Baptized for Mission

Photo Unsplash Kevin Adams, Senior Pastor at Granite Springs Church, Lincoln, CA Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this … Read More

Faith over Fear

Driving through my community, I’ve noticed signs in front of homes that say, “faith over fear.” I’ve done a bit of research and found that people give different meanings to those signs. But whatever the sign’s meaning, the words make me think of the Apostle Paul. Specifically, for Paul, “faith over fear” was connected to spreading the gospel, the good … Read More

Four Books that Tell a Complex History

David Brooks used a phrase on PBS NewsHour that caught my attention. He spoke of the “complexifying of U.S. history.” The idea is simple: U.S. history is more complex than many of us thought or were taught. The U.S. (and Canadian) story is many-layered with both good and bad stories to tell. Telling the complexity of our history brings both … Read More

Discipleship in a Time of Pandemic

An interview with Viviana Escobar, Barry Cunnigan and Pat Dirkse, City Church Compton, California “Our discipleship is not robust enough to handle the trials of a pandemic and the realities of racial struggle.”  Over and over, I hear pastors and church leaders lament that we did not make disciples for such a time as this. Our discipleship was thin. We … Read More