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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.

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 […]

New Year. Same God.

No doubt you’ve seen any number of end-of-year and new year posts and memes on social media. One that struck me as particularly humorous went something like before I accept the year 2021, I need to examine its terms and conditions. If only. As we begin the year, I encourage […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]