Transition in life

Today is a bit of a day of infamy. This morning marks the first Sunday in over twenty years that a Wickline has not been part of our church family. And by that I mean, with a home in the South Bay and regular access to worship here. At one point, there were eight of...

Issues Which Divide Church

There are many issues which divide churches these days. It’s an election year, so there are more on the horizon.  But some of those issues force me to examine my own willingness to live the grace of God and share Jesus as Savior and King.  The debacle at the southern...

A reflective season

I am in a season of life that seems more reflective. Maybe I am just tired.  But I have a couple of songs rattling around in my heart and mind these days which may explain things. I am a lover of Christian music (and I do have my favorite song writer, of course). What...

The future seems so uncertain

War is raging in the Middle East. The future seems so uncertain. And the present is more divided than ever. And I really didn’t think that was possible. Antisemitism is on the rise, even here in SoCal….outside the Museum of Tolerance. How ironic is that? I think...

Full Couple of Weeks

It’s been a full couple of weeks. I drove to Mammoth. I fished for ten minutes at Lake Mary.  I attended my niece’s wedding in Loomis. I drove home. I thoroughly enjoyed the Harvest Festival on Tuesday. And this week I’ve been digging into Ecclesiastes, of course. The...

Baptism is going public

For our Lord, it happened in the Jordan River by a man named John. Baptism in first century Jewish culture was very common. And it meant different things in different settings. For ritual purity, Jews used a mikvah and washing in a mikvah provided cleansing for...