Pastor's Blog

Welcome to my Blog!

This blog doesn’t have a theme, but includes spiritual and Biblical reflections about people, Bible passages, and often topics of race and culture and the Kingdom of God, since I am called to such work.

The blog does have a dedicatory first entry. This blog is dedicated to Kianna, once a young girl I met while serving as a pastor in Michigan, and now wherever God, she herself, and life may have taken her.

If you'd like to communicate with questions or comments, please do so through the regular church contact information on this website.  I'd be happy to talk with you.

Paz, Pastor Dan

For Kianna

September 24, 2017

Kianna was in third grade.  She, her younger brother Cam, and I were spending the summer running around the church parking lot in Jesus’ name (a “blacktop” neighborhood ministry).   On some thickly hot days, we found refuge in my air-conditioned church office, which was also a refreshing place to talk about God. “What is baptism? …

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Is Racism a topic the Bible directly addresses?

November 30, 2017

For too long I assumed the answer was “yes.”  To my eyes, the Bible was replete with examples of various forms of tribalism, the dynamics of which can easily teach us about God’s desires for modern-day forms, including racism.  There are fights between opposing family lineages (Genesis), Israelites and ancient Egyptians (Exodus), and various tribes…

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After Las Vegas: What if Evil Needs no Motive?

October 4, 2017

A few days have passed Prayers and support are rightly offered. Survivors and families are living in a daze, suspended in shock, trying to grieve, but finding the burden too heavy to process or escape. So also the nation. We’ve also spun off, locked and loaded in our own ways, into gun debates. Some will…

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On the Gauley

September 24, 2017

The sun stretched through the chill morning air, brushed the rushing waters, and landed on the banks of the Gauley River, West Virginia. There, my cousins Jason and Josh, Uncle Tom, and Dad and I were suiting up for whitewater.  Lifejackets clicked and paddles spun as instruction in correct out-of-boat technique mixed with guides’ instructively…

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