The Kind of Preaching We Need Today

I stand duly convicted by these words of Jim Cymbala in his book, Fresh Power (p. 46).  But my heart echos his. I do not need more of my (in)ability in my sermons, I need more of the Spirit. O Lord, let me pray and preach like the helpless man that I am. “Isn’t it…

A Glorious Thought

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!  My sin, not in part, but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more;  Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! Horatio Spafford, “It is Well with my Soul” (stanza 3), 1873.

Beware of the Goddess “Numbers”

A dear friend from Creekstone sent me a quote from A.W. Tozer this morning. For all of you church planters, and folks at Creekstone, these are wise, challenging, and I think, encouraging words: The emphasis today in Christian circles appears to be on quantity, with a corresponding lack of emphasis on quality. Numbers, size and amount…

I Was Convicted Today…

This is a message for the folks who are committed to seeing Creekstone Church launched, and fulfill it’s mission “to glorify God by helping people come alive to the wonder of the gospel.” ——————————- I was convicted today while driving. I love driving long distances alone. Time to think… and it hit me: “I need…

Check Out the Latest Creekstone Weekly Update

Creekstone’s latest Weekly Update is posted here.  I want to thank our new Administrative Coordinator/Pastoral Assistant, Matt Stephenson, for taking over the “Weekly Update,” as well as several other key administrative roles. “Thanks, Matt!”  I will be sending out a separate “pastoral letter” of sorts each week. However, if you are part of Creekstone, you will…

My Biggest Sin

You couldn’t help it, could you? This is gonna be juicy, right?  Could be. Okay, let’s get to it. What is my biggest sin? Of course, most of us probably think of the Top 10 list in Exodus. “Thou Shall Not…”  But we’ve all broken every one of those. No surprise there. So what is…

Avatar Review and Trailer

James Cameron’s recent film, Avatar, is some serious eye candy that should be seen in 3-D for full effect. As you may have guessed, the acting is average at best, and, as far as plot, think Pocahontas in A.D. 2154. Although compared to Star Wars, I would not recommend this movie for younger children because…

Commemorating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is the day Americans commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Not only did he have a very cool name (Martin Luther), but he, like his namesake, was a reformer. He was born in Atlanta and died in Memphis. I was born in Memphis and now live in (well, near) Atlanta. So…

Abba’s Delight

I’ve been reading Abba’s Child, by Brennan Manning. These words, from his chapter, “Come Out of Hiding,” could have been written just for me. Maybe they are for you, too.  He writes about a time when he was on a personal retreat in Colorado. As the days passed, I realized that I had not been able…