Make a Way

By Joe Stowell on May 21, 2019

May is the month we celebrate Memorial Day, when we commemorate heroes who have fought in battle for our freedom.

One of my personal heroes is Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was known for his courageous leadership during World War II. His battle-tested skill equipped the troops to reclaim Europe. Soon after returning to the U.S. as a hero, he was elected president.

While in Europe, Eisenhower had experienced…

Don't Be an April Fool

By Joe Stowell on April 5, 2019

April is the month that begins with jokes …

I've had a lot of April Fools' jokes pulled on me, and I must admit that I've pulled off a few pretty good ones myself. But one thing I've noticed: no one likes being called a fool, much less being made to look like a fool. We like to think of ourselves as savvy, wise and sharp—not easily tricked or duped. But when we measure ourselves by God's standards…

Gate Crashers

By Joe Stowell on March 6, 2019

Several years ago, the Pentagon built warships designed to fight terrorism. This class of battleship could carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft. Interestingly, one of the fleet, the USS New York, was built with 24 tons of scrap metal from the wreckage of the World Trade Center terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001. Talk about…

Can't Wait

By Joe Stowell on February 5, 2019

Hey, for any of you who may have forgotten, it's February—it's the month of Valentine's Day and of love! Hopefully, you still have time to pick up something special for the important people in your life. (And you don't even have to tell them that I reminded you!)

The love of my life, of course, is my wife, Martie. I remember so clearly the summer before our senior year of college when I finally summoned…

Choices

By Joe Stowell on January 9, 2019

January is a season for resolutions. As we survey the year we've just completed, we look ahead and dream of what the next year may hold and what value we might instill on the coming season.

A friend once told me: "Joe, I've come to realize that my life is not made by the dreams that I dream but by the choices that I make."

Count on it: You will have plenty of choices in life. And usually, they boil…

Advent Series Part 5: Our Conquering King

By Joe Stowell on December 21, 2018

The royal birth of King Jesus was filled with themes of joy and hope. Mary and Joseph had been told by angelic messengers that this baby would be the long-awaited Messiah, and the shepherds had heard that this royal baby promised salvation, peace and good will to all.

Advent Series Part 4: Holiday Visitors

By Joe Stowell on December 20, 2018

One of our great Christmas traditions is opening our homes to visitors who come to help us celebrate—like gift-bearing grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors—which reminds me of the fact that Joseph and Mary welcomed visitors who came to celebrate the royal birth of King Jesus.

Advent Series Part 3: A Gift-Giving King

By Joe Stowell on December 17, 2018

You can't think about Christmas without thinking about gifts. And when it comes to opening gifts on Christmas morning, children are the best! It's so fun to watch them shout with amazement and jump for joy as they open their presents.

Speaking of gifts, imagine that you were invited to the palace of a king for Christmas. My guess is that you would go out of your way to give him a gift that would impress…

Advent Series Part 2: A Suffering King

By Joe Stowell on December 10, 2018

I'm fascinated by how intrigued we are with royal births. When British royalty, like Kate, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a royal child it draws international attention. We can't wait to see pictures of the baby surrounded with regalia, pomp and circumstance.

This Christmas we will be reminded of how different it was with the royal birth of King Jesus. King Herod, driven…

Being Thankful Anyway

By Joe Stowell on November 6, 2018

November means Thanksgiving is coming up—by far and away my favorite holiday. I'm sure our students agree, as it means a much-needed break before the final crunch of the semester!

I'm not sure why I love Thanksgiving so much, except that it has always seemed so uncluttered. Fortunately, it has escaped the commercialization of Halloween and Christmas. There are no goblins or trick-or-treaters, and…

Wilderness Experiences

By Joe Stowell on October 5, 2018

Is it just me, or does it seem like Americans have become increasingly fascinated with outdoor experiences like mountain climbing, white-water rafting, rappelling and other treacherous activities? At Cornerstone University, I've noticed that outdoor wear has become a fashion statement and some students prefer to do their homework in hammocks strung high in the trees. Camping and hiking are popular…

Life in the Waiting Room

By Joe Stowell on September 5, 2018

It's that time of year again—our campus is humming with new and returning students settling into their dorm rooms and class schedules, likely all asking the same questions: who am I and what is my role on this earth?

Got Any Neighbors?

By Joe Stowell on August 7, 2018

Recently at Cornerstone we held a Talking Points event focused on the theme of justice and unity. We had a good turnout with insightful teaching and a panel discussion about issues that tend to divide the body of Christ.

A Parade Worth Marching In

By Joe Stowell on July 2, 2018

If you are first and foremost a follower of Jesus, revel in the independence and freedom that you have found in Him. Picture yourself being led through the streets of your town, on display to your friends and family as a trophy of Christ's victory. When Jesus is the victor, no one can rain on your parade!