Advent · Books · Christmas · Jesus' Birth · Jesus' Coming · Nativity

Why Celebrate Advent

Cornerstone has celebrated Advent for several years. There is a decline in modern America to no longer celebrate this religious tradition, therefore, the meaning is beginning to be lost. I would like to explain what Advent is, why we celebrate it, and some practical ways to celebrate it with family, friends and neighbors. ”Advent” is… Continue reading Why Celebrate Advent

Church Life · Good Samaritan · Political Theory · Socialism

Was the Good Samaritan a Socialist?

Your political identity does not have a bearing on whether or not you could belong to our church. More importantly your political theory is not what get’s you into or keeps you out of Heaven. We have said many times at Cornerstone that we are unified around the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While I personally… Continue reading Was the Good Samaritan a Socialist?

Adoption · Foster · Guest Blogger · Obedience

A Story of Fostering and Adoption with Amanda Bowen

Recently I contacted my friend Amanda (Bowers) Bowen. I have known Amanda since 2001 because her brother Matt was one of my best friend in college. Amanda would later come and join us at that college. Amanda and her husband Andy have been fostering and adopting children. After speaking with Amanda several times on this… Continue reading A Story of Fostering and Adoption with Amanda Bowen

10 Years · Cornerstone · Life Lessons · Wife

10 Lessons Pastoring for 10 Years

In celebration of pastoring Cornerstone for 10 years, I am writing about my ministry in Forest City, PA. In mid-October 2007 I delivered my first sermon in here.  I had returned from Florida where I was a youth and music minister at a great church. There was a small group of people at Cornerstone at… Continue reading 10 Lessons Pastoring for 10 Years

Browndale · Forest City · Richmondale · Vandling

10 Things I Love About Forest City

In celebration of pastoring Cornerstone for 10 years this month,  I am writing several blogs about the last 10 years of ministry in Forest City, PA.  My blog is usually focused on theological issues, but this time my purpose is more practical. I am going to list things that I enjoy about our community. If… Continue reading 10 Things I Love About Forest City

Friends · Life Lessons · Mentors

10 People Who Influenced Me the Last 10 Years

In celebration of pastoring at Cornerstone for 10 years this October, I am preparing several posts about the last 10 years of my ministry in Forest City, PA. I want to list 10 people who impacted my ministry; several of whom are local, and several are national scholars and theologians I’ve never personally met. I’ve… Continue reading 10 People Who Influenced Me the Last 10 Years

Authors · Books · C.S. Lewis · John Piper · Reading

10 Books Everyone Should Read

In celebration of my 10th anniversary at  Cornerstone, I’m writing  several blogs listing a variety of my favorite  “10 things.” Over the next couple weeks my lists will include  people who influenced me over the last 10 years, why I love living in the Forest City Community and what I learned in the last 10… Continue reading 10 Books Everyone Should Read