Does Social Media Makes Us Unhappy?

This article by Susan Pinker originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal (5-25-17). Not an indictment or judgment. Just food for thought. Food that might help with your happiness quotient. Does spending too much time on social media make us unhappy? A rigorous study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that it does. Researchers found that the more people…

What is the Church?

Listen:  Remember this? “Here is the church, here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people.” What is wrong with it? Yeah, it gives the impression that the church is a building. But the church is not a building; it is a people. The church is not a Sunday event we go…

What is the Gospel?

Listen:  When I was a young lad, I remember watching a TV game show with my grandmother called “To Tell the Truth.” Here is how the game worked. Three celebrities would sit across from three contestants. The celebrities would have an opportunity to ask each of the contestants questions in order to figure out which…

The Creekstone Mission and Motto Explained

“Creekstone Church exists to glorify God by helping people come alive to the wonder of the gospel.” Creekstone Church Exists…   Creekstone is not and never will be a facility of bricks and mortar. Creekstone is a family of rescued and adopted sons and daughters who live life together on mission. We exist for a…

The Ultimate Cornerman

Muhammad Ali is arguably the most famous professional boxer of all time, with more titles and awards than one would think possible in a lifetime. You can read about them here. Although he was the fighter in the ring, he was never alone. His trainer and cornerman, Angelo Dundee, is the one who made Ali…

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Listen:  Beach or mountains? If you had to decide between one or the other as a vacation destination, which would you choose? For some, the answer would be a no brainer. You have a definite preference. For others, you may feel a tension, because you enjoy both the mountains and the beach. Steak or shrimp?…

Winslow on the Christian Life

In my last post, I mentioned how I have been impacted in a unique way by a book by Octavius Winslow, The Work of the Holy Spirit (1840). Here are some select quotes that provide a glimpse into his refreshingly Jesus-centered view of the Christian life. “Regeneration is the sole and special work of the…

A Coat for the Orphaned Lamb

If you ever travel to a place, such as Scotland, where there are lots of sheep, it is possible that you will get to witness a very unusual and unexpected sight. It is very sad, but sometimes when lambs are born, their mothers die. The problem is that a mother sheep will only allow her…

When Baptism Avails Nothing

In sermon research today, I came across a passage from an old friend, Octavius Winslow. His book, The Work of the Holy Spirit, originally published in 1840, is one of my all-time favorites and has had a huge influence in my life. In fact, I named my youngest child after Winslow (Sarah “Wynn”… the Sarah…