The Pastor, His Children and Church Planting

Thanks to Mac Lake for his helpful posts on mistakes pastors make in sacrificing the wrong things in ministry. These mistakes can be made in any vocation, but seem to be particularly hazardous for us church planting types. Click on the image below to see a more high res shot. To read more, Mac’s blog…

How to Help in the Aftermath of the Storms

This just in from Arklie Hooten, MNA Disaster Relief Coordinator: Recent storms have left catastrophic damage all across the southern and southeastern US. MNA Disaster Response continues working with churches in the affected areas to help assess damages and determine how best to utilize volunteers. We anticipate there will be major financial and physical needs….

Summer Movies Under the Stars in Hancock Park!

Free Family Movie Night in Hancock Park, second Fridays May through August.  Movies begin at dusk. 2011 Movie ScheduleMay 13 – TANGLEDJune 10 – DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2July 8 – RIOAug 12 – RANGO  All proceeds from consessions will benefit the Lumpkin Youth Leadership Program. 

No More Spiritual Cosmetics

“The good news is that we can stop lying to ourselves. The sweet sound of amazing grace saves us from the necessity of self-deception… As a sinner who has been redeemed, I can acknowledge that I am often unloving, irritable, angry and resentful with those closest to me. When I go to church I can…

Creekstone Easter Pictures

Thanks to Jay Smorey for capturing a few pictures from Creekstone’s first Easter service.  See the full gallery on Posterous

The Great Eucatastrophe • Mark 16:1-8

If you were visiting family or merely providentially hindered from attending today’s Easter service at Creekstone, let me encourage you to listen to the finale of our series in the Gospel of Mark. I hope you will be encouraged.

The Gospel Poor and Making Peace with the Brokenness

“The deeper we grow in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the poorer we become—the more we realize that everything in life is a gift. The tenor of our lives becomes one of humble and joyful thanksgiving…. The poor man and woman of the gospel have made peace with their flawed existence. They are aware of…

Images from the Lenten Luncheon on April 5

Creekstone hosted the April 5 Lenten Luncheon at Dahlonega Baptist. Here are some highlights. I taught, our worship team led music, and we all enjoyed a good meal.  See the full gallery on Posterous

Good Friday’s Prefix for Catastrophe

Today is the day we remember the brutal crucifixion of Jesus. How, then, can we call this “Good” Friday? To the original disciples, it was the darkest of dark days. It was the end of hope and the beginning of despair. They had witnessed a catastrophe of cosmic proportions. How would this day come to…

A Birthday Breakfast

Here is Kristy’s special birthday breakfast served in bed last Saturday. And yep, those are whole wheat pancakes. Not bad, huh?! 🙂  

Images from Bear on the Square

Bear on the Square is Dahlonega’s spring festival that celebrates the area’s Appalachian heritage and culture. We attended on Saturday, which was a bit overcast, windy and cold. Sunday turned out to be a world-class day. Overall, the festival was enjoyed by over 40,000 people. See the full gallery on Posterous