One of the biggest mistakes parents make is focusing on rules and obedience. As Elyse Fitzpatrick, author of Give Them Grace (the best book on parenting out there!), says, "One thing is for sure: we aren't to give our children the law to make them good. It won't, because it can't." Tullian Tchividjian agrees, saying, … Continue reading Don’t Make This Mistake!
"To see the Law by Christ fulfilled, To hear His pardoning voice, Changes a slave into a child And duty into choice." ~ Love Constraining to Obedience, William Cowpwer, 1779
This is a stand alone Creekstone message from Luke 15.
Psychologists have diagnosed a disorder that affects the vast majority of the human population and it is likely that you have it. I do. It is a dangerous and deceptive condition called “illusory superiority.” This simply means that we tend to inflate our positive qualities and abilities, especially in comparison to other people, and minimize … Continue reading Do You Have Illusory Superiority Syndrome?
These quotes comparing justification and sanctification are from one of my favorite books, True Spirituality, by Francis Schaeffer. "In justification, the basis is the finished work of Jesus Christ; in sanctification, it [also] is the finished work of Christ. In justification, we must see, acknowledge, and act upon the fact that we cannot save ourselves. … Continue reading Raising Empty Hands of Faith
Walter Marshall says, “By nature, you are completely addicted to [a] legal method of salvation. Even after you become a Christian by believing the gospel, your heart is still addicted to salvation by works.” After all, if the Apostle Peter could slip back into self-justification (Gal. 2), so can I. And I do. And so … Continue reading Consciously and Continuously
Eusibius (265-339 AD) wrote the first post-apostolic history of the church. Until Eusibius’ day, the church had been under fierce persecution and the luxury to sit down in the ivory tower and write was not available. However, in 312 Emperor Constantine was converted to Christianity, and in 313, declared the Edict of Milan, granting religious … Continue reading Exhaustive Sovereignty
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 … Continue reading Giving Your Kids a Safe Place to Wrestle with Tough Questions
The sinner's prayer, as expressed in Augustus Toplady's famous hymn, Rock of Ages.
In Isaiah 55:1, God says, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” I have read that one hundred times and missed the critical word—no. The invitation to the king’s banquet is not … Continue reading You Have to Have Nothing
Thanks to Mark Driscoll for providing this helpful graphic that describes the difference between conviction and condemnation.
As many of you know, in order for Creekstone to "particularize" as our own church, we need to be financially self-sustaining. To this point, there has remained a gap between our financial budget need and our local giving (which is to be expected for a while in a college town context). However, last month's financial … Continue reading Big News! A Creekstone Financial Update
This is message #3 in our Easter sermon series, Resurrection in 3D.
My deepest appreciation goes to Dr. Tim Keller for the foundational concepts concerning the gospel which have influenced this primer. In fact, he has influenced a generation. For that, I am grateful to God.
Are you a parent? You'll get it. Enjoy.
This is message #2 is our April sermon series, Resurrection in 3D.
A blog post by Dr. Ed Welch says that fighting sin is tiring. It is hard. Exhausting. And he is right, because any fight is going to drain physical and psychological resources. So, some encouragement. If you are fighting sin (not in light of the law, but in light of the gospel), and have been … Continue reading Fatigued from the Fight?