Sticky Church (Acts 2:42-47)

This is the next message in Creekstone’s study on the doctrine of the church, entitled People of the Promise. Today’s message is about what it takes for a church to be sticky, retaining those who visit the church. The goal is not numeric growth for size sake, but to help folks stick so that we…

Communion as a Means of Grace

If baptism is the new covenant rite of inclusion in the new covenant community, then the Lord’s Supper is the ongoing rite of communion with God for the new covenant community. Like going to the gym for the first time, partaking in this ancient rite can be awkward. What are we doing when we come…

Baptism: A Primer for Ordinary Folks

This is a free PDF version of my small, introductory book on baptism. You are welcome to read it here or download it. I pray that it will help “clear up the water” for you a bit on the subject. Much of this material is covered in a recent audio message Baptism: Sign of Promise….

He was Strong for Both of Us

According to the Daily Mail… Hannah Peterson was involved in a serious car accident just one month before her wedding in Ontario. She broke her pelvis in three places, punctured a kidney, broke some ribs, and suffered a concussion and partial hearing loss during the July 18 collision. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Hannah…

A Surprising Detour in the Pursuit of Happiness

Christopher Parkening, considered to be the world’s greatest classical guitarist, achieved his musical dreams by the age of thirty. By then he was also a world-class fly-fishing champion. However, his success failed to bring him happiness. Weary of performances and recording sessions, Parkening bought a ranch and gave up on the guitar. But instead of…

10 Surprising Statistics About World Hunger

Hunger is the world’s number 1 health risk, killing more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Some 925 million people do not have enough to eat. Ninety-eight percent of them live in the developing world. One in seven people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight. There are more hungry…

“Baptism: Sign of Promise”

Is baptism primarily a sign of my profession of faith or of God’s promise of grace that is to be received by faith? What similarities and differences¬†exist between the old covenant community and the new covenant community? How does this relate to infants and young children?¬†Discover the answers to these issues and much more in…