The Eucatastrophe of the Cross and What It Means for Us

Today is the day we remember the brutal crucifixion of Jesus. To the original disciples, it was the darkest of dark days. It was the end of hope and the beginning of despair. They had witnessed a catastrophe of cosmic proportions. How would this day come to be known as Good Friday? Our English word…

Creekstone is Not a Self-Sustaining Church

There is a phrase that was used in the days when Creekstone went from being a “church plant” under the watchful care of our sending church to a “particularized church” with our own ordained and installed elder team. The phrase represents the primary qualification for us to be eligible for “particularizing.” We had to be…

How to Sleep Like a Baby

This is part 10 in the Growing in Grace teaching series. Listen here: There is a story about a man who so tired of his anxiety that he paid someone $1,000,000 a year to worry for him. A friend asked, “You are not a wealthy man. How are you going to pay him $1,000,000 a…

9 Passages on Peace

Isaiah 26:3, You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (ESV) 1 Peter 5:7, Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you. (NIV 84) Psalm 4:8, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell…

7 Truths to Speak to Yourself Every Day

Although some would say that people who talk to themselves are manifesting signs of insanity or dementia, we speak to ourselves all the time. Every day. Often the things we speak to ourselves are lies. These lies take on a variety of shapes. For example, some of the lies concern our identity and what we must do in order…

My New Pastoral Job Description

After 8 1/2 years of church planting, I finally hit the wall. Or maybe it was the bottom. Whatever it was, I hit it hard. While I’ve hit that low place before as a pastor, I never expected it to happen in the context of a church and ministry that I love. I sat on…

Living at Godspeed: the Pace of Being Known

Godspeed is “the story of an American pastor whose desire to change the world grinds to a halt in a Scottish parish.” That halt was one of the greatest gifts this pastor received. May it be the same blessing for you that it has been for me. Watch the story here and ponder what living…

How Sanctification Works

One of my spiritual heroes is a pastor from the 19th century named Octavius Winslow. In fact, I named my youngest child after him, calling her “Sarah Wynn.” The Wynn is from Winslow. Get it? Sarah is after Jonathan Edward’s wife. Anyway. His book, The Work of the Holy Spirit (1840), has had a profound effect…

When It Feels Like God is Against Me

This is part 9 in the Growing in Grace teaching series. Listen here: In the early 90s, my mother moved to Destin, Florida. A couple years later, in September 1995, her home was destroyed by Hurricane Opal, a Category 4 storm. All my childhood photos were washed into the bay, including my Jeep. Thankfully, most…

The Lord is My Strength

Isaiah 41:10, Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Listen:  In his book, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell…