PASTOR'S DESK

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 ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
27 May 2018
Pastor's Desk
Sometimes it takes a desert to help us see what a real treasure is. Things you've always valued become worthless in the desert, and the simplest, most mundane things suddenly become a priceless treasure. That's one lesson I learned from a little book that I just love, called Death Valley in '49. Wri...
Pastor Rod Schorr
20 May 2018
Pastor's Desk
It comes across rather sternly, doesn't it? That fourth commandment: "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God..." All ten of the commandments are stern of course—after all, this is serious stuff. But this one especially so, with its additional warning:  "...for the Lord will not hold guil...
Pastor Rod Schorr
13 May 2018
Pastor's Desk
It's amazing what the Word of God can do to a smug, self-righteous heart. I certainly have my own story to tell in that regard. But, rather than talk about me, consider the experience of Myra Langley Johnson, who wrote of her own bitter resistance to the idea of "honoring" her mother. Years after he...
Pastor Rod Schorr
06 May 2018
Pastor's Desk
 Some of the most outlandish theories have been proposed to explain why that beautiful white tiger lunged at Roy Horn the way it did and mauled him around like a rag doll that night. It's been several years now, but I'm sure most of you remember reading about it in the news. It happened in October o...
Pastor Rod Schorr
29 April 2018
Pastor's Desk
"Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. 'I am willing,' He replied, 'Be clean'. And immediately the leprosy left him." Lk 5: 13By far, the most amazing thing—in fact, I believe, the most healing thing!—was that touch! Don't you agree? I don't know how long that poor man had suffered from hi...
Pastor Rod Schorr
22 April 2018
Pastor's Desk
I love the story of Mary Poplin. A sophisticated, scholarly professor at the very prestigious (and very liberal!) Claremont University, right here in Southern California. She was led to the Lord by one of her students! Can you believe it? A young 24-year-old minister of reconciliation. The story cam...
Pastor Rod Schorr
15 April 2018
Pastor's Desk
Editor's Note: Pastor Schorr was vacationing during our Messenger preparation time.  We have enclosed a previous articlefrom June of '96.One of the people I have admired most in life was a man who never went to school, could not write his own name, and who didn't even know that the earth turned! Mr....
Pastor Rod Schorr
08 April 2018
Pastor's Desk
Sometimes when the long grind of affliction sets in, the faithful Christian will start to hear some discouraging words; the same words that Job heard during his long ordeal: "You probably have some secret sin," someone might suggest. "There's something wrong with your faith." "Your prayers are too w...
Pastor Rod Schorr
01 April 2018
Pastor's Desk
by Bill Perkins, Exec. Dir. Compass InternationalPastor's note: Too busy to write my own article this week, but—very providentially— Bernie and Donna put this wonderful piece on my desk from the excellent Creationist Group: Compass International.  I pass it on to you. (from Compass Communique 2018 #...