Women Leading and Preaching
by Joe Yoshihara on May 17th, 2022
In the process of considering a female candidate for our Children's Pastor position, there may be some people wondering if we have changed our position regarding female pastors (to many, we've never had one before) and how we reconcile this with Scripture. These are two very important questions that need to be addressed. The first question is relatively straight forward - we have not changed our p...
by Anton Lee on May 10th, 2022
...I was a stranger and you invited me in.Matthew 25:35Over the past several weeks, the world has watched as the Ukraine crisis has dominated headlines. But this blog isn't about taking one side or the other or espousing any particular political views. What is undeniable is the fallout that has resulted from this conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The most jarring statistic is that over 5 mil...
Finding the One
by Daryl Siu on April 8th, 2022
Recently Lisa and I celebrated our four year wedding anniversary and six years of being together. I love pouring into relationships, especially as somebody who has gone through a divorce and seen how important strong marriages are to the church. Thankfully for me, one of our favorite things to do as a couple is walk alongside other dating or married couples as we grow in our relationships, and ...
Your First Love
by Micah Clark on February 11th, 2022
When my wife and I first started dating, everything we did was solely for the other person’s benefit. When I found out that she was a fan of my cologne, I would wear it every time I saw her. I pretty much bathed in it. And she knew I liked to see her in specific colors, so she would intentionally wear that color just for me. I would talk nonstop to my friends and coworkers about her. It got to the...
The Power of Bottom-up Ministry
by Joe Yoshihara on January 21st, 2022
Ephesians 4:11-1611 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, toss...
New Year, New(ish?) Resolution
by Daryl Siu on January 5th, 2022
I’ve been told it’s weird, but in an honest confession, New Years is my favorite holiday of the year, not Christmas. In my family, I grew up in the Japanese tradition, and we tweaked it for the American experience. We bust out all kinds of food, starting with ozoni (mochi soup) for breakfast, then teriyaki flank steak, chicken wings, salads, massive amounts of sushi, nacho dip and more laid out...
Taking the Leap
by DeWayne Strange on December 20th, 2021
The first time I remember taking a serious leap of faith towards God, I was 21. I was in Mexico building houses, I had almost finished college with a degree in English and I was planning to go into teaching. Summers off baby! Sign me up! That year, I’d experienced some academic setbacks and found myself increasingly disenfranchised with public education. I knew I wanted to make a difference i...
Freedom to Choose
by Joe Yoshihara on November 29th, 2021
November is a time we honor our veterans and cast our votes so it seemed appropriate to address a couple of hot topics that relate to freedom, the very thing that our veterans have served to protect. In our country, freedom is a cherished value that has defined our nation ever since the first settlers came so they could experience economic opportunity, political liberty, and religious freedom. Our...
Why You Shouldn't Go To Church
by Joe Yoshihara on October 15th, 2021
The idea that we go to church is a common one and we use this phrase without giving it much thought. “Are you going to church this Sunday?” “What church do you go to?” When we use language like this, we reinforce the idea that church is a building or a place we go to worship. It also tends to shrink church down to just the corporate worship service. Sometimes we might use the expression “we are do...
Giving 'Til It Does NOT Hurt
by Anton Lee on October 1st, 2021
Matthew 6:1-41“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the ...
by Joe Yoshihara on September 20th, 2021
During my 3-month sabbatical I began reading the letters commonly referred to as the Pastoral Epistles (Thessalonians, Timothy, and Titus). What struck me in a fresh way was the importance of being grounded in solid doctrine. Of course, good doctrine has always been important to me but perhaps this familiar truth took on greater weightiness because of our current cultural moment where there are so...
The Shepherd's Balance
by Daryl Siu on August 18th, 2021
I haven’t been a pastor for very long (just under 2 years), and it’s been during some of the strangest times we will ever go through. The challenges we’ve faced with not being able to be face to face with much of our congregation for a long span of time have led to some of the hardest discussions I’ve had to be a part of. How do we connect with people? Is watching a live stream really being par...