Archives For 2012


For the past 13 years, I have had the privilege of serving as the Worship Pastor at New Covenant Community Church in Fresno, CA. This morning was the last time I will likely ever be “in the pulpit” (although, as you will see, we don’t use a pulpit) at NewCov (see my previous blog posts about our journey HERE, HERE, and HERE). On January 1, 2013, I will begin my new journey as the Senior Pastor of Community Christian Fellowship in Siloam Springs, AR.

In case you missed it this morning, here is my final message at NewCov:













Dr. David Chambers is a biblical archeologist of some fame and held in high regard by his peers. But what began as an effort to prove authenticity of the biblical narrative has become a burden. Angry at a father who was too busy to attend his mother’s death bed, and years later abandoned by the love of his life, Chambers has grown disenchanted, unbelieving and is ready to toss expertise aside to pursue a new field of study. That changes when his old mentor and one of the few men he respects calls and persuades him to make one more dig – one that would bring great wealth to everyone involved. Using his specialized knowledge in ancient tunnels beneath Jerusalem and the enigmatic message of the Copper Scroll, Chambers undertakes what he assumes will be his last research trip in the Holy Land.

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Book Review: Behemoth

March 27, 2012 — 1 Comment















Behemoth begins on a game reserve in Kenya where the game warden, Jim Thompson, finds a cape buffalo and three bull elephants gored to death. The animal that did it is unlike anything they know and, when checking the prints left behind, the animal is identified as a distinct relative of a triceratops. In another part of the world, after being dismissed from his university for his creationist beliefs, Professor Stephen Gregory begins an AFrican safari for an animal believed to be extinct (until now)… an Apatasauraus.

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I had a good time reading The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo. In a nutshell, the book spans about 3,000 years and focuses on a group of immortal Jews who are seeking God’s forgiveness from their sin of rebellion by worshipping the calf at Sinai by killing bad guys throughout history.

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I’ve got to admit right up front: I’m a big fan of Max Lucado’s writing. I have been inspired and personally helped by many of his previous books. “Fearless” was no exception.

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I just finished reading, “Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives,” by Catherine Lewis. It is an inspiring book about the challenges and triumphs of a young man who suffers from blindness due to a problem with his optic nerve and his mother. It is a moving story that grabs you right from the start and alternately has you laughing one minute and crying the next. I loved the book and quickly passed it off to a friend. Don’t miss a chance to be inspired by “Rex.”

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I started 2012 with a book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

I found the book as my wife and I were walking through our local Sam’s Club. I thought the cover looked interesting and thought it would make a great Christmas present, so my wife bought it for me and squirreled it away until December 25.

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