In Matthew 11, Jesus makes an invitation that seems custom made for this time of year. 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for […]Read More The Weary World Rejoices
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 […]Read More O Captain, My Captain
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, […]Read More The Struggle to Believe
As we think about leadership over the next four Sundays, we are saying that leadership is less about being in charge and giving orders as it is about having influence in the life of another human being, whether a child, an employee, a spouse, a neighbor or the grocery clerk. Listen to this week’s message: […]Read More 4 Things Every Child Needs to Hear from a Father
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 […]Read More The Eucatastrophe of the Cross and What It Means for Us
This is message 11 in the Creekstone Church teaching series through James, The Gospel for Real Life. Listen to the audio: Georgia fans can almost taste it. With the Bulldogs in the FBS Playoff on January 1st, many UGA fans are looking for—praying for—the return of glory that took place in 1980, when an undefeated […]Read More Living Between the Advents
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 […]Read More What is the Gospel?
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 […]Read More Who is Jesus?
“12 …sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.” Romans 5:1 “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, […]Read More What is Wrong with the World?
Listen: This is week 4 in an 8-week sermon series we are calling, Foundations: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Today our topic is Christology, or the study of Christ. While Jesus is our focus EVERY Sunday, today we want to slow down a bit and look at some nuances to the person and work of […]Read More Who is Jesus?
It is Father’s Day 2017 and I am away from the crew I love the most, my wife and three children. Typically, we all go together to our family cottage in Tennessee for two weeks each June. However, this year, while they were with me here in the cottage last week, numerous forces collided to […]Read More Reflections on Being a Father
Listen here: My parents divorced just months after I was born. In fact, I didn’t meet my father until I was about 10. While I spent a few random weekends with him in my childhood, those visits were sporadic and brief, and we rarely talked between visits. Although I knew stuff about him, I really […]Read More Knowing the Great Goel (Ruth 2:14-23)