Pastor’s Blog

Thoughts on the Election

I have an endorsement for you this election: put your trust in God. If there is one thing Isaiah is teaching us that is applicable in this season it is this: Do not put your trust in princes (or presidents) but in God. No matter how bad things look circumstantially, God remains in complete control.

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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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Is There a Predisposition to Homosexuality?

And does it matter? One of the arguments influencing our society, including evangelicals, is built on the premise that people are predisposed to a particular sexual preference. The argument is simple: since some are born with a predisposition to homosexuality, it would be a sin for them to deny the way God made them. This is how

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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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