Rested and Ready

As you may know, I was on vacation last week. Actually, it was a staycation. Thankfully, the weather was perfect and I was able to get plenty of outdoor time in, as well as quality time with the family. Feeling rested and ready, I am super eager about seeing you this Sunday as we begin…

“Steeping the Soul” • Exodus 34:29-35

This is message #8 in our series, The Shaping of a Leader. Also, here is the “sermon assignment:” (1) Decide upon a quite place, without distractions / no electronics (2) Schedule time into your calendar (3) Start small and simple – the goal is to listen (4) Brew a tea bag and while it steeps, read…

The Meaning of Marriage

Here are some nuggets that I mined recently while re-reading Tim Keller’s book, The Meaning of Marriage.  By the way, Creekstone is hosting a Marriage and Parenting Workshop on Fri/Sat, November 20-21. My wife, Kristy, and I will be leading. For more information and/or to register for this free event, just go here. Here are the quotes……

Feedback Improves Leadership

Sally Smith, CEO of the popular Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chain, was asked, “What are some things you’ve learned about leading people?” I’m always seeking feedback. My leadership team does a performance review on me each year for the board. It’s anonymous. They can talk about my management style or things I need to work…

Speaking the Truth in Love

In his book, Loving Enough to Speak the Truth, John Ortberg provides examples of how we really do want the truth. Maybe this will temper our defenses when hearing the truth and give us courage to speak the truth as a means of love.  Imagine picking your car up from the shop after a routine…

Inexhaustible Grace

Lake Tahoe is the eighth deepest lake in the world. On July 4, 1875, two men discovered the deepest point in the lake to be 1645 feet by lowering a weighted champagne bottle on fishing line from the side of their boat. Following the invention of sonar, soundings by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration…

Quickly vs Deeply

Larry McMurtry, known for his book Lonesome Dove, wrote another book about roads—the many roads he had driven on and the hundreds of miles he had explored across America. At last, returning in memory to the place where he grew up in east Texas, he recalls that his father had seldom gone much farther than the…

The Meaning of Meditation

“Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, thinking over, dwelling on, and applying to oneself the various things one knows about the works and ways and purpose and promises of God. It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of…