George O’Leary, Johannes Haushofer, and Resume Righteousness

In 2001, Georgia Tech head coach, George O’Leary, left the Yellow Jackets to take over as head coach for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. A few days after he was hired, inaccuracies were discovered in his resume’. The resume stated that O’Leary had earned three letters in football at the University of New Hampshire….

Better Than Improved

Everything changed with the release of the iPhone. This wasn’t just an improved phone, but something entirely new. It was outfitted with a camera. You could send and receive email, surf the web, check the weather, pay bills and play music. It became a tool for video conferencing, watching movies, reading books and participating in…

Unconditional Surrender: The Key to Freedom, Peace, and Joy

This is message #9 in the Creekstone sermon series in James, The Gospel for Real Life. Listen:  An episode of the NPR radio program This American Life follows several people currently living what they call “Plan B.” As part of the show, host Ira Glass asked a room of hundred people to think back to the beginning…

5 Ways Spiritual Adoption Can Change Your Life… Starting Today

The 1982 movie, Annie, was originally a musical set in 1933 during the Great Depression at the Hudson Street Orphanage in New York City. Miss Hannigan is the oppressive caretaker of the orphans. One day, Grace Farrell, secretary to the billionaire philanthropist, Oliver Warbucks, comes by to pick up one of the children who will…

Godly Sorrow

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow leads to death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 Father of grace, I pray that the sadness in my heart would be godly rather than worldly sorrow. That I would be broken over seeking my joy and life in other things beside yourself….

New Mercies

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, says my soul. Therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 My merciful Father, even in the midst of tragedy and heartbreak, Jeremiah was able to…

How Will History End?

1 Thes. 4:13-18; 5:1-11 13Brothers, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have…

How to Stop Gossip in its Tracks

Inspired by Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Hee Haw was a variety television show featuring rural comedy and country music against the backdrop of the fictional “Kornfield Kounty.” Airing on CBS from 1969 to 1971 and then in syndication for twenty-one years, Hee Haw was one of the shows I remember watching with my grandmother every Saturday night. Hosted by Buck…

What is the Church?

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise,…

What is the Gospel?

1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what…

Who is the Holy Spirit?

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 18 “I will…

Who is Jesus?

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made… 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have…