PASTOR'S DESK

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 #...
Pastor Rod Schorr
25 March 2018
Pastor's Desk
I read a wonderful story, in a missions magazine several years ago, about a British missionary doctor, back in the early 1900s. He was serving in a remote little outpost clinic, deep in the heart of China, doing everything he possibly could to help people with their afflictions. One of the people he...
Pastor Rod Schorr
18 March 2018
Pastor's Desk
Ours is the generation in which expecting answers—let alone having any!—is no longer in vogue. That puts Christians in the crosshairs, of course. We who claim to have found a "Way" are frowned upon as "smug", "arrogant", "presumptuous". You can't help wondering how we got this way as a nation. Well,...
Pastor Rod Schorr
11 March 2018
Pastor's Desk
Just in case you might have some doubts about the awesome, life-changing power of this mighty Word of God, let's pick a passage and sound the depths of it, shall we? And just for fun, let's pick the most obtuse, most (do I dare use the word?) uninteresting? (by carnal standards, yes!), most highly i...
Pastor Rod Schorr
04 March 2018
Pastor's Desk
 A couple of years into our second term on the mission field, while we were still teaching at Christ's College in Taiwan we heard the news that a young minister and his wife had moved into Kuan Du: the little town just down the road from us. He was going door-to-door every day, sharing his faith in ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
25 February 2018
Pastor's Desk
There is yet a third powerful proof of the existence of God that renders Man 'without excuse'. It is probably the most surprising of them all. It is you, dear faithful child of God; if indeed that is what you are! Yes, the children of God are a proof in themselves: "...children born of God— born not...
Pastor Rod Schorr
18 February 2018
Pastor's Desk
Surprisingly enough, the Bible makes it perfectly clear that the entire world is 'without excuse' in its ignorance of the existence of God. Isn't that an amazing assertion? "For that which can be known about God is plain to them," we read, in Romans 1:19, "because God has shown it to them." But the ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
11 February 2018
Pastor's Desk
 I love the wonderful story of Johannes Kepler, the legendary German astronomer and mathematician, now known to us as one of the early fathers of modern science. He was also a wonderful Christian and made no apologies about it. "I am only thinking God's thoughts after him," he once proclaimed when s...
Pastor Rod Schorr
04 February 2018
Pastor's Desk
IT'S HARD WORK TO KEEP A DROP-OFF LOCATION HUMMING. Dale and Carole Cole, logistics volunteers at Calvary Chapel Old Towne in Orange, California, receive shoeboxes at their drop-off location, then fit them like puzzle pieces into cartons, and finally take them to collection centers. In addition, the...
David Johnson
28 January 2018
Pastor's Desk
“Jesus answered her, 'If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.'” (John 4:10ESV) My prayer as a shepherd is to see the Sunday teaching, the unity in the Spirit, and the love for one another...
Pastor Rod Schorr
21 January 2018
Pastor's Desk
 I'm impressed with something John Stott once did while he was speaking at the annual Missions Conference of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. It was quite an honor to have the presence of this great evangelical leader and Biblical expositor, and the students were showing their enthusiasm with ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
14 January 2018
Pastor's Desk
 I'm still lamenting the fact that I have "read-up" all of my Sherlock Holmes (all the major stories anyway; I'm sure there are a few short stories untouched somewhere).  Why does all the drivel of life have to proliferate so, I'd like to know; and all the noble, uplifting stuff so rare?  Sir Arthur...
Pastor Rod Schorr
17 December 2017
Pastor's Desk
  (Final Edition for 2017) How telling those simple words in the Gospel of Luke: "For there was no room in the inn."  Lk 2:7  In fact, how utterly prophetic of our world today! To this very day, people still won't make room! Did you know that Isaiah predicted it, by the way? Incredibly, some 700 yea...
Pastor Rod Schorr
10 December 2017
Pastor's Desk
 There was a period—several years ago now—when the ultimate spiritual enlightenment was supposed to be found in a 'maze' of all things.  I know that probably sounds ridiculous to you, who know your Scriptures so well; but even to this day a lot of people still take 'mazes' very seriou...
Pastor Rod Schorr
03 December 2017
Pastor's Desk
Of course, I don't really believe in 'ghosts', nor that a house can be 'haunted', but that doesn't mean there weren't disturbing things present. An abandoned shed out back was teeming with fast-moving tarantula-like spiders, so I spent the very first week, spraying them and their horrible offspring ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
26 November 2017
Pastor's Desk
 "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus!" 1 Thes. 5:18"For this is God's will for you…" How remarkable that it is so! God is so much wiser than we are. He knows all about this 'circumstance' stuff! He knows, of course, about the troubling circumstances. But...
Pastor Rod Schorr
19 November 2017
Pastor's Desk
Our recent move with all its "aches"—head, back, heart: you name it!—has got me thinking about the other times we've done it.  Just how and when and why did I allow myself to accumulate all this stuff, I'd like to know? How utterly un-missionary I've become! It's shocking. Our very first move togeth...