Open-Bible-with-PenWe just kicked off a new sermon series at CCF called “Relentless.” It’s about the book of Jonah and God’s relentless grace and love for all people.

I had a number of people ask me where I got my material. I had one group ask me if I could make available my rough notes from my study prep. They correctly assumed that there are a number of things that make it into study prep that don’t actually make it into the sermon.

I love the idea of being able to share some of those “extras” each week. I hope you find them helpful, edifying, and encouraging.

In addition to the PDF of my notes, there is also a link to the message from Sunday (in case you missed it).

For a number of years I was part of an excellent conference – the re:Create Conference in Nashville. You can read all about what re:create is about HERE (and if you’ve never been, I would recommend it to you if you are involved in the arts or are a church leader). It is an outstanding, paradigm-shifting experience.

In 2010, author Stephen Mansfield was one of our keynote speakers and he gave the following insights for worship leaders/worship pastors/arts pastors/artists in the church, especially as it pertains to working with your senior leader. They were great words then, when I was still an arts pastor. And they resonate even more, now that I am a senior pastor:

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Here’s a little something that should make you laugh…

After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in his seat and closed his eyes. As the train rolled out of the station, the young woman sitting next to him
pulled out her cell phone and started talking in a loud voice: “Hi sweetheart. It’s Sue. I’m on the train”. “Yes, I know it’s the six thirty and not the four thirty, but I had a long meeting”.

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I was inspired by this post on that got me thinking about my method of study and preaching using my Apple products. Then, earlier in the week I had a conversation about it with my former boss at my former church. So I thought I’d share some of the ways Apple has made my life easier as a pastor, especially as it relates to delivering messages on Sunday.

Here’s some of the things I’ve learned…

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The Pixar Theory

July 16, 2013 — Leave a comment


I won’t spoil the ending, but this article from Jon Negroni over at Mashable is worth a read. Negroni spent one year untangling the secret world hidden deep within Pixar films. This thesis originally appeared on his personal blog and quickly became a viral sensation. The author contends that every character in the Pixar films are all part of the same universe. And he proves it (with a stunning ending!).

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Wednesday Laugh Break

July 10, 2013 — 2 Comments


Sometimes you just have to laugh. Really. It’s even the Bible:

A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Prov. 17:22)

So go ahead… take your medicine!

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Today the Supreme Court ruled to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to not rule regarding a lesser court’s ruling to overturn California’s Proposition 8. What impact does today’s ruling by the Supreme Court have on the church?

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I remember watching Father Guido Sarducci (played by Don Novello) back in the original SNL days. Here’s a classic bit about the meaning of life, sin, and Purgatory.

“Most nuns are former Mafioso…”

Upcoming Series

June 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

We are starting a new teaching series in July at CCF called “Q&A.” We will be tackling the questions:

Who am I, really?
What is the Christian response to same-sex relationships?
What does God say about money?
Can faith and science co-exist?

In addition to the regular teaching, we will be taking questions live via text (479-259-1776), Twitter (@ccfss – hashtag #q&a), on Facebook (ccfsiloam), or via e-mail (

I put together this teaser trailer for the series. I made in in After Effects 6 and relied heavily on the Element plug-in from Video Copilot. It’s a little long and I’m not in love with the final product, but since video isn’t my main bag (or even my side bag), I’m content to live with it.


Q & A – Teaser Trailer 1 from Pat Callahan on Vimeo.

I remember the first time I saw her. It was 8 a.m. on January 6, 1987 in Dr. Koivisto’s Gospels class at Multnomah University (although back then it was called Multnomah School of the Bible). I was just starting my 2nd semester of my junior year in a small Christian college in Portland, OR. The start of 2nd semester was always a time the young men looked forward to because it meant the possibility of a few new female students transferring in and broadening the field, if you know what I mean.

I saw her right when she walked in. I can see it like it happened yesterday. She was wearing a long black wool coat and had a coffee in her hand. She had beautiful blond hair and perfect skin.

She took my breath away.

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