I Don’t Get the Gospel

(Excerpt from Putting Jesus on Display with Love and Power) I don’t get the gospel. I don’t fully understand how good God is, how lost I am without him, or how good and in right standing I now am because I’ve been hidden in Christ. I forget how real...

Crestwood the Beautiful

If you have been around here for a while, you may have heard us reference Crestwood Vineyard as “Crestwood the Beautiful.”  There is a story behind this. The third week of April, 2013, a week after God spoke to me about planting this church, AT Hardgrave walked me...

A Brief History about Crestwood Vineyard

To begin with, Crestwood Vineyard is a convergence of allot of peoples histories with God and the trajectory of their lives.  I believe that my part is an important part but it’s not the only part, or even the most important part. Personal backstory Some personal...

Confessions of a Pastor in a Female Body

I was recently at the closing session of a pastors’ retreat. As the leader ran through the schedule for the final session, which included extended times for prayer and communion, he asked, “When should we take a group photo?” The developing consensus from the...

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers who are ragged with sleep deprivation and are trying to cover up that spot of your spit-up or snot on your blouse. Happy Mother’s Day to the moms who can’t be here this morning because a kid ran a fever in the middle of the night or...

Dealing with Failure

What do you do with your failures, sin, and poor choices? What do you do with those images that often suspend time, that play in slow motion like a car accident? Your life flashes before you. Fear grips you and strikes at the core of your being. This is often what...

Why Practice Spiritual Disciplines?

Good question. What spiritual disciples do is intentionally create a space in your life where you allow God to form your inward life into the nature of Christ. The spiritual discipline does not form you. The spiritual discipline only provides a structure or place to...

The Importance of Routinization

by Charles Bello & Brian Blount (taken from From the Sanctuary to the Streets) As we read through the gospels, we see Jesus doing ministry day to day as He goes about His business. He ministers to the woman at the well while waiting on His disciples to get back...

How to Do Lectio Divina

“Prayer is not designed to change God but to change us.” Thomas Keating Definition Lectio divina (lek-see-o de-vee-na) is an ancient prayer form that, for the first thousand years of church history, was an integral part of the Christian experience. It is a...