A Note from the Pastor – Coffee First Thing

Tens of millions of Americans can’t imagine starting the day without a cup of coffee. Glenn McDonald points out what most people have never suspected, that coffee was once a serious spiritual issue in the Catholic Church. Around 600 years ago a coffee craze struck the Middle East. Muslim mystics discovered that caffeine was an excellent way [...]

By |2019-09-04T21:22:25+00:00September 4th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Happy Endings

We love happy endings: monster will be vanquished, the toad will be changed into a prince, Beauty's love will transform the Beast and everyone lives happily ever after. Ancient Greeks were master storytellers. However, there is not a single happy ending in any of their epic mythology. The Greek notion of "hero" was someone who [...]

By |2019-08-29T20:26:40+00:00August 29th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Noble Lie vs The Truth

A friend of mine accused Christians of only doing good because there is a reward attached to it. It raises the question, “What prompts someone to serve another at remarkable levels of sacrifice—even to the point of surrendering their lives so others may live?” Some secular thinkers have trouble with this because they assume there [...]

By |2019-09-06T14:31:50+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Oaks of Righteousness

The burr oak is an amazing creation of God’s. If an acorn is buried by a squirrel in the fall and is not recovered the following spring, the acorn sends a root straight down five feet long that will anchor the tree for the rest of its life. Burr oaks grow slowly - about 12 inches a year.  It [...]

By |2019-09-06T14:31:50+00:00August 15th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Finding Treasure in God

Two centuries ago Spain fell to Napoleon Bonaparte’s army. In 1808 Napoleon put his brother, Joseph, on the Spanish throne. As they rushed to vacate the royal palace, the Spanish King and a trusted household servant hid the royal jewels and a set of priceless antique clocks in the walls. Since the palace had hundreds [...]

By |2019-08-08T14:49:51+00:00August 8th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – A Compassionate God

The great majority of ancient philosophers believed in God. But they struggled to account for the character of a supreme being who rules a world that is spectacularly beautiful and is also filled with so much suffering. They decided God had to be impassive. That meant God had no feelings of any kind. God could [...]

By |2019-08-01T15:55:05+00:00August 1st, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Not Fearing Death

One of the creepiest houses in America is the Sarah Winchester house in San Jose, CA.  Sarah Pardee married William Winchester, the firearms  entrepreneur who earned wealth and fame by his rifles. They had a little girl named Annie. Tragedy struck when both William and Annie died. Sarah was overwhelmed with depression and sought guidance [...]

By |2019-07-26T15:36:47+00:00July 26th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Always Moving Forward

 The Bible gives some strange commands, like In Deuteronomy 21:10-14, “When  you go to war against your enemies and you take captives, if you notice a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife. Bring her into your home and have her shave her head. After she has lived in [...]

By |2019-07-18T20:45:15+00:00July 18th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Barnacles Slowing Us Down

There’s an animal with one eye, no heart, both male and female sex organs, antennae that secrete cement, and hangs upside down its entire life—the barnacle. Barnacles are communal; where you find one you are likely to find hundreds or thousands. Each barnacle at birth cranks out its own version of super glue and settles [...]

By |2019-09-06T14:31:50+00:00July 11th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments