off, he discusses the office of elder, which he believes is a remarkably significant calling. This agrees with the apostle Paul, who writes in 1 Timothy 3:1, … Continue reading The Noble Task
I'm reading through Acts this week and just made it to chapter 15, where there is a meeting among church leaders such as Paul, Peter and James (and many more) over what is required in order to be saved (read: fully forgiven, completely accepted, and eternally loved by and reconciled to God). Verse 1 describes … Continue reading Getting Rid of the Unless in the Equation