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Cornerstone Christian Church
Syracuse, New York 13203
(315) 424-5472

About Derrick
  • Experience: This is my first church. I did an internship for nine months before I was hired as the full time Associate Minister in February, 2005. I worked for a year and a half before becoming officially ordained in September, 2006.
  • Family: I have been married for 21 years to my wife Beth and we have an 13 year-old son, Shaun.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Know your congregation. Get personal with them through counseling, relationship building, discipling, etc. Find out what their needs are and where they’re at and what they’re dealing with and preach accordingly. This also helps when communicating to make sure you use terms and language that’s appropriate for your audience. This helps to make your sermons more practical and applicable in their everyday lives; ensuring the biggest impact that makes a difference in their spiritual growth.
  • Books that have had an impact: C.S. Lewis’ ’Mere Christianity’ is a must for anyone who is interested in Apologetics. Other classics such as ’My Utmost for His Highest’ and ’Pilgrim’s Progress’ are keepers. Neil Anderson’s ’Victory Over the Darkness’ is also good for those struggling with sin and their identity in Christ.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy reading and creative writing. I’ve written poems and short stories along with a self-published fictional novel. Check out my website: www.SuperTuper.com for more information. Summer is my favorite time of year so I enjoy those seasonal activities the most.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Not funny at the time but it was about 15 minutes before service started and it was my Sunday to preach. My wife called, frantic. She had used her remote car starter but locked the keys in the house. She was outside in the cold with my two-year-old son and seven-year-old niece. I raced home (15 minutes), took care of business and raced back. I had just minutes to spare before it was time for the sermon. Afterwards, some said it was my best sermon to date. Perhaps chaos produces better sermons!
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  • The Emotional Jesus

    Contributed on Apr 6, 2020
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    Today is Palm Sunday. And in Jesus' triumphal entry, and elsewhere, we going to see the emotional side of Jesus. What did it mean then and what does it mean for us today?

    THE EMOTIONAL JESUS Palm Sunday In Our Griefshare group there has been a focus on the caring side of Jesus. It's important that we see the emotional aspect of Jesus. We need to understand that he is not just the Master of the Universe, he's not just the Savior, he's not just the King ...read more

  • Being Stable In Times Of Instability

    Contributed on Mar 30, 2020
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    We like the comfort of normalcy. But what happens when your normal is turned upside-down? We' re all having to deal with a new normal. Many people are panicking. It's important that we don't get caught up in it. What can help us to stay stable in times of instability?

    BEING STABLE IN TIMES OF INSTABILITY Although spontaneity can be exciting, I think most of the time we like structure and routine. Unless we're watching a suspenseful movie, we like to know what's expected to happen. We like the comfort of normalcy. But what happens when your normal is ...read more

  • If God Is For Us...

    Contributed on Mar 23, 2020
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    It's nice to know when someone's got your back. It's comforting to know that someone is by your side. In Romans 8, Paul talks about God this way. In today's passage, we'll see what it means to know that God is for us. If God is for us then what?

    IF GOD IS FOR US... Rom. 8:28-39 It's nice to know when someone's got your back. It's comforting to know that someone will be by your side. And it helps to know that someone is there for us. In Romans 8, Paul talks about God this way. In today's passage, we'll see what it means ...read more

  • The Lord Is My Shepherd (Part Two)

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2020
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    Psalm 23 is perhaps the most well-known Psalm. It's often quoted at funerals. Although you may be familiar with it, have you ever really studied it? Last week we looked at verses 1-3. Today we'll finish looking at David's 23rd Psalm. Let's see what we can learn.

    THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD (part two)-Psalm 23:4-6 Last week I talked about some of the dynamics of shepherding sheep. If they wander off they can't find their way home. They need a shepherd who cares about and looks out for them. David knew all about that because he was once a shepherd. He takes ...read more

  • The Lord Is My Shepherd (Part One)

    Contributed on Mar 9, 2020
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    Psalm 23 is perhaps the most well-known Psalm. It's often quoted at funerals. Although you may be familiar with it, have you ever really studied it? That's what we're going to do today and next week. Let's see what we can learn David's 23rd Psalm.

    THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD (part one) Psalm 23:1-3 In his book, I Shall Not Want, Robert Ketchum tells about a Sunday school teacher who asked her group if any of them could quote the twenty-third psalm. A little four-year-old girl was among those who raised their hands. A bit skeptical, the teacher ...read more

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  • Why Do We Say Merry Christmas But Happy Everything Else?

    Contributed on Dec 23, 2019
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    Why Do We Say “Merry Christmas” but “Happy” Everything Else? by, Meghan Jones. "The word "merry" isn't one we use very often during the months of January through November. But as soon as Thanksgiving passes, you're bound to start hearing and seeing it everywhere—on ...read more

  • Gabriel Hurles Was Enjoying His Sixth Birthday ...

    Contributed on Dec 21, 2012
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    Gabriel Hurles was enjoying his sixth birthday party. He was so focused on eating his birthday cake, that he hardly noticed the giant package in the corner of the room. When another child pointed out the large gift, Gabriel ran over and began to tear off the wrapping. It wasn’t a bicycle or any of ...read more

  • The Latched Of Sandals

    Contributed on Dec 14, 2012
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    Albert Barnes’ commentary for John 1:27: “The latchet of sandals was the string or thong by which they were fastened to the feet. To unloose them was the office of a servant, and John means, therefore, that he was unworthy to perform the lowest office for the Messiah. This was remarkable humility. ...read more

  • The Cave Dwellers” By Max Lucado. ...

    Contributed on Dec 4, 2012
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    “The Cave Dwellers” by Max Lucado. “Long ago, or maybe not so long ago, there was a tribe of people in a dark, cold cave. The cave dwellers would huddle together and cry against the chill. Loud and long they wailed. It was all they did. It was all they knew to do. The sounds in the cave were ...read more

  • The Wonderful Twists And Turns

    Contributed on Nov 12, 2012
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    THE WONDERFUL TWISTS AND TURNS Condolezza Rice said, "Life is full of surprises. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your ...read more