A Law and Gospel DTR

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…

Toward a Profile of a Mature and Equipped Follower of Jesus

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…

The Bronze Serpent Discounted for Cyber Monday

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,…

Seeking D.L. Moody’s Experience with the Father

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….

Thanksgiving 2011 Photos

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

The Main Point

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.”…

A Preview of This Week’s Message

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. 

A Personal Message to My Creekstone Friends

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…

Turning My Stress List Into a Prayer List

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…

The Latest Creekstone News

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…