Preaching Grace in 2014

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 cannot but…

How to Do the Impossible (A Sanctification Parable)

A while back I had a conversation with my kids about doing the impossible. Now, it was not a pop-psychology, self-esteem message about how you can do anything you set your mind to do. Actually, we can’t do anything we set our minds to. We cannot do the impossible, because the impossible is, well, impossible….

Keller’s Three Perspectives of the Gospel

I recently heard Dr. Tim Keller speaking about the three perspectives of the gospel as a lens for doing gospel-centered applications in sermons. I found them helpful. The Theological Perspective. The gospel contains certain historical and theological facts that are to shape my thinking about God and mankind. The Devotional Perspective. The gospel facts make…

Grace-Centered Marriage Seminar (audio)

This is the audio from Creekstone’s recent Grace-Centered Marriage Seminar led by my wife, Kristy, and me. It was geared for engaged couples and newleyweds, but is applicable for folks at any stage of marriage. Covering both theological and practical issues, we hope that this material is helpful toward facilitating a more grace-centered experience of…

You Don’t Have to Fake It Anymore

Creekstone is guided by five core commitments that we believe will help us fulfill our mission “to glorify God by helping people come alive to the wonder of the gospel.” Number two is a commitment to Grace-Driven Community. In other words, we want to be a safe place for sinful people. This means that you…

“We, Not Me” • 1 Peter 5:1-5 (sermon)

This is part 3 is our series, Life Together: Experiencing the Church as the Family of God. In this message, we talk about the Bible’s teaching on church membership, that those who are members of THE church family (globally) are assumed to be members of A church family (locally). In other words, like grapes grow…

Take the Next Step

This past Sunday at Creekstone we talked about the Bible’s teaching on church membership, that those who are members of THE church family (globally) are assumed to be members of A church family (locally). In other words, like grapes grow in clusters on a vine, so do Christians. If you missed the message, let me…

This Week is Bluegrass Sunday at Creekstone!

This week is Bluegrass Sunday at Creekstone! About every four months or so our worship team prepares a special Sunday of music led with mandolins, violins (fiddles!), slide guitars, harmonicas, etc. If you have never experienced a Bluegrass Sunday, this is your opportunity. Hope to see you Sunday. I think you’ll be glad that you…

What to do Before Your Kids Leave Home

In an interview with Marilyn Stewart in December 2013, Nancy Pearcy, author of Total Truth and Saving Leonardo, describes the importance of providing a place to doubt and wrestle through tough questions and how that relates to why many youth lose their once-affirmed Christian convictions after they leave home. In Saving Leonardo I describe a…