A Slice Of Sudan

He had walked for seven days and seven nights, stopping only one hour a day to sleep, to catch a truck and ride for two more days, to be at the Far Reaching Ministries Chaplains Refresher Course. He stoically offered this information in between bites of rice and beans, in response to my question of […]

“A Season of Youth”

Blessed is the man…(whose ) delight is in the law of the Lord…He shall be like a tree planted by the channels of water, that brings forth fruit in its season. (Psalm 1:1-3) After a particularly frigid winter spring has finally arrived here in the Parkland. This has become apparent to me, not just because […]

“Learning and Unlearning”

A few years ago I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Dublin with an Irish American folk singer named Jim Cole (He has a great old gospel number called “People Get Ready” that is worth checking out on UTube). There was this song that he performed regularly, which he wrote to describe his […]

“Running Well”

“Oh foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth…you ran well, who hindered you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 3:1; 5:7) In the first century days of the Apostle Paul, the Greek Olympic Games held a significant place in the everyday lives of those in the Roman Empire. Every four […]

“The Power of Praise”

Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You […]

“Fish and Faith”

I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers…that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgement of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. (Philemon 1:4,6)

“The First Five Years”

Five years ago this weekend Parkland Chapel began in my basement. Reflecting on the past and considering the future, I decided to share some thoughts about Calvary Chapel church planting, using the acrostic CHURCH. (This is my first attempt at an acrostic. I still carry around mild emotional scarring from a steamy August summer camp […]

“Helping the Hungry”

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. (Romans 8:14) On November 20th the, 5th annual, Help the Hungry Bake Sale was held. Parkland Chapel is proud to have been a participant for the past four years. We host a booth that sells pastries and we […]

“The Will of God Part 2”

Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God…(1 Corinthians 1:1) In our last installment we addressed the question ‘what is the doing of the Lord’s will?’ Purposefully, I extracted from the New Testament only those verses that implicitly state God’s will for us as Christians. But when most people […]

“The Will of God Part 3 (The Call of God)”

(God) has saved us and called us with a holy calling…according to His own purpose. (2 Timothy 1:9) Knowing the will of God involves knowing the call of God on our lives. Without knowing and embracing the call of God upon our lives we can spend our short journey here on earth drifting with the […]

“Wonder Walls”

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works… (Ephesians 2:10) The word “workmanship” is the Greek word poema, from which we get our English word ‘poem’. To these Ephesian Christians, the Apostle Paul desperately desired to communicate that God is writing a literary masterpiece through the lives of individuals who love […]

“Looking Up When Things Look Down”

LOOKING UP WHEN THINGS LOOK DOWN And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, “See how my own son …seeks my life. How much more may this Benjamite. Let him alone and let him curse…It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will pay me with […]

“July How You Flew By”

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (Eph 1:15-16). Years after the Apostle Paul’s three year church planting stint  in Ephesus (Acts 18-19) he heard they were […]