Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

JC and the Holidays

I spent a day this week with my daughter, who is a social media communications and marketing manager. We were talking about upcoming holidays and she said that in the marketing and communications world, holidays were always important – a chance to promote something....

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The January Blues

I am not a lover of the month of January. Christmas decorations are boxed away (as they should be) so the environment is starker than it had been from the holidays. The lights which had shone so brightly have now gone dark. And then there is that annual meeting to...

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Rain or Shine, Blue Skies or Gray

I was pretty glad to get back to SoCal last Saturday.  What a relief to see the sun again! You’d been missed, old friend.  In our four days in Dallas it was nothing but gloom.  On several levels.  No sun.  Period. A Trojan loss in the Cotton Bowl.  Nothing over 50...

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Just One More Ascent

Sometimes my creativity and inspiration are on “empty.”  This is one of those weeks.  Until….I check my “inbox” and found this link to a recent Ed Welch (no relation) blog.  I found it intriguing.  So instead of a weak attempt and originality, I pass along Ed’s...

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Worship Him Fully This Christmas Season

I know of the evils of social media.  Yes, it can consume.  Yes, it can distract.  Yes, it can hinder conversation.  But, it can also bring to mind a thought which changes a day.  Or even a season.  My Twitter feed did that for me this week.  As I was checking down my...

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We Are A Bit Crazy

It’s been another tumultuous week.  Fires.  Shifting world capitals.  Shooting.  Resignations.  Through all the clutter of the week, I was struck by one news clip I saw this week.  Now, I don’t want to get all controversial on us, we are here to worship Jesus this...

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December Transitions

There is always a sense of awe and worship as the Christmas season begins. The church is freshly decorated and the change grabs our attention -- Christmas is here. But today is a bit bittersweet. We bid farewell today to Krista Ziebarth. Really? It’s true. If you ask...

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Advent Conspiracy

I would imagine there is not much left of your turkey.  Or stuffing.  Or maybe even the pies.  I mean we have to get that behind us because Christmas is coming.  Nothing stands in its way this morning.  For some, that’s good news.  For others, not so much. Several...

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Hindustan Bible Institute

It’s been about 18 months since I spent a few days in Chennai, India.  I was a little uneasy as I prepared for the trip.  I was “on my way” to Uganda, but took a stop in southeast India before the medical mission.  It was a strange juxtaposition of cultures, I must...

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Find America

One more vacation story. We had anchored off the picturesque Amalfi Coast in Italy, and had decided to avoid the crowded, winding, cliff-top road that marks the coastline.  Instead, we’d see this part of Italy from a boat.  I wasn’t sure if we’d really enjoy all day...

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