I've been preaching and teaching for so long that you'd think I'd have it down by now. 'Fraid not. Even tonight, after the message, I went home thinking, "Man, you made a powerful, simple truth way too complicated. You preached far too long. Just make it simple next time, okay?" Okay, I'll try. But no … Continue reading Sermon & Life Reflections: You’d Think I’d Have It Down By Now
This past Thursday our kids were invited to participate in Field Day with the Clary School at the Umberger's home (where the school is located). Thanks to lead teacher (and personal friend/worship team member at Creekstone), Lauren Stephenson, for heading up the day. Great job, Lauren. It was TONS of fun! See the full gallery … Continue reading Field Day Fun (Photos)
Tonight for "Family Night" we drove to Amicalola Falls State Park (about 15 miles west of our house). Food, frisbee, and creekwalkin'. The quote of the evening may have been Sarah Wynn. As we continued walking up the creek to toward the 700 plus foot falls, with small falls all along the trail, she exclaimed, … Continue reading Picnic at Amicalola Falls State Park (Photos)
If you were providentially hindered from attending Creekstone's Sunday gathering this week, here is the teaching and outline from our new series through Philippians.
Here are some of the recovered photos from last weekend's picnic at Yahoola Creek Park. What a great time! See the full gallery on Posterous
WARNING: This post is of the longer variety. My apologies in advance. For years I have been trying to figure out how to design a pace for work and life that provides both rest and energy, as well as time for family and ministry. Several vocations are like being a church planter, such as the … Continue reading Frontloading the Recharge
This is a picture taken by Kristin Perry during our game of Ultimate Frisbee yesterday at the Picnic in the Park. My pictures were downloaded, but then lost. Ugh!!! Hopefully, I will be able to recover them and post 'em here. They were great pics to commemorate a great time. Anyway, thanks to those who … Continue reading Picnic in the Park
My facebook news reel informs the world that I have now arrived, because... The above picture is Dr. Keller trying to remember who I am and why he just accepted my friend request. 🙂
Ann Ferris had a starring role in this year's Mock Trial at the Gwinett County Courthouse. Her team did a great job and learned a lot about the justice system. Ann Ferris' character was on trial for murder. As a way to gain sympathy, she trained herself to cry real tears on demand, and pulled … Continue reading Ann Ferris’ CC Mock Trial Pictures
Ann Ferris and Schaeffer's team won first place at the six team Kayak Regatta on Lake Lanier this past weekend. Way to go! See the full gallery on Posterous
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"Nowhere more than in America are Christians caught in the twentieth-century syndrome of size. Size will show success. If I am consecrated, there will necessarily be large quantities of people, dollars, etc. This is not so. Not only does God not say that size and spiritual power go together, but He even reverses this (especially … Continue reading Do Numbers = Success and Significance?
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This is just some funny for Friday. Laughter is good medicine. Enjoy. By the way, a big HT goes to Ken Mead for posting this on Facebook. via youtube.com
This Sunday we will begin a new teaching/sermon series in the New Testament letter of Philippians. Combining theological depth with practical application, this letter is an invitation to participate in God's community of joy. In this series, we will discover what it means to live with joy, what potentially kills joy, and how a new … Continue reading New Teaching/Sermon Series Begins This Sunday
Listen or download the audio from our recent Creekstone Leadership Retreat held at the church offices. The audio is also on our website's media player and on iTunes. The handouts are attached below as well.
This is the audio from this past Sunday's Creekstone service, as well as a study guide for individuals and families to use as sermon follow up discussion/study. You may also listen/download the audio and discussion guide from the media player on the Creekstone website. And we are now podcasting our audio on iTunes as well. … Continue reading Turning from Idols • Luke 18:18-27 (audio sermon & discussion guide)
Our office printer/copier/etc. arrived today. Can't wait to get it set up and have the Creekstone offices cooking with gas! Thanks to our generous supporters for the special donations that enabled us to purchase our office 5 in 1.
In honor of the bride of my youth and mother of my children. "Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: 'Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.'" ~ Proverbs 31:28-29
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These pics are from the recent Mother (yes, Mother)-Son Adventure on the ropes course behind Perimeter Church. Notice that Schaeffer's lunch consists of about 7 Milky Ways and a chocolate chip cookie. 🙂 See the full gallery on Posterous