PASTOR'S DESK

Pastor Rod Schorr
14 October 2018
Pastor's Desk
  I once had lunch with a missionary who had lived and worked for over a decade not far from—are you ready for this?—Casablanca.    I know: it brought the same exotic, romantic sensation to me when I heard it. In fact, I expected him to come dressed in a white suit and grey fedora, wearing that same...
Pastor Rod Schorr
07 October 2018
Pastor's Desk
  I love that old New York City story about the CEO and the fluorescent tube. Haven't heard that one? Well, where have you been? Not in New York City, that's for sure.    I have no idea if the story is true, but I always wish it were—does that help a little? It's just too classic to be dismissed as ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
28 September 2018
Pastor's Desk
I have to admit that I'm a little nervous about starting this new series on the Gospel of John. It is definitely the deepest, most profound of all the Gospels. Just look at those opening verses! Is anyone really capable of plumbing the depths of this thing? Not I, I can assure you! So keep me i...
Pastor Rod Schorr
23 September 2018
Pastor's Desk
Article was written by Pastor Rod SchorrHow staggering those words we read in Roman 6:23; one of the most frequently quoted verses in the Bible. Have you taken a serious look at it? Well, let's do so now: "For the wages of sin is death, but...."; and, by the way, can there be found in all the world ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
16 September 2018
Pastor's Desk
Science is usually very bright and alert but, in one instance at least, science was dull and slow and very late in coming to the state of its awareness. Forty centuries of human history would elapse before someone in the scientific fields would take notice of a phenomenon that every person on earth ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
09 September 2018
Pastor's Desk
 I heard it again just the other day and I can't count the times I've heard it before: "I don't know how to pray." I really can't say it surprises me. Prayer is the Christian's greatest weakness. And yet nothing is more important to the Christian. After all, how can we expect to 'walk' with God and ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
02 September 2018
Pastor's Desk
...a nation of spiritual surface miners? In 1859, a crusty old Nevada silver miner came riding into Virginia City, whooping it up and waving a pouch full of coins worth 0 and bragging to everyone he met about he had tricked a couple of dumb, inexperienced Californians into buying his worthless ol...
Pastor Rod Schorr
26 August 2018
Pastor's Desk
 Editor's note: CCOT generously supports the ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, including Franklin Graham's Operation Christmas Child and his recent preaching tours throughout America and around the world. Here is the latest prayer letter from Mr. Graham. It is a privilege to s...
Pastor Rod Schorr
19 August 2018
Pastor's Desk
I never thought I'd see the day when Americans would call the Bible a "serious threat" and banish it from public view; but that day is here, dear faithful family of Christ; and by 'here', I mean 'right here' in Southern California.I'm talking about the Harvest billboard that, for years, has been dis...
Pastor Rod Schorr
12 August 2018
Pastor's Desk
Pastor Rod is away this week. We include an article he published on 10-19-2014.I know we're all familiar with the 'absent-minded professor' phenomenon, but I was a little surprised to read just how much it afflicted one of the greatest scientists that ever lived: Sir Isaac Newton. I don't think it's...
Pastor Rod Schorr
05 August 2018
Pastor's Desk
Many Christians think that the most important work a Christian can do is to argue with unbelievers and convince them to believe in Christ. Members of our church sometimes express discouragement with the fact that all they've been enabled to do, so far, is love one another and serve one another in th...
Pastor Rod Schorr
29 July 2018
Pastor's Desk
Posted on July 22, 2018, by Grace and Ivan Utomo (see: walkingwithgraceweb.com)Pastor's note: I mentioned Grace and Ivan's powerful testimony last Sunday in my sermon. What incredible servants of Christ they are. They have endured a kind of 'martyrdom' and still, they "shine like stars". (Phi 2: 15)...
Pastor Rod Schorr
22 July 2018
Pastor's Desk
 In Tony Campolo's great little book—Who Switched the Price Tags—he tells the story of Teddy Stallard: a troubled kid, with a glassy look and a dull mind; who came to school every day in the same set of filthy clothes and with his hair never combed. Miss Thompson was Teddy's teacher in the fifth gra...
Pastor Rod Schorr
15 July 2018
Pastor's Desk
One of the most remarkable naval operations in history broke every naval rule in the book, followed none of the established procedures for a naval operation and wasn't even accomplished by navy personnel. And yet, few people will contest that it was the greatest naval operation that ever happened. I...
Pastor Rod Schorr
08 July 2018
Pastor's Desk
I have no idea why, and I have tried to conceal it as best I can over the years, but the truth of it is that I am easy prey to romance of almost every kind and (dare I say it?) even chick-flick stuff. Surely it can't be a 'feminine side'; Sharilyn insists that I have no such thing, and that's perfec...
Pastor Rod Schorr
01 July 2018
Pastor's Desk
Isn't it remarkable how reticent we all are to honor people until after they're gone? I think of President Reagan who went through two whole terms of political rancor and wrangling and bitter opposition, only to be greatly remembered and revered after he passed away.  What is it about dying that fin...
Pastor Rod Schorr
24 June 2018
Pastor's Desk
The ironic thing about the Worcester Cathedral is that people who tour the famous site are always most interested in one sad, little-unnamed grave that lies among the tombs of kings and princes and other great and noble persons.It's remarkable really: the curator will try to steer the group toward t...
Pastor Rod Schorr
17 June 2018
Pastor's Desk
This week, rather than search elsewhere for inspirational things to encourage us all, I'm finding so much of it right here at home! It's Tuesday morning; I'm back in the office after a nice day off and a great day of worship with you all. It's quiet this morning; rather uneventful, and I'm just refl...
Pastor Rod Schorr
10 June 2018
Pastor's Desk
Embedded within all the lore that surrounds America's greatest preacher and evangelist is the story of the man who was saved—are you ready for this?—by a fly, of all things. I know, I know: it does sound rather 'legendary', but when it comes to George Whitefield, I've learned not to doubt things! Th...
Pastor Rod Schorr
03 June 2018
Pastor's Desk
So many artists have done the scene—my favorite is Caravaggio—but I love them all actually.There is one feature that shows up in most of them that especially moves me. Almost without fail, the artist depicts Matthew looking up with a startled expression: he has been interrupted—oh! has he ever!—and ...