This is the Creekstone message on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
You will be glad you watched this short clip taken on a bus in New York. Be sure to watch up to the point where the woman says, through tears, "Free roses!" https://youtu.be/yVzAC7mLxJw
This 2 minute video reveals a new component to Creekstone Sunday messages: Next Steps. This is a time when we will get really practical about how grace changes everything. So, get ready to take your “next steps" this Sunday!
This video exhibits clearly, and yes, shockingly, the heart of why Creekstone Church exists. Thanks to Beckie Johnson for bringing this video to my attention. #thepeopleofthecross
This is the Creekstone message for Sunday, April 19th.
Reflecting on 1 & 2 Kings, Eugene Peterson says, "Sovereignty, God's sovereignty, is one of the most difficult things for people of faith to live out in everyday routines. But we have no choice: God is sovereign." Maybe this is because there is something of a control freak living in me. The Bible calls it … Continue reading The Difficulty of God’s Sovereignty
“Faith comes by hearing...” ~ Romans 10:17 In the Preface to Martin Luther's Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians, he writes about the necessity to preach and believe the doctrine of justification (passive righteousness), constantly preaching it, teaching it, repeating it and living by it as the way to walk with Jesus. There is a … Continue reading Listen to This
Below is an adapted version of Rod Rosenbladt's article, "Christ Died for the Sins of Christians, Too," where he discusses the need to emphasize the "alien" character of the gospel—the fact that the message about Jesus is primarily something outside of us, rahter than inside of us. There is an "inside" work of God, but … Continue reading An Alien Gospel
"The heart of most religions is good advice, good techniques, good programs, good ideas, and good support systems. These drive us deeper into ourselves, to find our inner light, inner goodness, inner voice, or inner resources... But the heart of Christianity is Good News. It comes not as a task for us to fulfill, a mission … Continue reading Good News vs. Good Advice
We love our college students at Creekstone and will miss them while they are away over the summer. And some are graduating! So, this Sunday we want to commission them for their summer away, or for their future plans, by recognizing them and praying for them. So, if you are a UNG student, c'mon and … Continue reading A Special Creekstone Event This Week – UNG SUNDAY
This is the Creekstone message for Sunday, April 12.
I will be discussing Ed a bit in tomorrow's message. Here is what the Huffington Post / Good News had to say about this video: If Ed Dobson had given up on his life 13 years ago, he'd have missed walking his daughter down the aisle. He wouldn't have met his grandchildren. His story would have … Continue reading Ed’s Story
A huge thanks to Sydney and Larry Catlett for the gift of a study cottage in Monteagle, TN this past week. It was one of the most fruitful times of personal study and prayer, as well as ministry planning and visioneering, that I have experienced. Pretty much came away with a 20 year plan for … Continue reading Thanks to Sydney and Larry Catlett!
I have been on a personal retreat since Monday. It has been one of the most fruitful times of personal prayer, ministry planning and visioneering that I have had in a long time. I feel so refreshed. Energized... and ready to re-engage with a new commitment to and enthusiasm for the mission of our church as well as … Continue reading Vision Retreat
This is the Creekstone Easter message for Sunday, April 5, 2015.