One Way to Ruin Your Marriage and Children

As you may know, the Mega Million lottery is up to about $540 million (and probably will grow higher). Standing in a convenience store today, I considered buying a ticket (just for fun, of course). I began to imagine all the good that I could do with such a prize (think rationalization). Then a passage…

Is Church Membership Biblical?

In a word: yes. This subject is on my mind because tonight we begin our next Creekstone 101 class at my house, which serves as our Inquirers/Membership course. Since the question about membership being “biblical” usually arises, I decided to put something together as a resource. This is not extensive, but does serve as a…

Open House Today for CHP New Facility

All Creekstone folks are invited to attend the Community Helping Place’s Open House to celebrate their new facility (and view the new staircase built by Creekstone members). Here is the info:

Law and Gopsel, Part 1 (by Tullian Tchividjian)

Today we welcome guest blogger, Tullian Tchividjian, who is posting a series of blogs for The Gospel Coalition on the distinction between the law and the gospel. Part one is below. What do you think?  –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– For centuries, Reformational Theologians have rightly noted that in the Bible God speaks two fundamentally different words: law and gospel….

The Miracle Grow of the Soul

Archibald Alexander, in Thoughts Concerning Religious Experience (1844): “Why is there so little advancement made [in living the Christian life]? First, there is a defect in our belief in the freeness of divine grace. To exercise unshaken confidence in the doctrine of gratuitous pardon is one of the most difficult things in the world… Christians…

Creekstone Youth Retreat Photos

Here are some pics of our memories at Ridge Haven Retreat Center near Brevard N.C., March 16-18, 2012. What a great weekend! See the full gallery on Posterous

God Never Comes Through For Me… and Other Issues

This week’s sermon passage, Romans 8:26-28, is one of those remarkable vistas on the journey to the peak of Romans 8—a peak that we eventually will experience on Easter Sunday. In some ways, this is a training passage, preparing us to trust God now in advance of those times that otherwise would paralyze us with…

Relationships Are Like Gardens

Wise words from Paul Tripp from a recent blog post at the Gospel Coalition. His audience is vocational ministry leaders, but consider how this applies to marriage, parenting and friendship. I think if I took this to heart, my relationships would benefit all across the board. There is no doubt about it: too many of…