• When Church Hurts

    25 June, 2018

    'Church is a re-fuelling station - the spiritual frosting on the cake after a week of personal cake baking.' (Maggie Woychik) When you don't feel like going to church anymore, it is likely church has dried you up or punched you out. There is no fuel there for you. Last century an…...[read more]

  • Why The Sheep Flee!

    23 June, 2018

    God's shepherd has undertaken care of the sick, not tyranny over the healthy. (St. Benedict) Rick Warren - the godly lead pastor of Orange County mega-church, 'Saddleback', taught last century that a church's task is to turn an audience into an army. As too then a pastor I grasped…...[read more]

  • Unsettling Proposals for the Christian Church

    22 June, 2018

    This is an unsettling proposal: The revolutionary Jesus brought fresh wine to a stale wedding, He invaded the temple twice and took whips to false worship, yet man's best attempts at fashioning church is in his own image - a pattern far from the pattern of Christ's image for His bride.…...[read more]

  • The Dread of Loneliness#

    21 June, 2018

    Loneliness is a single rose with no vase to hug it. Loneliness is outstretched arms that close around no one. ~ anon. A soul is hollowed out while loneliness persists. Anne Hathaway spoke about loneliness: Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I'm most worried…...[read more]

  • Deep Calls To Deep

    20 June, 2018

    Deep calls to deep. The adult who has played in the shallows will yearn for more. Faith and prayer beg for more. Righteousness calls to be heard. The more hardship polishes a man's faith, the clearer his grasp of it. When the soul is downcast and disturbed, when the waves and breakers sweep…...[read more]

  • Sipping Coffee with the Pastor

    19 June, 2018

    I recall the water's edge in a sheltered cove, a quiet backwater to a much larger basin that spilled into the ocean. We would take our young family there with a joy-filled regularity. This paradise secreted away from the maddening winds of life became the perfect water playground for our…...[read more]