Pastors' Blog

Archives: August 2017

Aug 17, 2017 - Kent French

Imagine if you inherited a great fortune, one that had you financially set for the rest of your life, and yet, you had this gnawing sense of the gross and increasing economic inequality in the world around you?

Chuck Collins has been grappling with these issues for most of his life. At age 26, as an heir to the Oscar Mayer fortune, he gave away his trust fund to foundations and groups that he knew needed funding—organizations working for the environment, peace,...

Aug 10, 2017 - Kent French

A few years back, the well-known Christian preacher and writer Barbara Brown Taylor wrote a book called, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith. It’s a gem of a book about what it means to pay attention and find the sacred in our everyday lives, to cultivate our spiritual awareness in all that we do.

It starts with...

Aug 03, 2017 - Kent French

I spent some time around the caves in the Dead Sea region of Israel last week. It's dry and mind-numbingly hot there and definitely feels like the wilderness -- 106 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 95 at night. It's hard to imagine how I would have fared if there hadn't been running water and a restaurant, not to mention air conditioning and a shaded swimming pool nearby. Although it's a little ways from where Elijah hid out in a cave as he fled the angry King Ahab and Queen Jezebel (...