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Downtown to Suburbs

Publication:Pastoral Letter, April 2019 Dear Friend in Christ: When I entered the ministry, the largest churches were downtown, on main streets, or on the city square, central to the culture. Now most large churches are in the suburbs, peripheral to the culture. The migration of churches to the suburbs is symbolic to what has happened [...]

The Word, the World, the Future

Publication:Pastoral Letter, April 2013 Dear Friend in Christ, Thank you for giving me the privilege of expressing my heart to you each month. Writing to you helps me examine my own heart, hear the Lord, and try to obey. I do not always expect full agreement for all of the readers, but thanks for "listening". [...]

By |April 1st, 2013|Pastoral Letters, Worldview & Culture|0 Comments

Signs

Publication: Pastoral Letter, December 2008 Dear Friend in Christ: Recently a train the in the Los Angeles area missed a signal; people were killed. Tragedies occur when signs are missed. This Christmas we will celebrate history’s greatest and most illuminated sign, yet millions will miss it, and many will lose their lives. It happens every [...]

By |December 1st, 2008|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

Triumph Through Transition

Publication: Pastoral Letter, July 2008 Dear Friend in Christ: Here are questions to consider: Are we in a permanent transition? Will things be in a state of constant change? If so, can we not just survive but be “more than conquerors” in times of instability? Is the Lord using change to bring us back to [...]

By |July 1st, 2008|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

How to Have an Overcoming Faith

Publication: Pastoral Letter, November 2005 Dear Friend in Christ: Faith is the key to where God wants you to be; therefore, it is vital. My parents were “faith missionaries” when I was very young. Faith was a serious issue for our family. I remember my parents’ prayers. Today, our daughter and son-in-law are faith missionaries…faith [...]

By |November 1st, 2005|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

Where to Find Strength When Times are Tough

Publication: Pastoral Letter, August 2005 Dear Friend in Christ: This past Father’s Day, our sons and their wives took Carolyn and I to dinner. (Our daughter Charlyn and her husband Enrique are in Costa Rica.) It was enjoyable to be with family. We sat at the table and talked for more than two hours as [...]

By |August 1st, 2005|Foundations of Faith, Pastoral Letters|0 Comments