Chapter 42

We had just finished breakfast when Jesus motioned for me to join him outside the group.  “Hey Pete, we are going for a little hike, go get the Thunder Boys and meet me on that little trail that leads up the mountain outside of town.”  I felt like saying “Come on Jesus, a little hike,…

A Step of Commitment

Every once in a while, I will hear that someone has been inducted into this hall of fame or that hall of fame.  Maybe the Country Music or Rock-and-roll Hall of Fame, and I think “Seriously, what took them so long?”  I would have assumed that they would have been there long ago.  But then…

The Danger of Judging

The words of Matthew 7:1 are not so much a command as they are a warning.  A warning that seems to be relevant to the debacle of last week’s U.S. election.  Jesus warned people and nations, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” For years the United States has stood in judgement of countries around…

A Step of Obedience

Choosing between a good decision and a bad decision is usually pretty simple.  It’s not always easy, but It’s usually simple.  The choice is usual clear. Good.  Bad. But what about when you think you are making a good decision and you’re asked to do something different?  Not something bad, just something different, perhaps something…

Change. . . Love it or hate it.

Nobody likes change.  Well actually, some people thrive on change, but most people don’t.  Robert Kriegel wrote, “Nobody likes change, except busy cashiers and babies with wet diapers” and he was mostly right.  We like the routine and we like the familiar, but the reality is that change in life is inevitable. Cornerstone is in a constant state…

Step out . . . In Faith

He was their entire life.  And they were incredibly thankful. They knew people who had never been able to have children, and even those they only had one, he meant the world to them.    It wasn’t that they couldn’t conceive, that they were able to do, but some cruel twist of fate made his…

Enjoy the Fall?

I reposted a meme the other day that said, “Someone asked me if I had plans for the fall. It took me a moment to realize they meant autumn and not the collapse of civilization.”Some days as we look around, we wonder if we are witnessing the collapse of civilization as we know it.  Unfolding around…

Step out With Abraham

When Michelangelo was 72 years old he started work on the monumental dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.  When Galileo was 74 he published his dialogue concerning two new sciences.  When Stradivarius was in his early 90s he fashioned two of his most famous violins.  When P.T Barnum was 71 he joined James Bailey to form…

Choices

I took an active part in democracy last week. Not only did I vote, but I also worked on Election Day as a supervisory deputy returning officer. Which isn't nearly as important as it sounds.Through the day, as I made sure things were running smoothly, and that the voters were being served, I was able…

The Story of Cornerstone

August 1, 1994. January 8, 1995.  April 9, 1995, November 27, 2005 and October 18, 2020.  On each of those days, a new chapter in the story of Cornerstone began.On August 1, 1994, Angela and I and our two children moved to Bedford to begin the story of a church, that up to that point had only…