How Deep The Father’s Love For Us

We used this modern day hymn in our service this past Sunday and the lyrics were just incredible to me... the line "I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers" really puts an emphasis on God's love for us. I know the song is about 10 years old at this point but still…

Some Things Are Actually Worth Paying For

Some things in this world are just worth paying for, regardless if you personally think the value exchange is equal or not, and especially if it goes to help another person, or enables someone else to help another person. Being frugal is one thing, being cheap is another, not recognizing the difference between the two…

Are Counterfeit Gods Giving Me the Most Self Worth?

Last Sunday we started a series at Cornerstone called Counterfeit Gods, somewhat based on the book by Tim Keller called Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters, in a way of examining our lives to see exactly what we put in front of God, to look…

And Then There Was Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

So I guess I am probably the last person in the world to read Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz but I did finally get a chance to read it this week.  My summer semester at Liberty finally ended this week (and the fall semester doesn't start for a week) and I have had a few…

How to Tell a Story or Draw Conclusions with a Bald Eagle Photo

A friend of mine asked me yesterday "what is your favorite photo you have ever taken". When I couldn't answer that question, he asked me about my favorite series of photos.  That was an easier question but one I still really couldn't answer.  In a way, both are almost impossible questions to answer, much like…

Encounter Intensifies as Reality of Faith in a Savior is Made Real

Last night, Encounter was intense to say the least.  It was hard hitting truth and was very powerful.  I can't speak for last year, but this week was probably the most intense gathering this year, and many students were moved by the events of the evening.  To me, it seemed like a very vertical night,…

This is What Passion for the Lord Looks Like in Auburn

Two quick images from Encounter performing live with Grace Campus Ministries from the campus of Auburn University.  I really think passion breads passion and this is a very quick, small example of what is going on in Auburn, at least on Thursday nights.  Campus Crusade for Christ was also on the Auburn campus last night…

Grace Without Change is Just an Escape from Responsibility

This past Sunday was the last part of the "money" series at our church. I was so surprised with this series. It was informative, scriptural, and not the same typical money sermon series I was expecting and use to. The opening music from Worship Journey was something unique and different each week, like Pink Floyd's…