Pastor’s Blog

Black vs. Blue vs. All Lives Matter

Tensions are high. Violence is spreading. People are taking sides and lobbing straw-man arguments at the other side. Some say “Black lives matter,” while others say “Blue lives matter,” and still others say “all lives matter.” The more passionate people grow in their position, the more they vilify the other side (or sides). What has

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Wine in the Cup

This Sunday (May 1) we will be adding wine to the tray for the Lord’s Supper so that wine and grape juice are both available. As we prepare to make the change, it’s important to talk about why. Why wine? The simplest and best answer is because that is what was in the cup at

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Becoming a W.E.L.L. Church

Our goal through Fanning the Flame is to attend to our health as a church. We want to be a healthy, vibrant body of Christ that brings glory to the Lord. Our mission points toward what that looks like for us. Our Effective Structures task force set out to discern the best way for us

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Making Fanning the Flame a Priority

Since the time we followed the Lord’s leading to commit ourselves to Fanning the Flame, it has been our intent to make it a priority. Our coach, Joe Weatherly, is a pastor himself and has coached over 70 churches through this process, helping them carefully evaluate themselves, put together a plan for the future, and

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Resolve for a Long Apprenticeship

“It is not difficult…to get a person interested in the message of the gospel; it is terrifically difficult to sustain the interest. Millions of people in our culture make decisions for Christ, but there is a dreadful attrition rate. Many claim to have been born again, but the evidence for mature Christian discipleship is slim.

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Fanning the Flame and Effective Structures

This past month we have kicked off a team assembled to assess and strategize effective structures for our congregation. You might ask, what do you mean by effective structures? This strategy is meant to help us figure out the best way to push our vision down into the way we organize ourselves into ministry teams

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Fanning the Flame and our Key Purpose

This past month your fanning the flame team has been working on telling people about the things that we are doing. One of the things is to communicate our vision or key purpose. A “key purpose” of “vision statement” is meant to communicate how Cornerstone will seek to apply the mission of the Church[1] within

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Fanning the Flame: September 2011

Fanning the Flame Update: Spiritual Battle Cry And Ishbi-benob, one of the descendants of the giants, whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of bronze, and who was armed with a new sword, thought to kill David. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid and attacked the Philistine and killed him… Then Sibbecai

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Becoming a Praying Church

One of our goals at Cornerstone is to become a praying church. In one sense we could say that we already are a praying church. Our worship services are saturated with prayer, our session and staff pray weekly over your prayer requests, a prayer chain circulates other ad hoc prayer requests among the ladies of the church, etc. But

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