A Tribute to My Eldest Daughter on Her 17th Birthday

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…

What Kind of Church Would You Drive an Hour to Attend?

“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…

More Than a Mere Flesh Wound

“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…

Personal Ability and Strength = Hypocrisy

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…

DETOUR 4: An Unexpected Journey (Luke 2:8-20)

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

Sermon notes for Sunday’s Message (12.23.12)

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…

A Lesson from Longfellow

“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…

A Letter from My Father

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…

Processing the Newtown Tragedy – A Sermon (Dec. 16, 2012)

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

Maintaining a Gospel-Centered Church Culture (Timmy Brister)

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…

Understanding How Evil Fits within God’s Providence (J.I. Packer)

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…