The Journey of 7,000 Miles

Last week we were introduced to the Magi, ancient astronomers who travelled 800 miles from the region of modern-day Iraq and Iran to the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, just south of Jerusalem. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they inquired of the Roman governor over the region, King Herod, asking to see the newly born … Continue reading The Journey of 7,000 Miles

You Don’t Have to Dress Up for Jesus

"Christ died for the ungodly." The Apostle Paul, Romans 5:6b In his wonderful little book, All of Grace, Charles Spurgeon tells this moving story (pp. 18-19 in the Whitaker House version). "Do not attempt to touch yourself up and make yourself something other than what you really are. Come as you are to Him who justifies … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Dress Up for Jesus

O Captain, My Captain (Matthew 2:1-12)

Last week, at the end of Matthew 1, we read about the birth of Jesus, which we discover in chapter 2 took place in Bethlehem, which is about 5 miles south of Jerusalem. If you will look at the map, notice the red circle. The focus in Matthew 2:1-12 is the famous appearance of the … Continue reading O Captain, My Captain (Matthew 2:1-12)

Allelon: The Biblical Model of De-Centralized Care

Creekstone desires for every member to experience personal, relational connection, gospel camaraderie, and practical care. As a result of deep contemplation on how to achieve such a lofty goal for our congregation, we believe that decentralizing care is the best way to provide the most effective personal ministry to one another. This means that our primary … Continue reading Allelon: The Biblical Model of De-Centralized Care

The Struggle to Believe (Matthew 1:18-25)

Do you ever struggle to believe? Sometimes we look at our circumstances and just can’t believe that God is wise or good or cares. Or that God even exists. Wildfires, hurricanes, and tornadoes Cancer, ALS and mental illness Racial injustice, political corruption, and economic uncertainty Broken marriages, unfulfilling jobs, and besetting sins At some point, … Continue reading The Struggle to Believe (Matthew 1:18-25)

Free Marriage Advice (1 Corinthians 7:1-9)

Philosopher Alain de Botton provided some marriage advice recently in The New York Times. He claims that for the past two-and-a-half centuries many of us have been deceived by what he calls the Romantic view of marriage. He defines the Romantic view as the belief "that a perfect (human) being exists who can meet all our … Continue reading Free Marriage Advice (1 Corinthians 7:1-9)