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Thanksgiving 2020

Twenty-20 has been quite a year. A pandemic. Economic upheaval. Political unrest. Social, cultural and racial disharmony. Indeed, 20-twenty has been quite the year. It can be easy to fall prey to seeing the year as one to just survive and quickly forget. Still, with 365 sunrises and sunsets of opportunity, and in spite […]

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens’ 19th century novel is about the education and coming of age of a young orphan. With a variety of plot twists and turns, as one summary of the novel puts it, the young orphan “comes to realize that his ‘great expectations’—social standing and wealth—are less important than loyalty […]

Like Your Life Depends on It

Today is Monday, November 2, 2020. It’s the day before an election in the United States of America. In my six score (plus) years of life, I don’t recall a similar time of speculation, anxiety and fear associated with an election. As the headline of an article today read, “The […]

God Is Great

As believers it is easy for us to normalize our God’s greatness. We can easily become numb to His greatness and the miracles He works. Think of your favorite restaurant for example; you get so used to them making your favorite dish well until you have that one experience where […]

Essential Places

Today, the President stated, “The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, this weekend.” If you’ve walked with City Church for any length of time, you’re likely to guess my thoughts on such a sweeping pronouncement as […]

The Rock

Watching television and listening to the radio, it can seem that good news is hard to find. Speculation, hope and statistics can quickly become (in the words of The Temptations) a ball of confusion. Or, as Whitney Houston repeatedly asked in song, Where do I go…who do I talk to…who do […]

Our Work Has Just Begun

There’s a hot button term that we’re seeing pop up everywhere in these times: “Social Distancing”. What exactly is that? Social distancing is a term used to describe certain actions taken by the Public Health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease. Nowhere in […]

Sunshine

I woke this morning at my usual time, 5am. It seems my body didn’t get the memo that Sacramento County has restricted all but necessary travel. A bit more sleep in exchange for a physical commute just didn’t happen. What to do with the extra time? (1) Stay in bed and hope I’ll […]

Who You Gonna Call?

In the summer of 1984, a campy comedy was released and quickly became a a box-office hit. Ghostbusters was a sci-fi movie that pitted the forces of good and evil in a light-hearted way. Seriously, who can really fear the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, even if he’s 10-stories tall and crushing everything […]

In Purell We Trust

In God We Trust. It’s the ubiquitous phrase on our currency. We see it. We spend it. Life goes on. The phrase “In God We Trust” first appeared on a two-cent piece in 1864. Ironically, it was at a time of incredible national turmoil and civil war: the Battle of […]