In recent days we have all been reminded of the fact that there is suffering and pain and evil in the world. Whether it’s an island totally devastated by a hurricane or a city reduced to shambles by a deadly earthquake or concert goers mowed down like fish in a barrel by a crazed gunman,… Continue reading Sola Gratia
October 31st 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On that day in history, Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, which called into question the Roman Catholic Church's practice of selling "indulgences". This single act is credited with igniting the flame that became the… Continue reading Summa Scriptura
The advertising methods of the Marine Corps are (and always have been) unique. While other brands and organizations are catering to the culture by lowering standards, adding perks, and making promises, the Marine Corps is attracting new recruits through unflinching standards, exclusivity, and promises of hardship, challenge, and pain. In 1973, the Marine Corps borrowed the… Continue reading I Won’t Promise You a Rose Garden
When my wife was a child, her father used to give her marshmallows whenever she got hurt, referring to them as "get better pills". The goal, of course, was not to cure the injury, but rather to distract from the pain and calm the fountain of tears. In the same way, a kind of "marshmallow… Continue reading The Marshmallow “gospel”
It's been a long time since I've run anywhere other than to my car... in the rain. But all that changed recently when I laced up my shoes and set out to conquer a local loop. The goal: 3 laps (1.2 miles each). Almost immediately, my legs were on fire, followed by stomach cramps and… Continue reading You Should Run More
We just started another round of our membership class here at Cornerstone. It’s a tailored opportunity for individuals and families who are guests at Cornerstone to learn more about what we believe and how we practice those beliefs. During the Q&A time I was asked an insightful question (I’m paraphrasing): “If all the relational elements… Continue reading Does Membership Matter?
I love my daughter more than I can express, but today’s blog is for the boys. The last few weeks of our summer was… to put it simply, a summer for the boys. My wife, my oldest son and I flew to Kenya to work in a boys shelter in the town of Naivasha. While […]… Continue reading Boys of Summer