Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

Jan Hus: The Wild Goose

In the historic town square of Prague, the Czech Republic, there is a large bronze statue of Jan Hus, the Christian pastor, scholar, and reformer who was burned at the stake for heresy by the Roman Catholic Church in 1415.  In the Czech Republic today, Hus is primarily remembered as the father of Czech nationalism and for his resistance to foreign domination, but he stood…

John Wycliffe: Morning Star of the Reformation

Aside from the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and the early years of the Christian movement described in the New Testament, the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century is the most important event of Christian history, and it shapes our lives as Christians right down to this day.  The…

What’s God Got to Do with It?

As I write, Hurricane Irma is battering Florida.  Just a few days ago we watched Hurricane Harvey flood Houston.  Barely noticed in American news, devastating floods have killed over a thousand people in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.  A few days ago, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake devastated southern Mexico, killing dozens.  When human suffering comes suddenly and on such…

What on Earth Is an Evangelical?

In the classic Rob Reiner film The Princess Bride there is a funny exchange between the pint-sized blowhard Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) and the brave hearted Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin).  Vizzini has just cut the rope that Dread Pirate Roberts was using to climb a cliff.  When Roberts keeps climbing, Vizzini shouts, “He didn’t fall?  Inconceivable!”  To…