Pastor's Blog

August 24, 2016

At the beginning of this year, Will & I had the opportunity to step in as the interim youth directors. During this time, we partnered with the other volunteer leaders to teach the message to the students each week. Our favorite series was titled CLOSE, and we wanted to share one message brought to the youth by Tim Bernsau, that really stood out to us and the youth.

One day Tim walked into our leader meeting with a shirt so wrinkled it looked like he just woke up. I did not think much of it, but it was quite out of the ordinary.  Come to find out, as Tim began sharing that weeks’ message it soon became clear that the wrinkles had a purpose. Tim said:

 “This morning, I grabbed my shirt and found that it was very wrinkled. I pulled out the ironing board and spent the next 10 minutes ironing my shirt.  But, as you can see, it didn’t work too well, did it?.  Why do you think that is?”

After a series of very creative scenarios proposed by the students, Tim shared what actually happene...

April 6, 2016

It’s 2:00pm on a beautiful afternoon in the Santa Cruz mountains.  You might call it “Pastor Camp” if you think that hanging around two hundred pastors at a weeklong conference sounds like fun.  It began back in 1972 when a band of “mostly young Presbyterian pastors” first met for prayer, mutual encouragement, and excellent teaching.  We say we’re “evangelical” even if it is a misunderstood word, because it still conveys the passion of these pastors to be Christ-centered and biblical, and to share and embody the good news.


This is a pretty normal group of people, in my biased opinion, with such a variety of personalities.  Some are rather serious; others could do stand-up.  Some are talkers, others are more introverted; some have very large congregations, and others are happy to see 30 on a Sunday.  Some have been married for 45 years, others have known divorce or the death of a spouse.  There are pastors with five children, pastors with no children, and pastors who never mar...

March 30, 2016

Yesterday my family and I were walking through a gift shop at the Getty Villa, waiting for a tour to begin.  A moment later I heard the sound you don’t want to hear.  One of our girls had just knocked over a glass jar filled with tea leaves.  A shop worker came over.  “We’ll pay for that,” I said confidently -- now that I knew it wasn’t that $300 replica of Aphrodite.  “Don’t worry about it.  This happens about once a week.”  Another employee came over with a broom as I bent down to look for shards of glass.  “Did you knock this over sir?” He sounded serious. “Well, actually my daughter did,” I mumbled.  “Are you sure you didn’t knock this over -- Steven H. Craig.”  Wait…how did this guy know ---?  I looked up and started laughing. The employee grinning down at me was a friend from St. John’s.   He was trying to think of a clever way to say hello when we didn’t see him behind the counter; and our little mishap was too good to be true.  Turns out, he had just told his wife that though h...

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