Newtown

Our wounds come at first breath In the blood of a garden at rest Toil cursed upon our commute Commissioned to die in our youth Hope like a blanket will be At the coming He will set us free. There are virtually no words to describe the news today. Is this our culture, our time,…

Learning Discipleship Through the Eyes of Jesus

I spent this week with some of our staff at a conference in Atlanta. The past few days for me added to or confirmed with me part of an ongoing study I have about "what is the church?" I last posted about it here: What is the Church? 10 Things the Bible Says About the…

The Day Evil Became Visible

What does this day mean to you at this point eleven years later? Each year I look back at what Deborah and I were doing on this day in wonder and amazement, remembering details I would never remember on any ordinary day. Every year I look for photos I took on that day of us…

The Future of Cornerstone Church is in Your Hands, No Pressure

Any of you who know me well know I don't post too often about kids stuff, but today was a banner day for the future of our kids at Cornerstone Church. I have been to a lot of churches over the last 40 years, and I have visited churches who have very little evidence of…

No Greater Love Than To Lay Down Your Life for Friends in Aurora

Every time I read about this story I can't help but think how incredible this was. There wasn't just one person who gave up his life for another in Aurora Colorado, but three people, who died in place of a friend. This story for some reason reminds me of the story about Arland D. Williams…

Sophistication Through Simplicity

I didn't just post a picture of a black square, this is actually my desktop. I love the clean, simple, and yet still very sophisticated... desktop, home screen, written code, verse, prose, lyric, file structure, office, room, company, house, life... etc (could be I like this so much because life in reality is actually very…

Church and Amazing Lyrics of How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

The shot above was one I took while the band was warming up for worship this morning. I never get tired of being around the worship band and their practices. It is just as much a part of worship to me as when the official worship time begins. This church location, our second site, has…

10 Reasons To Learn Social Media if You Are a Christian

I decided to start a series of sorts on social media and how we the people of the church body use, don't use, or outright diss the majority of the world at this point. I'm hereafter coining this series of sorts as the SMFT (Social Media, Facebook, and Twitter) discussion. Part of the necessity of…

A Look at the Visioning and Planning Process of the Church Body

It may not look like it at first glance, but this is part of the hard work that goes into following Christ wholeheartedly, what we call, Leading People to Know and Serve Jesus. I have learned an amazing amount about how the church body functions since I went on staff in late 2008. One of…

What’s More Useful to the Glory of God Than 95% of All We Do?

I'm guessing you didn't think poetry was the answer to the question in the title, but it is. Poetic language and the language of prose put together in a sentence is sort of a misnomer, since they basically mean the opposite, but such is my relationship with metric and non-metrical language. Over the years I…