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 … Continue reading Personal Ability and Strength = Hypocrisy

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 … Continue reading Sermon notes for Sunday’s Message (12.23.12)

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 … Continue reading Maintaining a Gospel-Centered Church Culture (Timmy Brister)

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

Tweets that Have Helped Center Me on the Gospel Today

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

“The Power of Deep Rest”

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”