Church Growing Pains: Know Which Game You are Playing

Mark Driscoll has produced a number of vodcasts dealing with various issues in church leadership. One segment describes the different phases church plants go through as they grow. According to Driscoll, in order for the planter to be effective in leading the church through these transitions, he needs to know which game he is playing:…

Confessions of a Liberated Pastor

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” ~ The Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:1 I have not preached in two weeks, which means I have had some extra time to read and reflect in ways and on subjects that…

K-Group Photos

Creekstone’s redesigned K-Group ministry (fellowship/home groups) launched last night. Here are some photos of the group that meets in our home and the home of Allison and Jesse Turk.  See the full gallery on Posterous

The Eighth and Greatest Wonder of the Ancient World

This map of the seven wonders of the ancient world should include and eighth, and greatest wonder, which was located just outside of Jerusalem for just one day around 30 A.D. Though its scope is incomprehensible,  seeking to gain greater understanding into its significance is at the heart of Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3: 16 I pray…

Help Bring Vlad Home!

Some dear friends of ours, Connie and Jeff Pruitt, are in the process of adopting a 12-year-old boy from the Ukraine. His name is Vlad (above in the center of the photo wearing the blue M&M shirt). Some of you met him when he was living with the Pruitt’s this summer. The above photo is…

A Dream Come True

Typically, Tuesday (today) is one of my weekly “focus on the Sunday sermon” days. However, this week Creekstone is not having a Sunday morning service. So time for some golf, right?! For starters, I don’t really play golf (because I don’t like to cuss in public). I like to hike or run trails. Second, it’s…

Mission and Discipleship

Thanks to Craig Salee for sending me to Mike Breen’s blog, where he says that the mission of the church will fail without a conscious, intentional focus on discipleship.   Here is a quote:  “There is a reason so many movements in the Western church have failed in the past century: They are a car without an…

Ground Zero

Some of the most striking images for me in the aftermath of 9-11 were the firefighters digging through the rubble at ground zero looking for survivors. It was dangerous, hard work. They were heros and should be recognized as such as our nation remembers their sacrifice on 9.1.01. What if Lumpkin County were ground zero…

The Oxygen of Grace

In a recent article on preaching by Tim Keller, he says,  “I have often had the experience of people who have been converted… come to see me some time later and tell me about what happened to them. What they have so often said is, ‘When we first came to the Church we really did…