Thoughts on 4th of July Church Services

It has been a rough road for the reputation of Christianity. This weekend that reputation was on display. Churches all over the country, in defiance of common sense and the clear and important restrictions given to us by health officials and government entities, met openly in crowded indoor spaces, singing and otherwise ignoring universal guidelines […]

Eucharist Alone

Today was both the beginning of Holy Week and for many Christians around the globe, a day to celebrate the Lord’s Supper/Eucharist. We did it alone. I used to bristle a little at weddings, when in the context of the body of Christ, we offered communion to the wedding party only – the congregation didn’t […]

Widows, Pennies, & Church at Home

I have been posting thoughts about Sunday worship on our church’s Facebook page, usually titled: “Best Things I Heard Today.” With our changing meeting landscape I thought I would expand that practice in to a blog post.

Faith, Doubt, Fear

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“For now we see through a glass, darkly…” I have spent many hours in all three categories.  Faith The first category is faith.  We all believe things. We believe things about reality; we also imagine things that we don’t really know about, but we imagine and believe. I have constructed statements of faith, I have […]

Praying for Others

The dynamic of prayer in the fellowship of the Saints is a dying art and practice.  Here are some guidelines for the art of what is known as intercession. in·ter·ces·sion /ˌintərˈseSHən/ Noun The action of intervening on behalf of another. The action of saying a prayer on behalf of another person. There are many examples […]

Olive Grove Church

I have pastored Nuevo Community Church for the past 21 years.  This year we are changing the name of the church to “Olive Grove Church.”  The reason we are changing our name is not simply to be trendy but we feel the need to start a new chapter in the life of the church based […]

Steve’s Five Points

Steve’s Five Points (originally Wally’s 5 points, but nobody* knows Wally) The following 5 points are the essential characteristics of healthy church life. Exegetical Preaching. The preaching of the church must be based upon God’s Word and the purpose of preaching is to explain a particular text of Scripture  – 2 Timothy 4:2 Genuine Expression of […]

Questions for God

Our Sunday night gathering here at NCC is called “The Well” and for the summer we have been doing a question and answer format covering apologetic, theological, social, personal and biblical categories.  Here are some of the questions from the last few weeks: What is absolutely necessary for salvation? Is saying the prayer enough? How […]

A Not So Easy, Easy Lesson

My seminary friend Dale Meador pastors a church in Medford, Oregon. Here he talks about a universal church problem which is apparently not so easy to eradicate since it seems to happen everywhere.  Thanks Dale. I bet Dale is a kinetic preacher. Read the email that accompanied this video.

Leave Your Church…

Here is a trend I am getting tired of… Glenn Beck, the political broadcaster, is urging people to leave their church if those churches are concerned about social justice. Today on the Radio Program Pastor’s Perspective (Calvary Chapel with Brian Broderson) a caller was encouraged to take his “tithe” and use it in his own […]