“The Church Collects Sinners,” [God’s Hospital]

This following excerpt is from the devotional book, “Living the Message,” by Eugene H. Peterson.  This pastor-professor is probably the person I want to grow up to be like; he has a gentleness and eloquence that is seldom seen–and highly respected. Author of many books, and his extraordinary translation of the Bible, titled “The Message”Continue reading ““The Church Collects Sinners,” [God’s Hospital]”

The Depression Epidemic

Why we’re more down than ever—and the crucial role churches play in healing. Dan G. Blazer | originally posted 3/06/2009 at Christianity Today The church is God’s hospital. It has always been full of people on the mend. Jesus himself made a point of inviting the lame, the blind, and the possessed to be healed andContinue reading “The Depression Epidemic”

Shedding Self-Importance

“I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.”  D.L. Moody April, 2000 Shortly after Lynn and I were accepted by Kachemak Bay Christian Center to be their pastor, we traveled to California to be with family for a few weeks.  On our return to Alaska we drove from Anchorage to our home in HomerContinue reading “Shedding Self-Importance”

Another Tree, and He Still Speaks

My heart is that you would comprehend His love,  and turn and hear Him whisper peace and kindness to you.  There is no question– we’ve sinned and rebelled and screwed things up.  But He doesn’t judge, or give us what we deserve.  Jesus gives us the most wonderful present ever. We really have nothing to bring. WeContinue reading “Another Tree, and He Still Speaks”