It’s Not Just About You

Oops. Last summer Shirell Powell made the difficult decision to authorize doctors to stop life support efforts for her younger brother. It was only while arranging her brother’s funeral that she discovered that she made the decision to end the life not of her brother but of a complete stranger. Her brother was in jail…

What makes us Kin

I had a coffee with my cousin the other day and we caught up on each other’s lives and chatted about family.  It was an enjoyable afternoon.  We discovered that we had a number of things in common and not just our white beards.  We both drive the same model car, love history and we…

Put down your phone

There are denominations that seem to obsess on the end times but I wouldn’t have guessed the Russian Orthodox Church to be one of those. And yet the church’s head, Patriarch Kirill, is warning that the Antichrist might be closer than we think. Recently he speculated that smartphones might be leading us one step closer…

Just wait!

I read an article a while back that said that we will spend 5 years of our life waiting in line!  There have been times that I’ve felt like I waited 5 years in one line.   That doesn’t even start to include the time we spend waiting on the phone, waiting at red lights…

God Gave you A Brain

Seriously?  I mean, really?  It’s pretty obvious that common sense was a little lacking in this man’s repertoire. Last week a man in his sixties from New Zealand blew up his boat and himself.  The explosion was caused when he checked for a gas leak by lighting a match.  I kid you not, with a…

More than Merry Christmas

At first, I thought it was just my imagination, but then Angela mentioned it and I started paying more attention. And I’m not sure what to make of it. Maybe you noticed it as well. This year it seemed that more people were wishing me Merry Christmas, in stores and on the phone. On Christmas…

Dream Time

What could God do with Cornerstone if we let Him?  You know, if we just got out of His way. As I’ve been working on the recommendations in the Maximizing Impact report, I’ve been asking myself that question.  And not just that question either.  I’ve been asking, “How can we be the church that God…

Do They Hear What I Hear?

Do you hear what I hear? Actually, the question should be, do they hear what I hear? The other day while strolling through Walmart I heard a traditional Christmas Carol being played and if people had listened they would have heard of a virgin birth, celestial choirs and the birth of Jesus. But how many…

Happy Birthday

Is it my imagination or are there more Christmas lights up this year then there were last year? Angela and I were commenting on it the other night, it seems like every street is trying to outdo the other, at least in Kingswood. The displays range from the understated and tasteful right up to, good…

The Old Old Story

This year will mark the 24th year that I’ve preached the Christmas story at Cornerstone.  And every year the challenge is; how to make the same old story new and fresh.  Well, the reality is, the story doesn’t have to become new and fresh, the story is fine, it’s just the presentation that has to…