This is today's Creekstone message. For more on the "re-discovery" of the gospel by Martin Luther and why October 31 is so historically significant, see this post.
“The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellarful of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two hundred proof grace— one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us single-handedly.” Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon and Three (San Francisco: Harper and … Continue reading 200 Proof Grace
October 31 is one of the most historic days in human history, and surprising to many, it has nothing to do with costumes or candy. On this day in 1517, Dr. Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the University chapel in Wittenberg, Germany. In this thesis, he challenged the Church’s sale … Continue reading October 31 and Radical Grace
In his classic, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis talks about The Great Sin. Concerning this sin, he says, "the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others." What is this great, ultimate, most devastating of all sins? Pride, or self-conceit. Lewis goes on: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God … Continue reading The Great Sin
The crew enjoyed some horseback riding on Sunday while picking up a new puppy (a Poogle named Duncan - the dog in Ann Ferris' lap) from our friends, the Weavers, who live just outside of Dahlonega. See the full gallery on Posterous
via facebook.com Thanks Shari for sharing this classic "how to" video on church planting. So helpful!
"I have finished the race." Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7 Yep. I really did finish the Murfreesboro Half Marathon a couple of weeks ago. Here is the evidence. 🙂 Looking forward to the XTERRA 15K/9.3 mile trial race in Roswell in two Saturdays.
Here is a lecture that I presented to a group of college guys in the spring of 2010. If you have struggled with baptism or have questions, check this out. If more questions are raised, then let me know. I'd love to work through the issues with you.
Have you ever seen two coaches or players on the sideline have a disagreement that turns loud, and then into a fist fight. It's ugly. When did they forget that they are on the same team, and that a "house divided" can't stand? I believe the enemy wants to get a foot in the door … Continue reading Playing on the Same Team
In preparing for our men's DiG Group this week, I recalled one of my favorite skits. Here, Bob Newhart gives a common remedy for our problems with sin and funkiness. If only it were so easy! This is a classic. via youtube.com
"Christianity is not a move from vice to virtue, but a move from virtue to grace." ~ Gerhard Fredie Chew on that a while. It goes with some choice quotes from Becky Long's article, "A Perfect Mess" (which is a reading assignment in our DiG Group study). “I was a Christian, but I lived under … Continue reading Moving from Virtue to Grace
On Sunday mornings at Creekstone we have folks fill out a "Keeping in Touch" form. It's got a place for contact information, how folks heard about the church, groups to get in, ways to serve, and a section for comments and prayer requests. I have been in contexts where, if someone were to make a … Continue reading The Gift of Encouragement
I first heard the acrostic in a seminary class. A professor was "reminiscing" about his pastoring days and mentioned that there were always a few EGRs in the congregation. What does EGR stand for? His reply, "Extra Grace Required." The more I have reflected on that revelation, I have come to see at least two … Continue reading Are You an EGR?
I finished Born to Run the night before my first 13.1 (half marathon) this Saturday. The book is quite inspirational. But it is more. It provides some remarkable research that challenges modern conceptions concerning the need for expensive running shoes—and how those kinds of shoes have made our feet weak (like plush recliners for the … Continue reading Should I Toss My Nikes?
Click here for the link to today's message, The Grace-Centered Marriage: Submission and Sacrifice, Part 2.
For the full article, go here. According to the article, "The black bear is connected to Ole Miss through one of Oxford's famous residents, Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner, who penned 'The Bear.' In it, Old Ben stands as a symbol of pride, strength and toughness. The tale of the 'teddy bear' originated with the story … Continue reading Ole Miss’ New Mascot is Unveiled
After serving in a volunteer status for the past year doing groundwork for our morning launch, three guys are now serving Creekstone as part-time staff: Matt Stephenson, Jesse Turk and Elijah Merrett. Below are their positions and general ministry descriptions, in addition to attending a weekly staff team meeting and other miscellaneous ministry "opportunities" that … Continue reading Introducing Creekstone’s New Staff and K-Group Reps
In a blog post by Jonathan Acuff, he quotes his #1 Pastor's Kid Gone Wild, Daniel Tosh, saying: "Money doesn’t buy happiness.” Uh, do you live in America? ‘Cause it buys a WaveRunner. Have you ever seen a sad person on a WaveRunner? Have you? Seriously, have you? Try to frown on a WaveRunner. You … Continue reading Money Can Buy Happiness After All
1. Blood Mountain is an AT classic, and a pretty challenging hike with regard to elevation. This is not for very small children who likely will tucker out on the way up. If you don't mind carrying Junior, feel free to take him with you! UNREAL views at the top -- one of if not the … Continue reading My Favorite Places to Hike/Visit in North Georgia
Ultramarathoner and nuclear engineer, Epharim Romesberg, wrote about being sixty-five miles into the Badwater Ultramarathon (a 135 mile race through Death Valley). His commentary on his status may have some application for the rest of us at times in a variety of ways and life contexts. I definitely can see this quote eventually, somehow making … Continue reading Goal Re-Evaluation
Here is a link to this morning's Creekstone message, Submission and Sacrifice, Part 1. Continuing a series in Ephesians, today was the first in a two (or three)-part mini-series discussing marriage in the context of the gospel. Below is the message handout. If you think you know what submission means, and it bothers you, listen. You … Continue reading Marriage in the Context of the Gospel: Submission and Sacrifice, Part 1
At the encouragement of long-time friend and fellow running enthusiast/addict, Stu Keyes, I am reading Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall. Absolutely fascinating! I'll let y'all know how it turns out. Thanks, Stu.
via youtube.com Are you looking for a fun and creative ministry to get involved in? The Audio/Video Team has a big need for volunteers. No experience required! If you are interested, come join us at Creekstone’s new Audio/Visual Training Workshop on October 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Creekstone offices on the … Continue reading Creekstone’s Audio/Video Training Workshop—Satruday, Oct. 23
My first book, The Bronze Serpent: A Collection of Prayers for Living All of Life in View of the Cross, has just been published and is available online here. Soon it will be available in the Perimeter Church bookstore, as well as on Amazon.com and other online retailers. You may order in paperback or as an immediate … Continue reading My First Book is Now Available
Taking a few days off to get a writing project finished and spend some extra time with the fam. Be back later in the week. Thanks for checking in!