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Pastor's Column: Easter Article 2.0

I recently submitted an Easter article to The Journal that was mistakenly printed early in last week’s edition – and with the incorrect title. When I emailed editor Brandon Cline about it, he apologized and offered to reprint... — Updated 4/18/2019


Pastor's Column: Sinners in the hands of a loving God

One of the most famous – or infamous – sermons in American history was preached in 1741 by a Massachusetts minister named Jonathan Edwards. The title was “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” It was the quintessential... — Updated 4/11/2019


Thanksgiving and a divided America

Thanksgiving is a wonderful American holiday. But as we celebrate it in 2018, we do so as a deeply divided country. This has been very evident with the recent midterm elections. Although the two main political parties seem to be... — Updated 1/11/2019


The foolishness of Easter

Lind Calvary Assembly of God This Sunday is Easter. It’s also April Fools’ Day. I couldn’t remember when these two ever coincided, but then I found out why. The last time Easter fell on April 1 was in 1956, which happened... — Updated 3/29/2018 Full story


King Tut and King Jesus

One of the most remarkable archeological discoveries in history occurred in 1922 when the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen was unearthed. For over 3,000 years, the concealed tomb hid an elaborate coffin containing the... — Updated 4/13/2017


The coming zombie apocalypse

In recent years American culture has developed a fascination with zombies. Although the subject of zombies has been found in literature, film and television for many decades, the interest has reached a new level. One of the... — Updated 3/24/2016


The password to a wonderful life

One of my favorite movies is the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart. The story follows Stewart’s character George Bailey who has become unhappy with his life because it has not turned out the... — Updated 11/26/2015


Gay marriage and its Supreme consequences

In what many are calling a “historic” ruling, last week the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Although those who support the homosexual movement celebrate this victory, I wonder about the social,... — Updated 7/2/2015


Tree rings of faith

One of my favorite things about living in Eastern Washington is the weather. It’s my opinion that there are very few parts of the country that can compare with the Inland Northwest’s weather. Even the places I’ve lived overse... — Updated 9/18/2014 Full story


Goodbye my good friend

Last month I had the difficult experience of saying goodbye to a good friend who was part of my life for 11 years. That friend was my dog Copper. Our family adopted her from the Humane Society in Moses Lake back in 2003. She was a... — Updated 4/17/2014


Read the book: Don’t wait for the movie

This past weekend the new film “Son of God” was released in theaters around the country. The producers are the same who created last year’s hit mini-series The Bible. While the mini-series tackled the entire Bible, Son of... — Updated 3/6/2014 Full story


A final lesson from the old high school

As I watched recently – along with the rest of the community – the demolition of the old high school building, I thought of how sad it was to witness. If the building had been remodeled, it could have been a centrally located... — Updated 10/3/2013


An iFuture for graduates

Lind Assembly of God Church About 15-20 years ago, when many things in our society were going digital, it became common to label them with the letter “e,” for example e-mail, e-business, e-book, and e-banking (“e” of... — Updated 5/30/2013


What Bethlehem and Newtown have in common

“Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.’” When I first... — Updated 12/27/2012


The Primary Purpose for Marriage

I recently performed a wedding in our church for a young couple. Though I have officiated many more funerals than weddings during my years of pastoral ministry, I always count it a privilege to participate in the ceremony of couple... — Updated 6/7/2012 Full story


Can we all just go out for a ‘beer?’

During the 17 years that I have been a part of the Lind and Ritzville communities, there have been very few issues as contentious and divisive as the recent matters concerning the school cooperative and the hospital controversy.... — Updated 11/3/2011


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