Church Life · Communion · Cornerstone · Men's Ministry · Spiritual Growth · Top Topics · Womens Ministry

10 Ways to Spiritually Grow at Your Church

There are many people who can grow spiritually at their church. The problem many people have is not a lack of opportunities to grow, but they are not taking advantage of those opportunities. I am going to list some ways to spiritually grow at our church. If you are reading this, and attending another church,… Continue reading 10 Ways to Spiritually Grow at Your Church

Church Life · Cross-Centered · Gospel Centered · Jesus-Centered · Top Topics

What is Gospel-Centered, Jesus-Centered, Cross-Centered Theology? Part III

The last two weeks we have discovered what it means to be Gospel-centered and Jesus-centered. If you have not read those articles, you can click the links to read them. This week we will discover what it means to be cross-centered. These terms Gospel-centered, cross-centered, and Jesus-centered are often linked. If you properly understand what… Continue reading What is Gospel-Centered, Jesus-Centered, Cross-Centered Theology? Part III

Church Life · Cross-Centered · Gospel Centered · Jesus-Centered · Top Topics

What is Gospel-Centered, Jesus-Centered, Cross Centered Theology? Part II

Last week we looked at the idea of being a Gospel-centered church. If you missed it, I would suggest you read it in its entirety here. The big idea is that a Gospel-centered church or Gospel-centered theology flies its rallying flag over the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the most important theology in Scripture.  This… Continue reading What is Gospel-Centered, Jesus-Centered, Cross Centered Theology? Part II

Church Life · Cross-Centered · Gospel Centered · Jesus-Centered · Top Topics

What is Gospel-Centered, Jesus-Centered, Cross-Centered Theology? Part I

One of the biggest struggles for many pastors is merging new congregants into a church. Think of it as adopting a child while already having several children. If you have children, you have a routine; you have lingo you use together; there are known expectations; and your family may work like a well-oiled machine. If… Continue reading What is Gospel-Centered, Jesus-Centered, Cross-Centered Theology? Part I

Church Life · Ministry · Pastoring · Prayer

Five Things to Pray for Your Pastor On Sunday Morning

From what people tell me at the church I pastor, I have a lot of people praying for me. Prayer is a funny thing in that, often we don’t know what to pray for someone else, and it can turn into vain repetition. I thought it would be helpful to share with people how they… Continue reading Five Things to Pray for Your Pastor On Sunday Morning

Christians · Church · Church Life · Minister · Sunday · Worship

Does One More Sunday Really Matter?

As I write this post, months before publication, I’m sitting in my office at church. I arrived around 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning as usual to prepare for the service. I looked the building over to make sure all looks well and read through my sermon for a practice run. In a little while… Continue reading Does One More Sunday Really Matter?

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?

Christians · Church · Church Life · Pastoring

Every Christian: A Pastor or Priest

When you think about a pastor or priest what do you think? Maybe someone with a collar or a suit or someone who is passive. You might even picture  a gender, age bracket, or appearance  when you think of the term. One distinction when it comes to a pastor or priest is probably  someone who… Continue reading Every Christian: A Pastor or Priest

Church · Church Life · Cornerstone · Pastoring · Top Topics

Reasons I Love Pastoring Cornerstone

I wrote this list on a Facebook post in April 2015. I’m glad to see that it still applies two years later, so I adapted the post for this blog. I have treasured pastoring  Cornerstone for what will be 10 years this October. These reasons are in no particular order. TRUTH: Our people love the… Continue reading Reasons I Love Pastoring Cornerstone

Church Life · Confrontation · Forgiveness · Problem People

The Catapult Verse

When we think about Christianity we often think about love. Maybe you believe the church hasn’t loved someone, but the very thought of that itself shows that you believe Christians should love. The question is, are there times when the church may correctly do something that doesn’t seem loving, but is loving? The answer is… Continue reading The Catapult Verse