When two people have a DTR, they "define the relationship." What about the relationship between the law and the gospel in Christian theology? They seem to be at odds, but actually function in such as way as to make them good friends. Bob Thune and Will Walker have designed a 9-lesson study called, The Gospel-Centered … Continue reading A Law and Gospel DTR
I had a meeting yesterday with a fellow pastor who talked about having a general profile for a "mature and equipped follower of Jesus." Having this basic picture is not used to judge folks, but is used to encourage men and women who enter into a formal discipleship relationship what they can expect to see … Continue reading Toward a Profile of a Mature and Equipped Follower of Jesus
Lulu.com is offering my book, The Bronze Serpent: Living All of Life in View of the Cross, at 30% off today (11.28.11). Just go here and input promo code CYBERMONDAY to claim your discount! There is also an e-book version here. By the way, my next book, The A+ for the F: A Primer in the Gospel for Everyday Folks, … Continue reading The Bronze Serpent Discounted for Cyber Monday
Here are the sermon notes for this week's message. The audio is here. Until next Sunday, have a great week! Romans_5.1-5.the_anxiety_cure.pdf Download this file
Dwight (D.L.) Moody was a pastor and evangelist in Chicago during the great Chicago fire of 1871. In his biography of Mr. Moody, Gilchrist Lawson says, “[He] went East to New York City to collect funds for the sufferers from the Chicago fire, but his heart and soul were crying out for the power from on high. … Continue reading Seeking D.L. Moody’s Experience with the Father
We spent Thanksgiving Day in Benton, MS, with four generations of Kristy's family at Papaw's home in the country. It was a day defined by perfect weather, lots of home cookin', a family football game, multiple rounds of red rover, four-wheeler riding, fishing, rifle shooting and more. See the full gallery on Posterous
Tuesday, in my study for Sunday's message, I came across a wonderful quote from Robert Haldane's 19th century commentary on Romans. He says, "Preserving the conscience free from guilt by continual application to the blood of Christ, is the main point in the believer's walk with God, and is the powerful spring of his obedience." … Continue reading The Main Point
The message this week will be from Romans 5:1-5, entitled "The Anxiety Cure." For more on this theme and how we can turn a stress list into a prayer list, read a recent post on my blog here.
Hello friends, As my family prepares to spend time with extended family this Thanksgiving, I wanted you to know how thankful I am for you. Creekstone has been such a huge, huge blessing in my life, that I really can't properly express how grateful I am for our fellowship and how expectant I am for … Continue reading A Personal Message to My Creekstone Friends
As I reflect upon my life this Thanksgiving, I recognize that being grateful is not a natural inclination of my heart. Sadly, I allow my mind to focus on troubles and trials rather than on sovereignty and sanctification. This leads to a complaining spirit. Ugh. But, as a remedy, the gospel does not call me to … Continue reading Turning My Stress List Into a Prayer List
K-Groups meet again this Sunday evening, Nov. 27. For more info, go here. Operation Christmas Child • Remember to bring your OCC boxes to Creekstone this Sunday! Free Gift Wrapping at Wal-Mart • We are putting together a service opportunity that will connect us with lots of folks in our community and bless them at the … Continue reading The Latest Creekstone News
Here is the audio for today's Creekstone message along with the sermon notes. You may also listen on our website audio player here or subscibe to our podcast via iTunes.
Do you struggle with insecurity issues, with overwork (can't hang it up when you get home), or find yourself overly ambitious in a way that you know is unhealthy and obsessive? The gospel has some helpful things to say. We'll talk about it tomorrow at Creekstone Church.
Kristy had each member of the family write down a number of things for which we are thankful and hung them on our "Thanksgiving Tree" (cut from the back yard and placed in the den). It is a bit Charlie Brownish, but I really like it.
Several weeks ago, Schaeffer, Sarah Wynn and I enjoyed some time exploring the woods behind our house. Here are some photos from the expedition. See the full gallery on Posterous
This Sunday at Creekstone we are going to recite The Apostles' Creed. The word creed comes from the Latin word credo, which means "to believe." This earliest form of this statement of faith goes back to around 150 A.D. So, while the apostles didn't write the creed, it is a very ancient survey of sound … Continue reading Questions About the Creed for This Sunday
I am part of a group of guys who meet on Wednesday mornings at 6:00 a.m. to study the Bible, work out the implications of the gospel into our lives, and pray for each other. Today was particularly nourishing manna for my soul. We are going through "The Gospel-Centered Life" curriculum and are in chapter … Continue reading The End of the Struggle
Last week in a press conference, UGA football coach Mark Richt provided a rich gospel perspective on his life and vocation: “I love the game of football. I love my job. I love Georgia. But what I do is not who I am,” Richt said. “I think sometimes if we become what we do, and … Continue reading What I Do is Not Who I Am
A recent CNN.com article about Twitter founder, Jack Dorsey, described how he is able to manage both Twitter and Square, two of the tech industry's fastest growing companies. According to the article, here is what he says about how he manages his time: "The only way to do this is to be very disciplined. I … Continue reading A Helpful Productivity Lesson from Jack Dorsey
Scenes from the latest Caston/Turk K-Group get together, Sunday, Nov. 13. See the full gallery on Posterous
On Sarah Wynn's fall bucketlist is a hayride, or was a hayride. Thanks to our frirends, the Weavers, she has been able to cross that one off the list. See the full gallery on Posterous
Here is the sermon info from yesterday's service. The audio is here and the notes are below. Romans_4.1-12.status_update.pdf Download this file
At a moment in his life when his sin was searing his soul with grief, King David turned to the Lord, whom he knew was a God of grace and the justifer of the ungodly. These are words for the broken. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to … Continue reading Words for the Broken
These are a few of the photos from our Halloween/Reformation Day outing with friends. See the full gallery on Posterous
Here is an article that my wife, Kristy, wrote concerning the recent Personhood Amendment that failed to pass in Mississippi. I found it very helpful with regard to thinking through an emotional issue from a biblical worldview. ____________________________________ I don't usually post statements like this, but after reading many posts concerning Mississippi Amemdment 26, I … Continue reading Personhood and Truth