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Pastor Mark

A p-k (preacher’s kid), Mark is the eighth of nine children born to Reuben and Henrietta Meeks, prolific planters of nearly 30 churches throughout the Central Valley of California. After four decades of teaching, discipling, and ministering, including to the hospitalized and imprisoned, Mark responded to God’s call to pastoral ministry. In addition to degrees in civil engineering and public administration, Mark received his Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary.

Groundhog Day

It was the character Phil Conner, played by Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day, who expressed his absolute frustration over the recurring day— filled with the same stuff. Each day the same. As he exasperatedly put it, “There is no way that this winter is ever going to end […]

An Urgent Call

Over the course of my six-plus decades of life, I’ve discovered (if I’m not careful) things— and people, can become a caricature of the original. Time can become a source of gloss or even a loss of memory. I was in 4th grade when Dr. King was assassinated. Over the […]

Perspective and Comfort

What a joy it is to find just the right word for the right occasion! These are the words from arguably the wisest man that ever lived. This 23rd verse of the 15th chapter of his collection of Proverbs ought to be tattooed on the hearts of everyone, especially anyone […]


This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do […]


Well, dad, you do know pain has its purpose. Rachel Meeks Tyler The words from my daughter rang loud and clear last week. As we reflected on the seemingly unending parade of life’s challenges, her reminder was much like a bucket of cold water in my face. Indeed, pain has […]

Birth Pains

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end […]

Lost and Found

For those of us of a certain vintage (read: age), there was time, before microwave ovens and cordless (not just cellular) phones, when television programming wasn’t a 24-hour thing. At the end of the day, the television station would sign-off and continuously display a test-pattern of sorts. Think of it as […]

Hold On

Hold on Hold on Keep your hand on the plow, hold on Today, the words sung and made famous by gospel singer, and social and racial justice activist, Mahalia Jackson resonated. It can be all too easy to get swept-up in the satisfaction over the verdict concerning the murder of […]

Mirror, Mirror

I find it interesting (ironic?) how—as the saying goes, things change and yet remain the same. Walt Kelly summed up the situation concerning pollution very well on Earth Day in 1971 with the now famous comic strip. Indeed, the enemy is us.  It’s all too easy to objectify things and […]

Shocked, Shocked

I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.Your winnings, sir.Oh, thank you very much. The ironically humorous exchange with Rick and Captain Renault in the movie Casablanca came to mind as I witnessed the events of today. I am shocked, shocked… Truthfully, the modicum of […]