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 … Continue reading A Pastoral Response to the SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
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 … Continue reading Pastoral Reflections on Tullian Tchividjian’s Pastoral Tragedy
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 … Continue reading Living by Faith
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 … Continue reading Just Words
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 … Continue reading Moving from Virtue to Grace / Matthew 23:25-26
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."