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

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 … Continue reading Pastoral Reflections on Tullian Tchividjian’s Pastoral Tragedy

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

Archibald Alexander on the Pressing Need to Preach Grace

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 … Continue reading Archibald Alexander on the Pressing Need to Preach Grace

Let’s Set Sail! (or, Four Kinds of Churches)

According to Len Sweet in his book, Soul Tsunami, there are essentially four kinds of churches.  1. Mission churches. These churches are on the front lines of gospel expansion. They have a radar for the "ungospelized," and desire to have others discover the joy of the gospel by serving, reaching and discipling these new, unreached people. … Continue reading Let’s Set Sail! (or, Four Kinds of Churches)