• THE PRELUDE AND POSTLUDE: Meaningful Addition or Meaningless Tradition? by Dr. Kimo Smith

    Have you ever wondered what meaningful function, if any, the prelude and postlude have in a worship service? Having played fifty-plus years of preludes to the accompaniment of pre-service chatter, and…

  • “What is God’s Invitation to You?” by Linda Roberts

    As I peered up nervously at the extremely steep half mile of climbing that lay before me, I said to my daughter, “I don’t know if I want to go on.” Our family had gone to Zion National Park for Thanks…

  • All Things New by Rev. Dr. Mark Roberts

    Well, we made it to the new year! If you’re like me, you’ll write 2019 a few times before 2020 feels normal. And then, before you know it, it will be 2021.   In the last week we’ve heard lots abo…

  • What are you waiting for? by Maddie Smith

    “What are you waiting for?” We usually ask this question rhetorically, when we want to encourage someone to stop hesitating, take a risk, and just get on with the thing already. This Advent, however,…

  • The Incarnation as Declaration by Courtney Rominger

    Last Sunday, like most Sundays, I sat at the front of the Sanctuary next to wiggly children during the children’s message. As Maddie Smith explained the importance of waiting and preparing and joy and…

  • Advent: Waiting for Immanuel by Brooke Coxon

    We live in a time where technology is at its peak and we no longer have to wait. I can find the fastest way into work by putting Google Maps up on my phone. With a swipe I can make purchases on Amazon…

  • Tea, Anyone? by Diane Leggewie

    I was reading an article yesterday about the number of people who hate their jobs, and my immediate response was a mix of sadness and joy. Sadness for all those who don’t find gratification and satisf…

  • The Political “Fire” Season by Michael Bruner

    Welcome to the New Normal: A 24-month election cycle (much like our year-round California fire season!). I’ve labeled myself a “Democrat” for as long as I understood there were Republicans and Democra…

  • Christ-Haunted Houses and Holy Ghost Sightings by Rebecca Russell

    We are souls being raised from the dead. You. Me. This is what it means to be haunted by the Holy Ghost, to be wooed by beauty and revelation toward our maker and redeemer Jesus Christ, to be transfor…

  • Hollywood and Christianity by Karen Covell

    I have been a producer working in Hollywood for the past 35 years and I have run a ministry called The Hollywood Prayer Network for the past 18 years. In all those years I have rarely had a problem wi…

  • “The Art of Waiting for a Call” by Ruth Schmidt

    This year marks the final stretch of my seminary journey. I’m less than 365 days away from earning my MDiv, and I couldn’t be more excited. But this four-year adventure has been more of a lesson in sp…

  • Encountering Christ by Nelson Steinert

    I had the privilege this past Sunday to participate in the Lord’s Lighthouse Bible study. I sat and listened as a group of people confessed that they needed to think of themselves less and instead foc…



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