PASTOR'S DESK

Pastor Rod Schorr
25 August 2019
Pastor's Desk
Several years ago, State Farm Insurance sponsored a nationwide study of traffic accidents at different locations, and they came up with a list of 'the most dangerous intersections in America'; I think they've been doing it ever since. Interestingly enough, that very first year, number one on the lis...
Pastor Rod Schorr
18 August 2019
Pastor's Desk
A lot of people may not know this—though they certainly should!—that America was started by a church. Did you know? Almost all of the passengers on board the Mayflower were members of one church—a little house church in the tiny town of Scrooby, England. The believers were all Separatists, refusing ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
11 August 2019
Pastor's Desk
Apart from one funny little misjudgment in life, I'll have to say that I admire Chief Crowfoot more than just about any other Native American leader. And that's saying a lot, actually: quite a few of those tribal chiefs were pretty easy to admire. You can probably detect, in Crowfoot's photo, a cert...
Pastor Rod Schorr
04 August 2019
Pastor's Desk
Pastor Rod is just coming back from vacation this week, We hope you enjoy this article he wrote in 2004.I sure am glad that history doesn't always listen to Congress when it speaks. If it did...well, America wouldn't be what it is today, that's for sure. In fact, you and I wouldn't even be...
Pastor Rod Schorr
28 July 2019
Pastor's Desk
Pastor Rod is on vacation this week, We hope you enjoy this article he wrote in 2004.The last time I stood in Sequoia National Park, it was with a tremendous sense of awe and humility that I gazed up at that enormous 'General Sherman Tree' -one f the oldest trees in the world.But I felt something el...
Pastor Rod Schorr
21 July 2019
Pastor's Desk
Pastor Rod is on vacation this week, We hope you enjoy this article he wrote in 1996.People in Ontario will tell you about L.L. Nunn—the man who built the great electrical plant in Niagra. But if you ask the old-timers in Telluride, Colorado, they'll tell you about how they got started: by bringing ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
14 July 2019
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Pastor's Desk
Several years ago, when the story finally hit the front pages, there was a great deal of moral outrage against......are you ready for this? ...a pharmacist of all people. You don't often see people spitting invectives toward a pharmacist, do you? But Robert Courtney deserved every one of them. Court...
Pastor Rod Schorr
30 June 2019
Pastor's Desk
I love the story of Isaac Potts, the Quaker gentleman who witnessed that legendary scene of George Washington, on his knees in the snow and praying at Valley Forge. And—no—the story behind the painting is not a myth; there was an eye-witness to it: Isaac Potts. Everything about Mr. Potts—in fact, th...
Pastor Rod Schorr
23 June 2019
Pastor's Desk
 Back in my proud, atheist college days, my favorite retort to any Christian, trying to share the Gospel with me, was: "That is bondage! I don't want that! I want to be free". Looking back on it all now, I am amazed that I actually thought I was free when, in fact, I didn't even know the meaning of ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
16 June 2019
Pastor's Desk
 I'll just be frank about this: I cannot stand it when people—and Americans especially—speak disparagingly of the Puritans. I'm sure you've heard it yourself: the word 'Puritan' used to describe someone pompous, someone boring, someone judgmental, someone fanatical. Need a few examples? How about th...
Pastor Rod Schorr
09 June 2019
Pastor's Desk
Last week I wrote about the importance of not just the 'hearing' God's Word, but—oh!—the 'doing'! Remember. Kupferschmid's landing? But can we get a little practical now? What, after all, do we need to do? If we are putting God's mighty Word into practice, what will that look like? What will we be d...
Pastor Rod Schorr
02 June 2019
Pastor's Desk
I absolutely love the story of Robert Kupferschmid. I wonder if you've heard it. On June 17, 1998, not too far from Muncie, Indiana, the 81-year-old man, who was not a pilot and who did not know the first thing about flying, suddenly found himself alone in a Cessna at 3,000 feet and going into a div...
Pastor Rod Schorr
26 May 2019
Pastor's Desk
 One thing shocked me about our experience on the mission field: our kids saw America only four times during their childhood. We never really intended it that way; it- just sort of happened. Which is what every parent says, I believe when childhood years just vanish away! When we first went out, Jam...
Pastor Rod Schorr
19 May 2019
Pastor's Desk
William Mitchell Ramsay learned to doubt the Bible in his late teens. He was an Oxford student, who later became an Oxford professor and eventually one of history's greatest archaeologists. But he was taught by professors from the horrible Tübingen School: a bunch of German skeptic theologians who b...
Pastor Rod Schorr
12 May 2019
Pastor's Desk
Since I only touched upon it briefly that Easter Sunday morning, I thought I might fill you all in on some details. I'm talking about the overwhelming "proof" of God's love for this nation. If you live in this country, you are surrounded by proof dear ones! Proof that there is a God above; proof tha...
Pastor Rod Schorr
05 May 2019
Pastor's Desk
One thing I will never forget, from our experiences on the mission field, is the annual task we always had of standing at the church door to keep the dragons away. I'm not being figurative now; I really mean it. There were dragons at the door, and if someone didn't stand there and turn them away, th...
Pastor Rod Schorr
28 April 2019
Pastor's Desk
Editor's Note: Pastor Rod is on vacation this week. We include an article from a previous issue of the Messenger.  I’m an admirer of a wonderful Native American woman named Watkuweis. Her name shows up in some of the Nez Percé oral legends about Lewis and Clark. I can tell you this much about Watkuw...
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...