A Pastoral Response to the SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

As lead pastor for Creekstone Church, I would like to provide some perspective for our faith community on how I am processing the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-gender marriage. Regardless of your present position on the issue, please read to the end, knowing that there is so much more I would like to say. I trust…

Pastoral Reflections on Tullian Tchividjian’s Pastoral Tragedy

Until recently, Tullian Tchividjian served as Lead Pastor for Coral Ridge PCA in Ft. Lauderdale. He also founded Liberate, a ministry that existed to connect God’s inexhaustible grace to an exhausted world. On Sunday it was announced to Coral Ridge that he and his wife had succumbed to extramarital affairs and that he had resigned as pastor. Subsequently and…

Living by Faith

Francis Schaeffer, in one of my all-time favorite books, True Spirituality: “I’m convinced…that this is when we begin to make our forward steps as Christians: When I know through experience that I can lay hold of Christ’s blood by faith to cover my sins this morning, and then to cover my sins this afternoon, even…

Just Words

While reading tonight in Paul Miller’s book, A Praying Life, he said something that rang too true in my experience. He describes the disconnect that takes place when my heart gets out of tune with God. He says, “I continue to perform and say Christian things, but they are just words.” That is the place…

Moving from Virtue to Grace / Matthew 23:25-26

The Lutheran professor, Dr. G. Ferdie, said, “The gospel is not a movement from vice to virtue, but rather, a movement from virtue to grace.” The idea is that when exposed as a sinner (our vice), we naturally attempt to become virtuous (i.e., we try to “be good” or at least be better). The big problem…

An Illustration of Justification

Ray Ortlund says: “There’s your picture on a baseball card. Turn it over, and whose stats, season by season, do you find there? Not yours, but Jesus’. A great career.”

Slow This Train Down!

I have been reading a book by Dr. Archibald D. Hart, entitled, The Hidden Link Between Adrenaline and Stress. His thesis is that the adrenaline hormone is released by stress, which if allowed to continue flowing, creates “stress damage” upon the body, especially on the heart. He calls this negative impact “hurry sickness.” It’s a…

Calling All Sinners!

Joseph Hart wrote this hymn in 1759, which is one of the most beautiful gospel invitations ever penned. Let’s personalize this and respond by gathering on Sunday at the high school to sing of God’s glorious grace. For as we say over and over, grace changes everything. 1. Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched, Weak…

John 1:43-51, “Joining the Redemptive Mission of Jesus”

Here are some reflections on John 1:43-51… Jesus is the Great missionary (Jesus goes, finds, and calls)– it is our great privilege to join HIS mission to reach and disciple the lost (v. 43) The Old Testament is a foreshadowing of Jesus (vv. 44-45) Don’t despise small town ministry— Jesus was from a tiny community…

The Love Triangle of Marital Intimacy

Here is the graphic Johnny Long used a couple of years ago at Creekstone to diagram how the love triangle of marital intimacy works. Thanks, Johnny!

Jesus is the Hero

The common view of the Bible is that it was given by God to show people how to live right. Some (including myself) have said that it is a “users manual for life.” However, the more I read the Bible, the more I am convinced that its purpose is not to show me how to…