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Repenting of a God-Complex

“I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no God.”—Isaiah 45:5

There was a new psychological study conducted earlier this year that suggested Americans are more stressed, depressed, and anxiety-ridden than they’ve ever been. According to the study, the last 30 years have been tough on Americans, as anxiety related disorders have risen by more than 1,200 percent. The study went on to suggest that the fast-paced, high demand culture we live in is the primary cause, while noting that technology use, coinciding with the weakening of social bonds are also leading factors. There’s certainly much to be said for the cumulative affect of all these realities on the health of our psyche.

If I’m honest with myself, I can see how these realities shape my own felt experience of life. When I’m discouraged, I often find it’s because I’ve shredded the normal God-created boundaries for healthy life. I’ve filled my schedule with far more than I can ever do, stretching the margins of my energies and capacities. Day after day, getting up hours before dawn and then not shutting down until hours after dark. Often, as a consequence, I then don’t make good food decisions or get enough sleep. I neglect the gym and fail to make time for rest and recreation.

Now, like most people, I can get away with living this way for a while, and let’s face it—sometimes life requires such sacrifices. Eventually, however, if I keep this up, it begins to catch up with me. The backaches and headaches show up. Lethargy begins to take over. Pervasive feelings of emptiness and numbness present themselves. Nagging spiritual doubts creep in and intense temptations show up out of nowhere. If I see any mix of these things, I’ve learned (or am learning), it’s time to press pause and perform a self-audit.

A few years ago now I went on a Jim Collins reading kick, starting with his mega bestseller, Good To Great, and finishing that run with How the Mighty Fall. One little phrase in that latter book, How the Mighty Fall, really stuck out to me. He said that companies often fail because of, “…the undisciplined pursuit of more.” That word undisciplined caught me. I started to reflect on it. For me, undisciplined looked like saying, “yes” to things that I really ought to say, “no” to.

David Murray in his excellent little book, Reset, cites the minimalist expert Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism where he says, “We need to learn the slow ‘yes’ and the quick ‘no.’” The slow yes is a yes that stops and ponders priorities, purpose, and capacities. The slow yes asks questions like: “Is this within my calling?” “Is this worthwhile?” “Do I have the time, energy, and resource to give this the attention it deserves?” I’m learning how to do this better than I’ve done before, and I can see, even feel, the difference.

One of my biggest, besetting sin-tendencies is to think I’m God. It’s subconscious, of course, and I’d never say it that way in so many words. But, if you had an inside track on my life, you’d spot me all the time trying to live like I’m infinite, boundary-less, and self-sufficient. What a joke! Except that it’s not. By God’s grace, I’m continuing to learn (and re-learn) that first, fundamental, and always relevant principle of theology: “There is a God, and I am not him.” And that’s a very good thing.

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When Churches Become Tourist Attractions: A Reflection on the Life of the Church

IMG_6522My mind is officially blown. From the Acropolis in Athens to the Citadel of Corinth to the Coliseum in Rome, the last two weeks of mission work and travel have renewed yet again my love for history. The dates and dead people of centuries past that I’ve long studied and marveled at from afar became up close, three-dimensional, and fresh.

Hilaire Belloc argues that the past is in some sense retained in the spaces and places where history is made. If you’ve have traveled to historical places, you can appreciate the point Belloc is making. It’s hard to describe or quantify exactly, but there is something almost sacred about coursing through the streets, hilltops, and piazzas where generations of people have lived and died and where one history-shaping event after another has taken place.

As a Mission Team, we climbed the Areopagus in Athens to the place where Paul
reasoned with the Stoics and Epicureans and preached to them the gospel (Acts 17). Standing there and looking down on the Athenian Marketplace on the left and up to the ancient Acropolis on the right gave a whole new appreciation for the context of Paul’s unique presentation of the gospel among the philosophers.

We walked through the Corinthian Agora, touching the rock with the carved inscription, “The Synagogue of the Jews” where Paul first preached the gospel there. We stood together as a team on the Berma in Corinth where Paul was tried and acquitted by Gallio and walked the streets where Paul reasoned and preached and a church in Corinth was established (Acts 18).

A few of us ventured to Rome where Paul ministered for two years preaching the gospel with boldness and without hindrance. Tradition has it that Paul never made it to Spain as he hoped, so it’s likely Paul finished his ministry in Rome (Acts 27-28). The gospel took firm root in Rome. Basilicas, crosses, and monuments mark the skyline, testifying to the triumph of Christianity over the centuries as it spread from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and even to Rome—the uttermost part of the world (Acts 1:8)

But in the midst of all this wonder and romance, a very sobering note was rung. For right alongside these splendid antiquities was a haunting spiritual reality. In most cases, these towering churches no longer represent the life of Christianity but it’s passing. Churches are not sanctuaries for worship so much anymore as tourist attractions designed to make big business. The surging life of Christianity in Greece and Rome has in large measure faded from the scene.

It was an important reminder that buildings, monuments, and crosses can’t keep the Faith alive. Religious traditions long held and passed down from generation to generation do not in themselves contain the life-blood of Christianity. The heart of Christianity is a living work of God’s Spirit born and spread through the preaching of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That’s the heart of the faith. Period. And if that’s the case, then the church can never be bricks and mortar. It’s not even marble in the case of St. Peter’s Basilica. It’s not even plaster and wood as in the case of our beautiful little chapel in downtown Franklin. Because the gospel is a living and dynamic reality, it is “housed” in a living and dynamic reality called the church. That is, you—the people of God.

This fresh reminder has led me to pray more fervently for God’s preserving grace. That He might be pleased to lodge the Faith within us by His Spirit to be passed down to the next generation. That by God’s grace our grandchildren and great grandchildren won’t one day visit the antebellum chapel on the corner of Church St. and 3rd Ave. to see as a ancient monument to a long gone faith. By God’s grace, they will find within these walls what we have found here—a living church teeming with gospel faith.

 

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On Losing a Computer

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I really appreciate all your kind concern over the fate of my lost computer.

If you weren’t here last week, I mentioned in service that on my quick trip to Denver, CO, to visit the Thomas family I accidently left my computer in one of those plastic bens at the security check point at the Nashville airport. I didn’t realize it until I opened my satchel half way to Denver to find that my beautiful silver MacBook Pro was missing in action. Enter panic attack!

When I landed in Denver, I immediately called security in Nashville. No computer had been turned in. A little worried, I comforted myself with the thought that it’ll turn up soon. It couldn’t have gone far, right? Boy was I wrong. Much to my surprise, I received an e-mail message from someone in China who had my computer. You read that right: China! Somehow or another my computer ended up in this man’s suitcase and travelled half way across the world.

As I write to you today, the computer is still somewhere in China. I’ve corresponded with the man who has it several times. Last I heard he was going to look into the best way to return my computer. I’ve suggested he find a FedEx and let them take care of it! Pray he takes me up on that suggestion.

I’ve learned a few things from this experience thus far. Mostly, I’ve learned that you should never lose your computer! Trust me on this, friends. But aside from this obvious lesson, I’ve been forced to come to grips with how technologically dependent I am. I knew this before I lost my computer to a degree, but it’s come home to me in rather personal and painful way the moment my machine went missing. In a real and unsettling way, I felt as if my life had come to screeching halt. No computer. No life. How was I going to survive? Sounds ridiculous, but that’s how it felt.

Thankfully, I’ve learned there is a life beyond computers. In fact, it’s a pretty good life. For instance, I’ve rediscovered the gift of pen and paper. I’ve always loved to journal and handwriting, but I’ve drifted away from it as I’ve become more wedded to the computer. I’m experiencing a new and refreshing slowness in the practice of handwriting. I can even sense my mind slowing down in a healthy way, moving at a human pace rather than a technological one. Interestingly, I’m finding an increased ability to make connections between words, meanings, and concepts that seem to be missing when I’m following the blinking cursor and keypunching.

As strange as it may sound, there is something of a renewed satisfaction with meditative study taking place for me. Through the deliberate process of longhand writing, a fresh attention and receptivity has awakened. I can feel it in my bones.

Don’t misunderstand me. I want my computer back, and the sooner the better, please! But, by God’s providence, I’m grateful for this forced technological hiatus. For maybe when the computer gets here (if it does), I won’t let the computer “get me” as much as it once did.

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It’s a Joy to be Your Pastor

Cornestone LogoI woke that morning to a glowing iPhone screen with a text message that read, “I am praying that you will glorify God in all you do today!” It was from one of you. Amazingly, even before I was awake, you were awake remembering me before the Lord.

After the morning routine, I met with one of you for a sweet time of counsel and prayer before I hurried off to the She Reads Truth offices where I got the privilege of “preaching” an impromptu mini-sermon on the three uses of the law and how it applies to the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. It was as always such an encouraging time!

Arriving back at the office, I ran into another one of you on the sidewalk outside the church. We stole 5 minutes to catch up on life, revel in the grace of God, and pray before I dashed inside to finish my (overdue) article for He Reads Truth and return some phone calls.

At 11:30am, I met my parents and my Uncle Gary and Aunt Debra at the church to give them the grand tour of the chapel before eating lunch together. As we were walking to 55 South, I ran into one of you. After a few introductions (and some very important baseball talk), you insisted on buying our lunch and provided the means to do so. Astonished by your great kindness to us, we ate together giving thanks to God for your generosity.

I walked back from lunch on the phone with one of you. You were calling for counsel on a difficult situation in your life. Despite the challenge of what you’re facing, I was moved by the gospel resolve and patience God has given you. In more ways than I can articulate, you ministered to me in that conversation.

Well, I could go on, but I’ll pause here. The hour is late and Christy’s already in bed. (Plus, I’m running out of real estate). Let me wind this down by asking a question that’s probably lodged away in your head right now, “Why did I mention all this?” For only one reason: to give thanks.

Many pastors struggle to say a positive word about their congregations. I’m happy to say that’s never been my problem. In fact, I sometimes temper my praise and thanksgiving for Cornerstone in the presence of other pastors so as not to overly discourage them. The truth is this: it’s a joy to be your pastor. Thank you for giving me the privilege and suffering me so well. You have no idea how much it means.

Borrowing from the Apostle Paul, I say to you in closing: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3-5).

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Answering the Call: On Mission to Athens, Greece

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Whenever I teach the Exploring Cornerstone class, I unpack in detail the vision and mission of the church. To do that, I first summarize and then dissect this one sentence: “Cornerstone exists to glorify God in the gospel together as disciples who make disciples.” Embedded in that single sentence are these four priorities: worship, discipleship, fellowship, and mission. Let me break it out for you by italicizing the specific words that relate to these four areas of the church’s mission.

  • Worship – To glorify God in the gospel
  • Fellowship – To glorify God in the gospel together
  • Discipleship – To glorify God in the gospel together as disciples
  • Mission – To glorify God in the gospel together as disciples who make disciples

Whenever new folks enter Exploring Cornerstone, I ask them what drew them to our fellowship. It’s very common to hear that our Sunday morning worship service was a bigCornestone Logo draw. The quality and approach to music, the gospel-centered expository preaching, and the ordered intimacy of the service are regularly noted. It’s also not surprising to hear that folks are attracted by the warm and welcoming fellowship at Cornerstone. There’s a holy buzz on Sunday morning and a genuine friendliness and intimacy among the flock that’s often evident to those who visit. Many visitors also appreciate the breadth and depth of the discipling ministries. The quantity and quality of different discipleship offerings communicates to them our commitment to grow in the knowledge of God and be equipped for the work of ministry.

These comments are always encouraging, for they reveal that our ministry vision is not just on paper but is actually taking root in and radiating out from the life and ministry of the church itself. One distinctive, however, almost never gets the kind of commendation that worship, fellowship, and discipleship gets. Can you guess it? That’s right—missions. Why do visitors rarely mention being drawn to Cornerstone because of missions? We generously contribute financially to five campus ministries, eight church plants, and six missionaries (both foreign and national). We also have a host of members actively involved in local ministries like GraceWorks, Nashville Rescue Mission, English as a Second Language classes, nursing homes, prison ministry, local schools, etc. Even with this, it has seemed that this part of our vision has too often flown under the radar and not reached the same level of commitment as the other aspects of our vision.

I’ve been praying that more and more that the call of Jesus Christ “…to make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) would become for us the very heartbeat of our lives. In addition to prayer, the leadership of Cornerstone is striving to organize more opportunities for us to answer the call to make disciples both locally and globally.

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One such opportunity is quickly approaching. In partnership with one of our supported ministries, Servant Group International, Cornerstone is sponsoring a mission trip to Athens, Greece this summer. We will be serving among the 50,000 refugees that are stuck in Athens. Women will be assisting at a local church helping to provide for basic needs for moms and kids. Men will help with light construction and building a rooftop vegetable garden at a nearby live-in shelter for unaccompanied minor age refugee boys.   This is an incredible opportunity for you to show with your hands and share with your lips the love of Jesus Christ! Several of you have mentioned you are interested, but you’re concerned you can’t get the money. Let me urge you strongly to not let financial fear stand in the way! Church support is available and fundraising opportunities are forthcoming, but you need to apply in order to be a candidate for that support. Trust God to provide and say, “Yes!” to this unique opportunity. Let’s go together in the name of Christ as agents of gospel grace to make Christ known to those who are desperate need of gospel hope. Apply today! For more information visit www.ServantGroup.org/greece

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On Why the Ugliness of the Cross is So Beautiful

A few years ago now, the great Italian writer, Umberto Eco, published a book entitled, “On Ugliness.” It’s a remarkably disturbing book – as you might imagine – a book that both attracts and repels the reader all at the same time. From the opening picture of the severed head of the snake-haired Greek goddess, Medusa, to the closing image of “The Thing” taken from the 1982 horror movie by the same name, Eco explores the dark, the grotesque, and even monstrous in the visual culture of art.

Though it may sound like it, Eco didn’t write the book to simply rub our noses in the gross. Instead, he was striving to show the ever-changing conceptions of “ugly” over timeimages
and across cultures, and even more to provide greater understanding for how we come to determine and then label something as either beautiful or ugly.

At one point near the end of the book, Eco acknowledges that we don’t all respond to every “ugly” thing in the same way. John Milton’s elaborate description of Satan in Paradise Lost is most certainly ugly but in a way that repels us. While images of starving children— skeletal frames, distended bellies—are also in very real sense “ugly,” but in a way that draws us toward them in love and compassion. We might say there is a particularly mysterious interplay of disgust, repulsion, empathy, and attraction that rises up within us when the ugly comes to us in the form of human tragedy.

It’s this same mysterious interplay that helps make sense of Good Friday. For in a special and even cosmic way, ugly and beauty come together in the words, “Christ and him crucified.” For in order to save us, Jesus took on our sinful ugly.

  • Coming as a “…a man with no form or majesty that we should look on him, or beauty that we should desire him…” (Isaiah 53:2)
  • Living as a man of sorrows, experiencing the pain of rejection, “…a man from whom men hid their faces, who despised and esteemed him not…” (Isaiah 53:3)
  • Dying as a man marred beyond recognition “…being wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:5)

And yet for the believer this ugliness strikes us as a sublime beauty. For we know that this ugliness is not His by nature—it is His by love for us. Christ took up the ugly deformity of our sin on the cross in order to make us into the beauty of His righteousness. And so within the the the ugly truth of our sin and the gory details of the crucifixion is lodged the most beautiful thing imaginable. God’s love.

This is Good Friday. Thanks be to God.

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The Priority of Personal and Family Worship

silueta-de-familia-jugando-en-la-playa_1160-596Throughout church history, one of the key spiritual practices of a Christian household was regular family worship. Pausing daily to read the Scripture, pray, and sing together as a family became a regular practice in the early decades following the close of the New Testament era.

For instance, the early church father, Tertullian (c. 160-225), writes about central role family worship in Christian households saying, “…They pray together, they worship together, they fast together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another.” A few centuries later the archbishop of Constantinople, John Chrysostom (c. 349-407), implored God’s people to gather daily as families for worship, arguing that, “…every house should be a church, and every head of a family a spiritual shepherd…” (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, p. 545)

Family worship fell on hard times during the late medieval period. The hierarchical view of clergy as well as the removal of the Bible from the laity is at least part of the reason. But as the Reformation got underway, emphasizing a return to the Bible and translations in the vernacular of the people, family worship was revitalized. In his lectures in Genesis, Martin Luther (1483-1546) said, “Abraham had in his tent a house of God and a church, just as today any godly and pious head of a household instructs his children in godliness. Therefore, such a house is actually a school and a church, and the head of the household is a bishop and priest in his house.”

The framers of the Westminster Confession of Faith picked up the same sentiment in 1647 when in the chapter devoted to religious worship and services they wrote, “…God is to be worshipped everywhere, in spirit and truth; as, in private families daily, and in secret, each one by himself.” (WCF, 21.6)

In that very section, the WCF cites Deuteronomy 6:6-7 as a proof text for the instruction—a text some of you, I’m sure, have committed to memory, “And these words that I command to you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

The primary reason Cornerstone published The Repentant Life devotional for the Lenten season is to encourage you in the discipline of daily private and family worship. Due to the demands of daily life, it’s often unrealistic for a Father or Mother to prepare a daily Bible lesson for the family. Having a ready-made devotional with a simple service-like pattern helps the whole family enter into the presence of God together and be nourished spiritually without a lot of preparation or effort.

We sincerely hope you’re finding The Repentant Life devotional a helpful aid to your personal and family life this Lenten season. We’d love to receive feedback from you about the devotional. What are you finding helpful? What is challenging or confusing? Do you have any suggestions for how it could be better? These devotional publications are designed to help edify you, so please know your input is welcomed and always appreciated.

Resources for Learning More about Family Worship:

  • Family Worship by Donald Whitney
  • A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos
  • The Family Worship Book: A Resource For Family Devotions by Terry Johnson

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Officer Ordination & Installation

Next Sunday will be a special Lord’s Day in the life of our congregation. As most of you know, two weeks ago we elected six men to our officer coreimg_4355—three deacons and three elders. Next Sunday we will have the privilege of ordaining and installing these men to their respective office.

If you’ve never attended an ordination and installation service before, there are several elements of the service that are unique, including a charge, laying on of hands, and public vows. I thought it would be helpful to publish the vows ahead of time, so that you can see the commitments the officers are making to you, the church, and the commitments you, the church, are making to them. These vows are taken directly from our denomination’s Book of Church Order. Please read through, ponder, and prayerfully consider the vows below and come with joy and anticipation next week as we celebrate God’s provision of new officers in our midst.

Officer Vows

  • Do you believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given, to be the inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice?
  • Do you sincerely receive and adopt the Confession of Faith and the Catechisms of this Church, as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures; and do you further promise that if at any time you find yourself out of accord with any of the fundamentals of this system of doctrine, you will, on your own initiative, make known to your Session the change which has taken place in your views since the assumption of this ordination vow?
  • Do you approve of the form of government and discipline of the Presbyterian Church in America, in conformity with the general principles of Biblical polity?
  • Do you accept the office of ruling elder or deacon in this church, and promise faithfully to perform all the duties thereof, and to endeavor by the grace of God to adorn the profession of the Gospel in your life, and to set a worthy example before the Church of which God has made you an officer?
  • Do you promise subjection to your brethren in the Lord?
  • Do you promise to strive for the purity, peace, unity and edification of the Church?

Congregational Vows

  • Do you, the members of this church, acknowledge and receive these brothers as ruling elders or deacons, and do you promise to yield him all that honor, encouragement and obedience in the Lord to which his office, according to the Word of God and the Constitution of this Church, entitles him?

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Wait for It

One of the most disheartening things that can happen to a preacher is finding a great resource for a particular sermon a week too late. That happened to me this past week.

I just found out that Intervarsity Press published D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ sermons on Habakkuk in 1953. Lloyd-Jones, if you’re not familiar with him, was the Pastor of Westminster Chapel in London for nearly thirty years. He was one the most influential figures in the Reformed and Evangelical church in Britain in the 20th century.

Though I never met him—he died a year after I was born—Lloyd Jones has become one of martin-lloyd-jonesmy mentors, primarily in the area of preaching. His book Preaching & Preachers was the most influential book I read on preaching in seminary, and over the course of the last tenyears or so, I’ve listened to at least a couple hundred of his sermons online. He is, in my opinion, one of the greatest practitioners of expository preaching that has ever lived.

And so, I learned, after preaching half of Habakkuk, that Lloyd Jones’ sermons on this great book were available. Published in a slim little volume entitled, “From Fear to Faith.” I located a copy from a small book house in Britain and had it airmailed to me. It arrived Wednesday of this past week, and I’ve found little snatches of time this week to read through all six expositions. As you might imagine, it is remarkably good.

I took some small comfort in noticing his textual and application focus on Habakkuk 2:1-4 paralleled what we covered in last week’s message, namely, waiting upon the Lord. But what I enjoyed about Lloyd-Jones message was how he spent substantial time illustrating the principle of waiting upon the Lord from the Bible. Whether it was Noah, or Daniel, or Jeremiah, he showed that God’s people very often learn the most from God when they wait upon Him.

He finished his sermon on Habakkuk 2:1-4 with these words:

“For Christian people today, in perplexity with regarding to so much that is happening in the church and in the world, this is still the answer of God—wait. Not only is the whole future course of history known to God, and His purpose for the church made plain, but what He has decreed will most certainly come to pass. It may at times be difficult to understand the delay. Yet, ‘with God a thousand years are as one day and one day as a thousand years.’ Wait for the vision; it is certain, it is sure, it can never fail.”

These words are even more impactful when you realize that Lloyd Jones was speaking to a war torn audience in Britain at the time. After the ravages of World War II, Europe saw some of the bleakest days of hunger and disease. Many were without work and a whole generation of young soldiers had been killed. The questions circling their minds were, “What does all this mean? What is happening?” Or, as Lloyd Jones put it in his opening sermon, “Is God in control of world history?”

These are the questions many in the world today are asking. What is going on? Is God in control? Habakkuk is teaching us what it means to not stifle such questions but to instead take those questions to the Lord and probe His Word for answers. In the end, we may not get all the answers we want, at least not yet. But, we will most certainly get The Answer we really need.

Wait for it.

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Officer Election at Cornerstone

In June of this last year, the elders approved seven men to enter officer training at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. The seven men were John Marquardt, Gene King, Todd Russell, Mike Smith, Brian Phillips, Marty Smith, and Steve Green. Each of these men accepted your (the congregation) officer nomination and filled out the “Officer Readiness Questionnaire” as the first step in evaluating belief, character, and call to leadership

Beginning in July, these seven men began a six-month officer training process that focused on spiritual, doctrinal, and officer development. One of the objectives of training is to evaluate and test each man’s sense of call to being an officer as well as identifying Cornestone Logoand developing gifts for ministry.

Over the course of the training, Mike Smith and John Marquardt determined that now is not their time for them to pursue officership at Cornerstone. As so many of you know, Mike and John are remarkably godly men, whom the Lord has used immensely in our church and the wider community. Not surprisingly, it was their godliness and commitment to honor the integrity of officership that helped them determine that now is not the time for them to be an officer. Though it was sad to see them step away, my love and respect them increased all the more through the process. We are truly a better congregation for having these two brothers in our midst.

The five other men—Marty Smith, Brian Phillips, Todd Russell, Gene King, and Steve Green—finished training a couple of weeks ago and were examined this past Tuesday night by the elders. I’m pleased to announce that each man passed examination with flying colors and was unanimously recommend to the membership of Cornerstone for election on Sunday, February 12, 2017. (Mark your calendars now!)

In addition to these new officer candidates, one of our current officers, Joe Haworth, was nominated to move from the diaconate to the eldership. As anyone who knows Joe will testify, he’s a servant of servants. He’s certainly among the most caring and compassionate men I know. At the same time, Joe possesses gifts in teaching and spiritual shepherding. What that means is Joe is a unique servant of the Lord whose gifts could be deployed as either a deacon or an elder.

As Joe and I began to talk through his sense of call and gifting, exploring whether a transition from deacon to elder was wise, we both became convinced that a move to the eldership made the best sense. So, in addition to the five new candidates, you will also be voting on Joe Haworth for the office of elder.

To help you prepare to vote your conscience on February 12th, next week pictures as well as short bios of the officer candidates will be published in the Pastoral Notes, so you can get to know the men better. In addition, we will publish their contact information as well, so you can reach out to them personally with any questions you might have.

Speaking of questions, if you have any about the officer training process or the upcoming election, please feel free to contact the church office or one of our elders. We would be happy to help in any way we can!

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