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 You are told to travel to a new destination that you have never been to and you are given an outdated map to get there. Would you try to take a trip to an new destination completely relying on an outdated map?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
Best Year Yet – New Wisdom (January 12, 2018) - Recently I had a discussion with someone who asked me, "Why doesn't God speak to us like he used to in the Bible?" My response to them was, "How do you know that God doesn't?" In 1 Samuel 3:1 the chapter starts out with, "In those days the word of the Lord was rare, not many were seeing visions." So the idea of people not hearing from God is not a new thing, but it happens. Lets take a quick look at the context surrounding the books of 1 & 2 Samuel to see why. The book of Samuel (yes one book, but our bible separates them into 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel) took place after Israel was rescued from slavery in Egypt. They had made Read More
The Wonder of a Manger (December 15th, 2017) - How much thought have you put into Jesus being born in a manger? If you are like me probably not much, but I think we should. The Gospel of Luke says Mary, "gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn." A poor understanding of this story of Jesus' birth promotes the idea that Christ was somehow ostracised from society, rejected by his people and forced into a lowly stable. With a better understanding however maybe we should be seeing the newborn Jesus as arriving in a busy, loving and welcoming family home - and not distanced from humanity. I am not trying to ruin what Read More
The Wonder of a Name (December 8th, 2017) - Does your name have any special significance? I mean were you named after someone special or does it have a special meaning? I don't think that it is a common as it used to be. I have been working in the church for well over 15 years and I have heard many unique names that parents have given to their children and often when I ask why they named their child some special name like, "Jaxon with an x", they often tell me that their is no reason other than that it was unique. Well, that was until they enrolled their kid in our preschool program and found out that 5 other kids were named "Jaxon with an x" as well. Names in scripture had Read More
The Wonder of a Star (December 1st, 2017) - I have been watching the eyes of my youngest son light up as the Christmas decorations have been going up this year. At my house I have put up enough outside Christmas decorations to compete with Clark Griswold, but I haven't done this in the last 5 years. Why might you ask? Well my excuse for the last 5 years is that I have been busy. In 2012 I started seminary and every lateNovember through early December my time was occupied with final exams and term papers. After I graduated in 2015 I was preparing for interviews for the ordination process in the Methodist Church where the papers are due in early December. This year was the first year in a while that I didn't have Read More
November 4th, 2017 In a few words… - I am a South Texas boy, born and raised. I grew up around firearms and learned how and how not to use them. I grew up in a culture that saw owning a firearm as important as being able to go to church. That being said I understand how difficult the discussion can be around people who have been raised in a similar culture. To take away their right to own a firearm or even limit it would be as significant as telling me that you were going to take away my religious rights or limit them. As I sit here in my office I share this post while looking at a piece of history hanging on my wall. It is a replica of the Read More