Light and the Beauty of Christmas

Monday night the Caston family went out for my 49th birthday dinner.  Afterward, we toured a neighborhood in Cumming, GA that is known for its holiday lights. Here is our favorite that we proclaimed the “winner.” It’s not full-scale Griswold-esque, but it is still impressive. As we drove through the winding neighborhood with what seemed … Continue reading Light and the Beauty of Christmas

Gospel Ontology: How Being Precedes Doing

“Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality.” This definition is incredibly important to grasp when it comes to Christian identity because we think about Christianity, we typically think about doing, not being. We tend to be so doing focused that we end up connecting our identity to our activity. But what if my identity has nothing … Continue reading Gospel Ontology: How Being Precedes Doing

Ocotober 31st and the Re-Discovery of Grace

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, at the time a Roman Catholic monk and theology professor, nailed a protest letter to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, where he taught at the local university. The letter is known as his 95 Theses, a protest against the sale of indulgences, among other things. Essentially, indulgences could be … Continue reading Ocotober 31st and the Re-Discovery of Grace

“Remembering Our Recipientness” (Deuteronomy 8:6-20)

Sermon Notes: Deuteronomy 8:6-20 6 Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig … Continue reading “Remembering Our Recipientness” (Deuteronomy 8:6-20)

The Heart of Gospel-Influenced Communication

Last Sunday's sermon was on communication and based on Paul's admonition in Ephesians 4:29 to build others up rather than tear them down. A couple of the main ideas are that healthy communication is a gospel issue that requires my heart to be deeply affected by God's grace. Otherwise, I will be self-righteously critical, cast … Continue reading The Heart of Gospel-Influenced Communication

How “Exciting” Should Sunday Gatherings Be?

This post is an excerpt from Bob Kauflin's Worship Matters blog on "How Exciting Should Our Sunday Services Be?" Sunday mornings aren’t New Year’s Eve celebrations. They aren’t rock concerts. They aren’t pep rallies. They aren’t World Cup finals. They’re something much more mundane, and at the same time something much more eternally and cosmically significant. Our … Continue reading How “Exciting” Should Sunday Gatherings Be?