Pastor's Blog

July 27, 2016

I’m reporting in from this week’s summer camp at St. John’s: “Cave Quest – Following Jesus the Light of the World” – also known as “Vacation Bible School.”I’ve been hamming it up with Carolyn Sharp as “Clark Cavern” for the opening ceremonies.  It’s an opportunity to be goofy, and share the theme of the day with our kids.  On day one, Clark explains that he’s a spelunker in training at “Caving Technical School.”  But he also reveals that he is terrible at caving, and that he’s always getting lost.  “The instructors have to keep sending out search parties to find me,” he groans.  What’s more, he’s afraid of the dark!  In the midst of it all, Clark is discovering that Jesus really is the light of the world; that he gives us hope when we feel discouraged, courage when we’re afraid, and direction when we can’t find our way.  These lessons are reinforced through games, crafts, an immersive bible story, and…something very special this year: an introduction to Jesus’ work in other parts of th...

July 21, 2016

If you’ve ever visited Carlsbad Caverns NM, you know that it takes about an hour just to descend the switchbacks into this massive underground world.  All along the path there are dim electric lights that guide your steps; but I didn’t appreciate those lights until our family took a tour of what’s called the Queen’s Chamber.  There, the ranger asked one of us to turn off the switch which illuminated the cavern, and all at once we were thrown into absolute darkness. That’s when I began to ponder what it would be like to navigate the miles of narrow switch backs and bottomless gorges back to the surface…without light.  It would be, quite simply, terrifying!  Who would choose to grope their way in or out of here without a lamp. I couldn’t imagine it.  

In 1 John 1:5 we read, “God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.” The light of God is the light of truth and goodness, where there is no falsehood, no deception, and not a shred of evil.  Having fellowship with Go...

July 14, 2016

You have to work hard to be unimpressed at 3000 ft. granite monoliths like El Capitan and Half Dome, the graceful Merced River, and the breathtaking waterfalls on the Mist Trail and at every turn in Yosemite Nat’l Park.  And don’t get me started on the 400 billion stars of the milky way that shine through the clear dark nights.  The infinite creativity of God made evident in the processes of the natural world are truly awesome to behold.  Did I mention that my family was in Yosemite last week?

Apparently, the Yosemite tribe that first lived in this area named it Awooni for “gaping mouth.”  Awooni I was told, describes the valley’s gaping mouth-like appearance which its massive walls certainly display.  Even so, I could think of another origin for the name Awooni (or Ahwahnee from which the hotel gets its name), and that’s the jaw-dropping awe and amazement that humans display when they first lay eyes upon it!  That, in any case, was my child-like reaction at every turn.

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