Here are some pics from my iPhone (thus the quality!) from tonight's final pre-launch service. Launch is next Sunday, March 7! See the full gallery on Posterous
Kristy's grandmother, "Mamaw," went to be with Jesus on Tuesday at 84 years old. She was a very special lady. Her husband of 66 years, Tom, told me today, "A better wife cannot be found." And this is after a stroke in 1994 left left Mamaw paralyzed on her right side and unable to speak. … Continue reading Remembering and Honoring “Mamaw” Luby
Actually, this is NEXT week's ad. This week's quotes Jack Miller, "Grace flows downhill."
Connect —> Learn —> Grow —> Serve As I think about the community we are calling Creekstone, there are four words that are standing out as vital. In addition to our key values of grace, community and mission is a process for spiritual maturity. It begins with connecting— connecting as a grace-centered, Jesus-worshipping community on mission … Continue reading Four Words
Last night's Creekstone message on Psalm 40:1-3 described David being rescued from a miry pit of despair. The gospel tells us that we are delivered from the stench and curse of the bog because the Lord took us out and put us on "a rock." A stable, firm, safe place. But there is more. I … Continue reading Out of the Pit: God’s Rescue Through Substitution
To quote from my friend Jack Miller's book, Repentance: "Penance... is a religious attitude deeply rooted in the human heart which prompts men to attempt to pay for their own sins by their good works and sufferings. Self-justification is the goal of this effort. In practice this means that man always has one more scheme … Continue reading Penance is an Insult to Grace
The "Socratic" method of teaching essentially is the inductive method of study—the art of asking good questions. My preaching historically has been deductive, not Socratic. Typically, I have rounded up a number of points and tried to press them home. However, I'm rethinking my strategy, and considering what it will mean to go way back … Continue reading Socratic Preaching
I am thankful for Eugene Peterson and his book, The Contemplative Pastor, which God used to rescue me from quitting the pastorate back in 2004. It is the simplest, and in my opinion, most helpful explanation of pastoral ministry that I ever have read- period. And I go back to it often. Here are a few … Continue reading The Book That Rescued Me As A Pastor
Kristy and I had our first phone appointment yesterday with our Sonship discipler, Stu Batstone. One big take-away from our time is that this 8 month Sonship course should be considered an "inductive heart study." We are to examine the underlying motives of what we do, say and feel, understanding in what ways we are … Continue reading The Infamous Sonship Tongue Assignment
Here is Creekstone's ad in the Dahlonega Nugget newspaper that comes out today. We'll be using this format with a new quote each week as we prepare for launch and through Easter.
I presently am enjoying a mini-vacation this week with my family. Hope to see all of my Creekstone friends on Sunday!
This is the message from Creekstone last night, based on Romans 8:35-39. The gist is from Jerry Bridges, "God cannot love me more, and will not love me less." That is the message of the cross.
For those of you who are part of Creekstone's Launch Team, I hope that you find this short video an encouragement as we plan to go public as a church on Sunday, February 28. Remember, the church is not a group of folks who have achieved goodness. The church is the community on earth who … Continue reading The March of the Unqualified: Get in Line
The following article is by Mark Driscoll, lead pastor for Mars Hill Church in Seattle. ____________________________________________________________________ Valentine’s Day is often loved by women and loathed by men, who drop their cash on flowers, jewelry, candy, and cards. Perhaps comic Jay Leno expressed the male dilemma about Valentine’s Day best in one of his monologues: “Today … Continue reading So, Who Was Valentine?
Kristy and I are going through "Sonship phone discipleship" with Stu Batstone of World Harvest Mission. We have our first phone appointment next week, and are really excited about it. Along with the Sonship lectures and weekly homework assignments, we are reading several books, including From Fear to Freedom (Rose Marie Miller), The Heart of … Continue reading The Gospel Walk
I am reading the late Dr. Jack Miller's book of personal letters entitled, The Heart of a Servant Leader. Oh my, this collection is a treasure of grace and wisdom. In a letter to a preacher friend, Miller says, "I think the chief thing in effective ministry... is the presence of the Spirit in the … Continue reading Preaching as a Bush Aglow
In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul provides the secret to his preaching, saying: "1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and … Continue reading The Secret of Paul’s Preaching
Today was our monthly CPN meeting in Buckhead/ATL. Randy Pope led the teaching on training disciples, which was excellent. It is always good to connect with my fellow church planters and coaches. Great time! See the full gallery on Posterous
This message was given at Creekstone Sunday, February 7. The gist is that God is not outdone with our cries for help, but actually is delighted to enter into our weakness and need with his power and provision.
So, how dynamic and powerful was my sermon tonight? Just ask Timothy. 🙂
I had a conversation this week with a friend who shared that he had been reading an author who believed that preaching with too much of an emphasis on grace will adversely affect the mission of the church. He said that grace will lead to laziness, license and apathy with regard to the command to … Continue reading The iPad and Mission/Evangelism
I am looking forward to preaching this Sunday for Christ Community Church in Acworth/Kennesaw, GA, during their missions emphasis month. I'll be teaching from Psalm 40:1-3, a message entitled The Propulsion of Grace. Can't wait to see my CCC friends- we deeply appreciate your prayer and financial support of Creekstone Church in Dahlonega! And yes, I'll … Continue reading Preaching at Christ Community/Acworth this Sunday (and Creekstone)