Pastor’s Blog

A Year
March 12, 2021

A Year

  Almost 525,600 minutes since March 15, 2020, when we closed our buildings for in-person worship and other gatherings. The song “Seasons of Love” from the stage musical Rent asks, “How do you measure a...


The Mind of Christ
February 26, 2021

The Mind of Christ

Two opportunities for you this Sunday, Feb. 28: .Join me for “Coffee With the Pastor” at 11 a.m. on Zoom. This is a chance to converse with me, ask questions and see others. Lasts about...


Invitations
February 19, 2021

Invitations

  “Coffee With the Pastor” is simply a time of conversation with me over Zoom. You don’t have to drink coffee to come! In fact, I drink tea rather than coffee so I suppose I...


Blessings
February 12, 2021

Blessings

  Art and I are so happy to announce the arrival of our grandson, Harrison Linden Halla-Ragland, born to our son, David, and his wife, Michelle, and big brother, Helios, on Wednesday, Feb. 10 here...


Going My Own Way
February 05, 2021

Going My Own Way

Nearly every day I do things that I don’t want to do. From eating healthy foods (I’d rather have a stack of cookies) to making a difficult phone call to wearing a mask to staying...


Rain
January 29, 2021

Rain

After a memorable 2020, January 2021 has been memorable as well. Long-awaited rain fell in Tucson this past week, showing itself as snow on the mountains, creating beauty and relief to a very parched desert....


What Lasts?
January 22, 2021

What Lasts?

  This Sunday, Jan. 24, we continue our sermon series “Grounded in Love” with a message called “The Greatest is Love,” drawing from the last verses of I Corinthians 13 and also from portions of...


Remembering
January 15, 2021

Remembering

Today, Jan. 15, would be the 92nd birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated in 1968, Dr. King was a major leader in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. This weekend and...


Love is ...
January 08, 2021

Love is …

We have not done much camping in our family, but once when our children were small we spent a camping weekend with relatives at a lake near Phoenix. As we were leaving, there was a...