What it Takes to Build a 45,000 lb. X-Wing (1 Cor. 1:10-17)

It took 32 “master builders” 17,336 man (and woman) hours to create a life-sized Star Wars X-Wing fighter out of 5,335,200 Lego pieces. Originally unveiled in New York in 2013, it now resides at Legoland in California, boasting a 44-foot wingspan and weighing in at over 45,000 pounds.[i] The Lego X-Wing is the extraordinary result…

Deeply Flawed and Dearly Loved (1 Cor. 1:1-9)

  The struggle is real. Martin Luther knew this. In 1535, Luther, a German professor of theology coined a phrase that many believers have found helpful to describe an ongoing struggle that every disciple of Jesus faces throughout their entire life. This pithy Latin phrase is found in Luther’s commentary on Galatians,[i] where he says…

An Introduction to 1st Corinthians

This Sunday we begin a journey through the epic New Testament letter of 1st Corinthians. Below is an introduction to the letter from the ESV Study Bible. Author and Title The first word of 1 Corinthians states that Paul is its author. There is no good reason to doubt this. The theological concerns of the…

Fellowship with the Father, Pt. 3: When Temptation Comes My Way

This past Monday night I was driving up Georgia 400 from Atlanta. It was nearly dark but not quite. As I looked ahead I noticed an object in the road. As I approached the object, I realized that it was a huge Lazy Boy style recliner–right in the center of three lanes with cars travelling…

Fellowship with the Father, Pt. 2: Praying Our Needs

Listen: When I set out to start Creekstone in 2009, my sending church required that I raise a substantial amount of funding to see us through our first three to five years. In any entrepreneurial venture there often are significant start-up costs including equipment purchases, meeting space rental fees, staffing, etc. The same is true…

Fellowship with the Father, Pt. 1: Praying Our Deepest Desires

This is part 1 in the sermon series based on the Lord’s Prayer entitled, Fellowship with the Father. My eldest child has graduated from college and lives in her own house in a different city. I no longer see her every day, every week or even every month. When my phone rings and I see…

4 Things Every Child Needs to Hear from a Father

You know what it’s like to go out to dinner and have the waiter pop the question. No, not that question, but “Would you like dessert.” If I’m paying, I find it rather easy to decline, unless… unless it is one of those restaurants where the waiter doesn’t just ask if you’d like dessert; he…

Among the Stones

How profitable it is To spend time among the stones. Engraved names, dates, and epitaphs. Cicadas call.  Birds chirp. A breeze softly blows. Shadows are cast upon the ground by sunlight breaking through the canopy of ancient oaks with outstretched branches above. I am stilled to wonder. How will my stone read? Who will pass…

Unveiled Faces

Listen:  Product placement. Whether it is a grocery like Kroger or a department store like Belk, sales managers are trained in “product placement.” This is why you have candy at checkout and why at the entrance of COSTCO you have to pass by the 82 inch, 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TVs. I don’t know…

Shining Like Stars in the Darkness

This is the final message in our series, INFLUENCE: A New Way to Think About Leadership. Listen: I have a constellation app on my phone. All I have to do is hold it up to the sky and it reveals the position of constellations and even locates planets. Now, the stars and planets are always…

Elders as Pacesetters

Listen:   The first use of a pace car in automobile racing took place in 1911 at the inaugural Indy 500. A pace car is designed to do just what it says—it sets the pace for other drivers, especially during seasons of chaos after a collision. Pace cars provide stability and direction for others to…

The “HOW” of the Christian Life

In his classic, True Spirituality (a book I consider “essential and foundational reading” for every believer), Francis Schaeffer writes concerning the how of the Christian life. “I became a Christian once for all upon the basis of the finished work of Christ through faith; that is justification. The Christian life, sanctification, operates on the same basis,…