I mentioned previously that, challenged with coming up with a list of the core beliefs of my church, the members basically only agreed on one word: grace. And so I am grateful to Dănuţ Mănăstireanu for drawing my attention to the fact that U2 have a song with the title “Grace,” which I’ve shared above. [Read more...]

What is Sin? (Virtual Sunday School)

Last Sunday in my Sunday school class, we reached the part of the Lord’s Prayer that asks for forgiveness of sins/debts/trespasses. Among the topics which came up, and to which we would have returned today if all church events had not been cancelled due to the severe winter weather, were the question of what “sin” [Read More...]

Favorite Part of Church?

Jeremy Myers shared this drawing a child made on a bulletin, which asked them to draw their favorite part of the mass: I consider it a real privilege to attend a church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, where the only reason I am glad it is over is because by that point I am starting to [Read More...]

Misplaced Gods

I could have called this post several other things. I considered “What in Samhain is going on at Crooked Creek Baptist Church?” or perhaps “Bring Your Gods to Church Day.” But let me start at the beginning. The text for last Sunday’s sermon at my church was Paul’s speech at the Areopagus. My wife was [Read More...]

Good Fight

“Good fight” is something that two competitors can say to each other, winner to loser and vice versa, after a boxing match or something similar. It is also part of the phrase found in the Bible, “fight the good fight.” David Hayward’s cartoon above, and his post related to it, helpfully ask whether one can [Read More...]

Beyond Tribal Theology

The blog Psephizo shared this graphic, developed by Jon Kuhrt: Although I line up more on the liberal side of many things, I am delighted to be part of a church that isn’t liberal, nor moderate, nor conservative. It is diverse, and finding a church where you can not only be welcome and fit in, and [Read More...]


I recently shared a recording of a song I wrote, “Creed,” from when we performed it in church. I’ve now added the lyrics in closed captioning, and so thought I should mention that. [Read more...]

Bedrock Belief

My church had a meeting after the service yesterday to discuss and identify what our “bedrock beliefs” are. The discussion was led by our pastor Tom Bartley, and four tables of church members including multiple retired pastors and Sunday school teachers, as well as a range of others. Each individual came up with their own [Read More...]

The Lego-Scene Demoniac

At the recent “Kingdom Builders” retreat that my church (Crooked Creek Baptist Church) held, it had a LEGO theme. They recreated stories from the Bible with LEGOs, and videoed them. Here is the first one, depicting the story of the Gerasene demoniac: I agree with my pastor, Tom Bartley, that they deserve special praise for [Read More...]

Baptist Goddess?

There is a statue/bust in my church, which seems to have been there since before anyone currently in the church can remember. Anyone have any idea who it is of?   [Read more...]

Building a Church in Minecraft

A young and creative individual in my church, David Peacock, created this in Minecraft: It is a rendition of the building where my church meets, Crooked Creek Baptist Church. Here is a photo, for comparison: I am very impressed with the likeness, and the creativity in doing something like this. It got me thinking about [Read More...]