Danny & Karen

In our house, the soft sound of bells is supposed to quietly usher in an amazing celebration of the birth of the Savior. But I must say that the sound of bells is more like a cacophony this year. There are those lovely Christmas bells, but they are being drowned out...

Beloved Saints

Christmas can be a particularly difficult season of the year for us. It is a time full of nostalgia, which can make our heart long for someone we’ve lost or a time now past. We’ve lost some dear saints this year from among our family. And over the years, we have lost...

Andrew & Katie

Ah, young love is in the air. And it’s grand. Our youth pastor, Andrew Staffieri, is now headed to the altar to marry Katie McGregor. I knew Bruce McGregor and I had something in common. We will both be facing many tears in 2020. There is something very special when...

Our Anchor

The calendar says it is now December. This month our theme is “Behold Your King.” One of the ways to behold Jesus this Christmas is to make a commitment to draw near to Him daily, no matter how busy life gets. There are many tools to help you to Behold the King. Here...

Dan – Loyal, Faithful Pillar & Friend

I got the phone call on Wednesday night, just before dinner. Dan Kazarian had passed away. He died on Tuesday while eating breakfast. It was quick. It was unexpected. And his daughter was relieved that he hadn’t suffered. Dan is now with His Savior and his dear wife,...

Fishing and Fantasy Football

A week ago we were in Mammoth, fishing. The locals said we encountered great weather – an “Indian summer.” Well, my experience with that weather pattern is a little more heat during the day than we felt. But, hey, Mammoth in the 60s in November, I’ll take it....

Heroes of Faith

Halloween has come and gone for 2019. I always break out in a small smile when that celebration is over. Why? Because at its best, Halloween has become a celebration of the mindless paganism our ancestors wisely turned their backs on. But now the best holidays are in...

Practical Advice

James Welch Every once in a while, the Back Page ought to provide practical advice. I wish I was smart and clever enough to provide witty banter every week, but I’m not. The kids have left the nest, so my best material went with them. Parenting is great fodder, at...

The Jerusalem Santa

I had walked by this place while I’d been alone in Jerusalem. And I scoffed. It bothered me that here in the land of Jesus, there’s a place devoted to Santa Claus. Come on, no Santa here. When we were out on an evening excursion for gelato, we walked by this house...

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...
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