Well, my first week of my first ever Sabbatical is coming to an end. For those that did not know, I am taking a 4 ½ month Sabbatical this Spring. It is, honestly, long overdue. As I outlined in my final sermon before leaving, this is not a vacation, but rather a time for part … Continue reading And now. . . Sabbatical!
Happy New Year! It’s been a while, but The Stray Shepherd is alive and well! The Fall of 2019 was a very busy time in my life where some things had to be moved aside to make room for a bunch of other things God put on my plate. This blog was one of them. … Continue reading Happy New Year!
Stay-cation is over, and I am back on the blog! It has been nice to give my mind and body a break for a couple of weeks. I feel refreshed and energized for the next exciting season of things to come at CrossPointe Church. This fall, we will embark on a spiritual growth campaign that … Continue reading Faith Markers
This past Sunday, in my sermon “Looking Back to Move Forward,” I made the statement, “These two churches with completely different backgrounds, merged and has become one of the most diverse multi-ethnic, multi-generational churches in the Inland Empire, probably all of California, and quite possibly the nation!” While I do not have any hard statistics … Continue reading Heavenly Diversity
Tomorrow is the celebration of our 10th Anniversary as CrossPointe Church, and I am nearing the end of this series of 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe. It has been great to look back at all that God has done over that time and to really reflect on what He has taught me as … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #8 & #9
In 2010, CrossPointe took on one of the largest evangelistic efforts the church has ever done. We put on a production of “Heaven’s Gates & Hell’s Flames.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with the production, it is a stage performance comprised of several different skits. Each skit ends with someone’s death and subsequent … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #7
CrossPointe Church’s 10th Anniversary is just around the corner! This week I have been reflecting on some of the lessons I have learned over the 10 years that I’ve had the privilege of shepherding CrossPointe. To get through all 10 lessons by Sunday, I’m going to pick up the pace today with 3 lessons in … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #4-#6
10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe continues with. . . Lesson #2: The church is God’s, not mine. Pastoring a church reminds me of the time my Dad let me drive his car to the Senior Prom. I was looking sharp and feeling good! I had the keys to this really nice car, and … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #2 & #3
On May 24, 2009, First Baptist Church of Fontana, CA voted to call me as their Senior Pastor. This was truly a historic day! On the weekend that the church was celebrating it’s 64th birthday, I became the youngest pastor (35) in the church’s history. I was also the first minority pastor and the first … Continue reading 10 Lessons from 10 Years at CrossPointe #1