I first heard the phrase, “Praise in public, confront in private,” years ago. I was with a group of leaders from my church and we were at a conference in Rochester, NY. The speaker talked about how this was one of the policies that they had in their church. Conflict is one of the things… Continue reading Praise in Public, Confront in Private
One debate which rages on within denominational Christianity is what worship in the church should look like. How we dress, what instruments we use, what our buildings look like, and how we present the truth. The way things look, smell, and sound are different in every church. Some churches may seem (what some would consider)… Continue reading Worship, Arts and the Tabernacle
We hear a lot of talk about how churches should be diverse. How Jesus breaks down the barriers of ethnicity, age, economic status, and academic knowledge. All these things are true, but I think there’s one place we forget to look for diversity within our church service. We come to the church from different places.… Continue reading Worshiping Together from Different Sides of the 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
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
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
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
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
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?
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?