Renovate – Scaffolding (April 12th, 2018) - I have an affinity for architecture. When I was younger becoming an architect was one career I dreamed of becoming. That never happened, but to this day I still have a great appreciation of new and old buildings and seeing the craftsmanship that goes into designing and building them. A few years back my wife, Michelle, and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a trip to Chicago.  It was exciting to visit iconic buildings such as Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), the John Hancock Center, and Wrigley Field. I also like to visit historic churches as well. One church that I was looking forward to seeing was the 4th Presbyterian Church located in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood of downtown Chicago. This church was designed Read More
Renovate – April 4th, 2018 - Acts 2:42-47 & 4:32-35 is where my mind goes when I think of an ideal church. These verses describe the first church and the intimate fellowship maintained by the first Christians. I remember about 7 years ago sitting with a small group of high school seniors discussing these very same verses. During our discussion we talked about how wonderful it would be to be a part of a church like that, but also what sort of sacrifice would be involved as well. One young man by the name of Carter said to the group, "I think we have all experienced this before..." The rest of the group looked at him puzzled, because they did not feel the state of the church to which they all Read More
Rehab – Recovery (March 9th, 2018) - Hey friends, this has been an exciting week at Cornerstone and I am even more excited to tell you about some new and exciting things... but not yet! I will talk about one of those things this Sunday during worship but the rest will have to wait. Anyhow, today I want to share a bit about the scripture we will be covering this Sunday during worship. One of the most well know verses of our bible is John 3:16, "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life." This verse is wonderful, but I believe it comes alive in our in lives when we understand it in its context. Read More
Rehab – Program (March 2nd, 2018) - Check out the video of the edition of this blog post on our YouTube page: https://youtu.be/Nk6hiesI-sg A couple of years ago while I was an associate pastor at Wylie United Methodist Church I was preaching at one of the worship services when I noticed that a young girl, about 10 years old, in the first couple of rows. She was paying close attention throughout the service and making notes on the church bulletin. After the service was over she approached me and I could tell she had something she wanted to ask. She started off by saying that shetruly enjoyed my sermon but was bothered that she wasn't able to "check off" everything during the service. "Check off?", I thought to myself. It turned out Read More
Rehab – Intervention (February 23rd, 2018) - This week is the second week of our Lenten Worship series, "Rehab". I will admit when I was first introduced to the idea of a worship series called "Rehab", I wasn't very excited about it. When I think of the term rehab, I think about the moments in life when we are at our lowest, the moments in life when we are fighting to be restored. That is not exactly a worship series that sounds very hopeful, but maybe that is the point of Lent. Maybe this is a time of year when we can admit our brokenness and seek restoration. On of the biggest reason people struggling with addiction decline rehab is that most don’t think they actually have a problem. They tell themselves Read More
Rehab – Wilderness (February 16th, 2018) - When I was in high school I received an injury to my upper thigh during a high school football game. At first I thought it wasnothing more than a simple Charley Horse that required just a little stretching. After the game I iced it a bit but went to bed without thinking much more of it. The next morning I woke up and I couldn't even bend my leg. The muscle had tightened up so much that I couldn't do anything. No matter how hard I tried to bend the leg, I was unable. I ended up going through 2 months of rehab for an injury that I thought was nothing. During our lives many of us will go through many forms of rehabilitation, from Read More
Best Year Yet – New Vision (February 9th, 2018) - I personally want to thank everyone at Cornerstone for the wonderful birthday wishes this past Sunday and of course the beautiful altar flowers given in my honor. Birthdays are wonderful but they also remind me that as I get older it becomes more and more important for me to build and leave a legacy for others. In our text this Sunday we will be looking at Elijah and Elisha, two prophets from the Book of Kings (2 Kings 2:1-12).  In the passage Elijah has told Elisha that it is time for him to go up to Heaven. Throughout the passage it is known that Elijah will not be there forever and Elisha is the chosen successor. Elisha however would prefer that his master stay. This Read More
Best Year Yet – New Maps (February 2nd, 2018) - New Maps Imagine you have been selected for a top secret mission. You are told to travel to a new destination that you have never been to and you are given an outdated map to get there. Would you try to take a trip to an new destination completely relying on an outdated map? If your like me you wouldn't. Although the map wouldn't be completely unhelpful, it might not be efficient or even accurate. That is because the roads and highways are constantly changing. The church has been given a top secret mission by Jesus Christ. We are told to go out and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. For over 20 centuries churches have been on this mission Read More
Best Year Yet – New Love (January 26th, 2018) - What is love? When I first ask myself the question the first thing that pops into my mind is the 1990's song "What is Love?" by Haddaway. If you don't know the song, I advise against you listening to it because I promise it will get stuck in your head. I find that the best way to answer the question, "what is love", is to look to scripture. The Bible has a lot to say about love, as a matter of fact there are several hundred verses about it and various words in Greek and Hebrew that are used to describe it. To ask the question what is love, is to embark on a journey that never ends. This month we began a sermon series Read More
Best Year Yet – New Priorities (January 19th, 2018 ) - We have all had that looming deadline in front of us that is beckoning us to get something done. This past week Cornerstone's check out numbers were due to the conference office.  For those that do not know what "check out numbers" are, they are basically numbers that tell the conference office how we are doing as a church (plus a bunch of other stuff). This is not a difficult task but it is tedious and not a lot of fun. Therefore I did not have a lot of motivation to get it done. I did eventually get it done, but not without having to motivate myself several times. Why is it that we procrastinate some tasks? I have several thoughts. Maybe it is that some Read More