I was scrolling through the 18,000 pictures in my iPhoto app last night watching you grow up right before my eyes. So many memories. So many smiles. I love your smile! You know that they say that time flies. They are right. It is hard to believe that today is your 17th birthday. Seventeenth! How … Continue reading A Tribute to My Eldest Daughter on Her 17th Birthday
"What kind of church would I drive an hour to attend?" This is the question that haunted me today as I drove down GA 400 to attend a church in Roswell, about 45 miles south of Dahlonega. The Sunday after Christmas Day is one of my stated "Sunday's off" from preaching at Creekstone and I … Continue reading What Kind of Church Would You Drive an Hour to Attend?
"Christianity is... for everyone, but especially for people who admit that, where it really counts, they’re weak. It is for people who have the particular kind of strength to admit that their flaws are not superficial, their heart is deeply disordered, and that they are incapable of rectifying themselves. It is for those who can … Continue reading More Than a Mere Flesh Wound
Today I am pleased to welcome guest blogger and friend, Dave McCarty, who has a good word of grace for us today: "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy," said Jesus. Hypocrisy? Trying to appear strong/together. Dishonest about weaknesses, failure, neediness. Invisible pride. Appearing strong/together/un-needy has unconsciously been my main core value all … Continue reading Personal Ability and Strength = Hypocrisy
This is this year's Creekstone Christmas sermon, An Unexpected Journey, which is also the fourth message in our Advent Series, DETOUR: When Life Doesn't Go As Planned. Detour 4 - An Unexpected Journey • Luke 2:8 - 20 by Mckay Caston Listen on Posterous
DETOUR #4: When Life Doesn't Go As Planned • An Unexpected Journey In The Hobbit, Gandalf tells Bilbo Baggins that he may not return from his unexpected journey, but that if he does, the hobbit will not be the same. Unexpected journeys, adventures, change us. In our passage, we witness an unexpected journey. The journey changes … Continue reading Sermon notes for Sunday’s Message (12.23.12)
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"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" is a Christmas carol based on the 1863 poem "Christmas Bells" by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. During the Civil War, Longfellow's eldest son, Charles, joined the Union army without his father's blessing. Charles soon got an appointment as a lieutenant but then was severely wounded in the … Continue reading A Lesson from Longfellow
Thanks to whomever wrote this note and put it on my desk at the Creekstone office. Obviously, you know much of my story. I was moved and am grateful. It reads: McKay, my son, Happy Birthday! How I rejoiced that day you were born! Even more when you were born again. Do you know that … Continue reading A Letter from My Father
This is the message the Sunday following the Newtown, CT, tragedy. How can we process something so unthinkable? In the context of God's wise, good and perfect providence, we are called to trust, grieve and hope. For more, just listen here. DETOUR_3_-_Processing_the_Newtown_Tragedy_Trust,_Grief_and_Hope.mp3 Listen on Posterous
Today's guest blogger is Timmy Brister, who posts at his blog, Provocations and Pantings. He wrote a helpful column recently that I want to share, with the hope that it will contribute to maintaining the gospel-centeredness of Creekstone Church. Here is the post: ___________________________________________________________________________________ One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned about leadership in the … Continue reading Maintaining a Gospel-Centered Church Culture (Timmy Brister)
In today's study for Sunday's message, I came across a section in Concise Theology (pp. 55-56), by J.I. Packer, where he provides a helpful survey of God's providence, and especially how evil fits into God's plan. Clear thinking about God’s involvement in the world-process and in the acts of rational creatures requires complementary sets … Continue reading Understanding How Evil Fits within God’s Providence (J.I. Packer)
This is the second message is our advent series, DETOUR. DETOUR_2_-_Grief_and_Glory_•_Matthew_2_1-23.mp3 Listen on Posterous
DETOUR: When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned, Part 2 of 4 — “Grief and Glory” - Matthew 2:1-23 In the 1830s, Daniel Baker had a dream... but his wagon broke down. William Benchoff’s bio of Daniel Baker, “...his belief was clear and constant that the finger of God was in every event, from the greatest … Continue reading Sermon notes for Sunday, December 9, 2012
I need help staying centered on the gospel. These tweets from Tullian Tchividjian have helped me today: If you feel compelled to respond every time you're criticized it reveals just how much you've built your identity on being right. The fact that there is "no condemnation for those who are in Christ" doesn't change when you fail. The … Continue reading Tweets that Have Helped Center Me on the Gospel Today
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This is the first message in Creekstone's Advent series, DETOUR: When Life Doesn't Go as Planned. DETOUR_1_-_My_Plans_&_God's_Plans_•_Mt._1_18-25.mp3 Listen on Posterous
Today's guest blogger is Dr. Tim Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Manhattan, New York. He is also co-founder and vice president of The Gospel Coalition. For more resources by Tim Keller visit Redeemer City to City. ------------------------------------------------------------- The Power of Deep Rest. There is a symbiotic relationship between work and rest. Of … Continue reading “The Power of Deep Rest”
This is the story I mentioned in the message this morning about Ben Petrick, the baseball phenom who developed early onset Parkinson's at 23 years old, ending a promising, and potentially Hall of Fame, major league baseball career. (via espn.com)
From what I understand, Martin Luhter spoke of two kinds of power: right-handed power and left-handed power. Right handed power is the strength of man. It is what we can do in our own ability. Left handed power is the strength of God in man. It is what he can do in and through our … Continue reading Left-Handed Power
DETOUR: When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned, Part 1 of 4 • “My Plans & God’s Plans” (Matthew 1:18-25) I. You probably have never heard of Ben Petrick. Like Ben, we all face detours. Life often doesn't go as planned. II. This same thing was true for Mary and Joseph —> Mt. 1:18-25 III. What can … Continue reading Sermon notes for Sunday, December 2, 2012