25 Years

Twenty-five years ago this week, I preached my first sermon here at Peninsula. The message was a blur, but I still have the notes and may just preach it again someday. It was no barnburner; I can guarantee that. How do I know? Because I’d used my two best sermons to...

Purpose of the Journey

I am back in Palos Verdes. But, I’m not sure what time it is. My body says one time, the brain quite another. Such are the joys of international travel — and it’s common to us all. I’ve just started thinking about the start of the trip, the Uganda part. When I was in...

What is a Name?

As I sit on my bed I can see the Citadel of David peeking out between some very ordinary rooftops. The Citadel of David has nothing to do with King David, you should know. The tower does have something to do with Herod the Great. His palace was destroyed and, in the...

The Truth of the Empty Tomb

This has been a bit of a mixed week for me. I’m writing before the tour group arrives (Thursday early evening) and my much-anticipated time in Jerusalem has been different than planned. Well, there wasn’t much of a plan to begin with, to be honest. I didn’t feel well...

Standing at the City Gate

Sometimes it takes an experience in life to teach you clearly some biblical truth. The last half of the week at the medical clinic in Bombo, Uganda, I had delegated most of my tasks to others. That left me with not a whole lot of pressing matters to consume my time....

First Impressions

Things are coming together in Bombo for this year’s medical mission. I think. We are on day 2 of our preparations. The rest of the team arrives tonight (Friday) and then the work will move into high gear on Saturday. We’ll have lots of extra hands as orientation...

Les – A Heart for the Gospel and for People

On Thursday night, I remembered that I had forgotten to get something from my office. So after dinner, I got in the car and made my way back up to the church. Thursday was a long day, by the way, so I was exhausted. I had been at Green Hills all morning saying...

Pray for Summer Camp

This is a big week, and you might not even know it. Sometimes big things fall under the radar around here. But this one is actually really big. Why? Because lives change at camp. Our youth ministry heads out to summer camp after church this afternoon. They are heading...

Wedding Bells

Life changed this week. In a wonderful way. On Wednesday I got a phone call from Lindsey that Noah MacDonald had proposed to her on a hike near Crystal Cove (and she said, “yes” – just to be clear). It was not a surprise. Christie and I knew it was coming and had...

Students Who Impact Their World

Tuesday was an amazing day. I got up early and headed out to Thermal, to watch (and encourage) our students in action at the Tesoro VBS. We weren’t a very large team, but we were powerful. Now, getting on the road was a little rough. It took me two gas stations and...
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