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: … Continue reading Church Growing Pains: Know Which Game You are Playing
"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 … Continue reading Confessions of a Liberated Pastor
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
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 … Continue reading The Eighth and Greatest Wonder of the Ancient World
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 … Continue reading Help Bring Vlad Home!
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 … Continue reading A Dream Come True
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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 … Continue reading Mission and Discipleship
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 … Continue reading Ground Zero
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 … Continue reading The Oxygen of Grace
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Today I will be studying in Romans 2:1-16 (maybe to the end of the chapter), preparing for this Sunday's Creekstone message. Please pray for me if you think about it. I don't want to rush this process, which is so easy to do with a multitude of details swirling about: emails, FB messages, DMs from … Continue reading Sunday Messages Are Not Fast Food
Loved hanging out with this crew at the Country Cafe' for b'fast today before worship with Creekstone Church. My favorite worship arts team anywhere!
Here is the outline of the seminar I gave to the Dahlonega Young Professionals Group yesterday at Yahoola Creek Grill.