PASTOR'S DESK

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...
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...