PASTOR'S DESK

Pastor Rod Schorr
21 April 2019
Pastor's Desk
Not all peace is good peace. I suppose you already know that, but would you like the very greatest example of it? September 30, 1938.On that day, the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain stood on the porch of No. 10 Downing Street, in downtown London, waving a piece of paper back and forth, w...
Pastor Rod Schorr
15 April 2019
Pastor's Desk
In one of my Christian publications, a pastor tells the very moving story of an alcoholic friend who cried out to him for help. His marriage was falling apart; the home was in chaos, his children were scared and anxious, and he was starting to falter at work. And all because of the drinking. He was ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
08 April 2019
Pastor's Desk
I know it sounds like a very 'romantic' place, but the 'Love Canal' in Niagara Falls, New York...well...just isn't! In fact, 'romance' is the very last thing you'll ever find in the place; and 'love' is not part of the equation either.For the last sixty years or so, the entire district around the 'L...
Pastor Rod Schorr
31 March 2019
Pastor's Desk
One of my favorite stories from the Lewis and Clark Expedition took place when they tried to cross the Bitterroot Mountains on the return part of their journey. It was 1806 and it was late June but, incredibly enough, there were ten feet of snow covering everything in sight. The Bitterroot Range is ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
24 March 2019
Pastor's Desk
There is a wonderful episode in the life of the great missionary explorer, David Livingstone. He started hiking all over Africa back in 1840, ministering to the sick and preaching the Gospel wherever he went. He did that for 33 years until he died in 1873. One biographer tells about the time Livings...
Pastor Rod Schorr
17 March 2019
Pastor's Desk
I admit it sounds a little 'legendary', but I sure do hope it is true. Billy Graham once spoke of it. Does that help? I'm referring to that delightful story about Einstein riding the train back to his residence from Princeton. It was his very first day of classes at Princeton; he had just moved into...
Pastor Rod Schorr
10 March 2019
Pastor's Desk
Speaking of men and the whole masculine race (oh, we weren't? Well, it's time we did then), I love that episode in Garrison Keillor's book, We Are Still Married, about the Lake Wobegon Schroeders. In case you don't know, that's the name of a baseball team "so named because the starting nine were bro...
Pastor Rod Schorr
03 March 2019
Pastor's Desk
The gang at Kosmophilos State Prison is a strange group of people. Their very presence in the place is the ultimate proof of that there's not a single one there that couldn't have gone free at one time, and yet, there they all sit, still doin' their time!As things stood, the Kosmophilos State Prison...
David Johnson
17 February 2019
Pastor's Desk
Greetings from India! I am so excited to give you an update on the Himalayan Center For Missions here in India. The class started a week before we arrived and studied through the Gospel of Luke. Since we have arrived we have studied through the book of Daniel and are now studying Revelation! Th...
Pastor Rod Schorr
10 February 2019
Pastor's Desk
Christians are often accused of being 'narrow' these days: "narrow-minded", "intolerant", "inflexible" and all that stuff. But during these last few decades, living and ministering in good ol' "open-minded" California, I've done a lot of thinking on that subject. And here's what I've come up with. M...
Pastor Rod Schorr
03 February 2019
Pastor's Desk
 There's a story about something that happened at the Ford Motor Company, way back in the early years, when they had just made their first expansion and moved into the new Piquette Avenue plant. A little twelve-year-old neighbor kid came racing through the front gates on his bicycle and almost got p...
Pastor Rod Schorr
28 January 2019
Pastor's Desk
Okay: here is my apology—though not very apologetic—to any who might be wishing that we would follow the "Corporate America" model of Christian Faith and Church, so popular these days: I'm sorry, but we don't have a "Ten Year Plan",  or a "Five Year Plan". I'm sure those are all very nice, but we fo...
Pastor Rod Schorr
18 January 2019
Pastor's Desk
  The very first time I met this dear congregation, we were worshipping in an empty store-front sho in the little strip-mall on Taft and Tustin. BB&H Auto Parts was still doing business just a few doors down from us. There was a Scuba shop right next door. It was a Sunday morning in January 1995...
Pastor Rod Schorr
13 January 2019
Pastor's Desk
Epaphroditus. Now there's a Biblical character that doesn't get much attention. When was the last time you spent a few minutes meditating on the life and merits of Epaphroditus? Didn't think so. Neither have I. But Epaphroditus was highly esteemed by one of the greatest Christians that ever lived: P...
Pastor Rod Schorr
09 December 2018
Pastor's Desk
Down through the centuries—in fact, over five of them now—the human race has heaped up praises for what Michelangelo painted on the ceiling of that Sistine Chapel. "Magnificent" they call it; "colossal"; "unprecedented", "the only one of its kind", and......are you ready for this? ..."dingy"!I know....
David Johnson
30 November 2018
Pastor's Desk
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” (Is 9:2 ESV)    Have you made your Christmas list yet? I wanted to share with you our Mission Board Christmas list this year. Please pray about these ministries and proje...
Pastor Rod Schorr
26 November 2018
Pastor's Desk
Somewhere between Spring Street and HIll in the middle of L.A,'s "Chinatown", there used to be a bookstore that was completely funded and inventoried by the Beijing Press, Communist China's official government publishing agency. It was also, quite frankly, one of the propaganda arms of the Communist...
Pastor Rod Schorr
18 November 2018
Pastor's Desk
 Nobody really remembers Thomas Edison's job. It had not the slightest impact upon our world. And today, it is of no consequence whatsoever. But, just for your information, he was a telegraph operator; you know: "dash-dit-dash-dash  dit-dash  dash-dit-dit  dit-dash" all day long. It was Edison's car...
Pastor Rod Schorr
11 November 2018
Pastor's Desk
I've had so many comments on that Chinese character I mentioned a few weeks ago, that I decided to devote this issue of my article to some of the other things I've learned over the years about the ancient theism of the people of China. Yes, they were theists all right—monotheists as a matter of fact...
Pastor Rod Schorr
05 November 2018
Pastor's Desk
 Joseph Conrad is one of my favorite authors —I've not read a novel of his yet that I didn't like. But one of them—Typhoon—is truly unforgettable. It is more about a sea captain than it is about a typhoon. Oh, the typhoon is there all right: it happens with a vengeance as a matter of fact, but Capt....