The Grace of Adoption

We must not leave our gospel introduction before we see how union with Jesus by faith is not merely a legal issue. We are not merely given a new status as fully forgiven, perfectly righteous humans.We are engrafted into a new relationship with God as adopted sons and daughters. The gospel is not merely about […]

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The Country Club Gospel

I served a church back in the 1990s where many folks in the congregation were members of an exclusive country club in the heart of the city. As a pastor in my 20s, there was no way that I could afford to pay the membership fee, which I suspected was in the six-figure range. Nevertheless, […]

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Appearances Can Be Deceptive

Today is another guest post from a friend, Dave McCarty. His take on the upside-down, counter-intuitive feel of the gospel is slowly making its way into my heart. Maybe it will find its way into yours, too. To meet me, you would think… I’m a strong, confident, competent, cool, caring, together man.  You would be […]

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The Sinner’s Place

In Stanley Voke’s wonderful little book, Personal Revival: Living the Christian Life in Light of the Cross, he writes, “The hardest thing for anyone is to take the sinner’s place.” Simply put, “the sinner’s place is where I take blame.” It is the place where I am real, honest, authentic, and vulnerable. “The hardest thing […]

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What Happened to Scrooge?

You know the classic story by Dickens, A Christmas Carol. The main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, is a life-long miser. Unmarried. No children. No friends. But lots of money. Loving his fortune, he keeps a close eye on “the books,” making sure that there is no decrease in his personal wealth. When approached with the greeting, […]

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Freshly Broken

If you, like me, have been made freshly aware of and broken over the wretchedness of your sin, the video below from Ray Cortese is for you. If you, like me, are or have been in a state of blindness concerning your self-righteouss pride and hardness of heart, this message will not make sense now […]

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When the Roof Blows Off

What we notice when reading the first two chapters of this gospel is that Matthew very clearly sees the birth of Jesus as fulfilling numerous ancient promises that were foretold hundreds and hundreds of years before the incarnation of Christ a human being. This promise-fulfillment motif is the basis for our current series in Matthew […]

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Sometimes Winning is Losing

ABC’s Wide World of Sports aired on Saturdays from April 29, 1961 to January 3, 1998. The host for the entire 37-year run of the show was Jim McKay (no relation). 😊 The opening monologue is now iconic. Watch it here. Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport… the thrill of victory… and […]

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The Gospel of the Ugliest Dog

The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is held the fourth week of June in Petaluma, California, as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair. This year’s winner is a bulldog named, Zsa Zsa. Apparently, there is no relation to Uga X in Athens. Her extra-wide stance, teeth-exposing underbite, and tongue that hangs almost to the ground helped her […]

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Deeply Flawed and Dearly Loved

  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 […]

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The Cost of Discipleship

This is part 11 in Creekstone’s Growing in Grace series. Listen:  Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who was executed under Adolf Hitler in 1945. Bonhoeffer knew that following Jesus could be costly. In fact, in 1937, he published a book called The Cost of Discipleship, in which he articulated the difference between cheap grace […]

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The Lord is My Strength

Isaiah 41:10, Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Listen:  In his book, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell […]

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