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Update on the CCA / CGN Kerfuffle

In December of 2016, I wrote a blog post expressing my perspective on the then-recent sundering of the Calvary Chapel movement into CCA and CGN. Many pastors and members of various Calvary Chapel churches expressed to me either in person or via email their appreciation...

Marriage Series 2019

Welcome to Two Into One: A Marriage Series

These messages were given is the Spring of 2019 at Calvary Chapel Oxnard. While they focus on marriage, they are for singles as well. One of the studies (Part 6) deals with singleness and the call some men and women...

Where We are Supposed to Be

At the end of one of the episodes of the TV miniseries Band of Brothers, as Easy Company is marching into the Ardennes Forest for what turns out to be The Battle of the Bulge, the soldiers coming the other direction warn them they are...

The Gospel Comes to Ireland

The rope was so tight round sixteen-year-old Patricius’ wrists they’d bitten into the flesh. He no longer felt the sting of the saltwater from the wind-tossed waves splashing over the side of the boat headed back to the home of his Irish captors. They’d nabbed...

Are We Drifting Backward?

This is painful.

I’m about to share something personal. It’s a lesson I learned years ago. I share it because it illustrates what I believe to be a crucial truth. It seems many mature Believers “get stuck” at some point in their walk. They’ve made...

The Legend & Lesson Valentine’s Day

Roses are red. Violets are blue.
Stuff about Valentine,
We wish we knew.

All we can say for sure is that there was indeed a pastor named Valentine who became a martyr around AD 270. Beyond that, it’s legend and conjecture. But where facts...

Important Announcement re: CCHS

Calvary Christian High School began in the 2008-2009 school year as part of my vision for the overall reach of Calvary Chapel Oxnard. The vision of the school was to produce graduates who knew how to think and live Biblically, know their God-ordained calling and...

The Christian Life Sermon Series

If you attend Calvary Chapel Oxnard, you may have noticed the posters that just went up. They announce the sermon series on The Christian Life we’ll be doing in 2019.

As we continue to work our way book by book through the Bible, we’ll also...

Everything Runs Down

While Evangelical Progressives applaud recent cultural changes, those of the Conservative branch are concerned as traditional values are thrown over in favor of the Moral Revolution. What they need to remember is that this is the way it’s been since the beginning.

In Genesis 2:17,...

An Affirmation of Dignity

The world is again in the grip of yet another realization its ways are bankrupt. The sexual revolution of the 60’s has born more bitter fruit in the ever-growing sexual harassment scandals rocking one industry and institution after another. Like falling dominoes, leaders, athletes, and...

The Advantage

The Thomas Fire recently roared to life in the hills near Santa Paula. High winds drove it relentlessly toward Ventura where it burned hundreds of homes, including three of our members and many friends. The faith of our members is a beauty to behold. All...

Are You Ready For This? Part 2

Introduction

In Part 1 we took a look at Meticulous or Hard Determinism and the way it casts God as a moral monster. In Part 2 we will consider a couple more troubling doctrines of Calvinism, then turn to consider a more Biblically consistent view...

Are You Ready For This? Part 1

Introduction

This is an appeal to those attracted to a movement going by several titles, predominantly The Resurgence and Neo-Calvinism. The more traditional title is Reformed Theology. Its popular contemporary proponents are voices like RC Sproul, John Piper and James White. These and others have...

Luke – Day 25

WE BEGIN WITH REST - Mark 2:27–28, Luke 6:5, Luke 13:14, Isaiah 58:13–14

Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the Christian, “Find your weekly refreshment in ME!”

In a seventh–day Sabbath, the emphasis is on six days of...

Luke – Day 24

A FAULTY SYSTEM OF WORKS - Luke 6:9–11, Luke 6:5, Ephesians 2:8–9, Titus 3:4–6

Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the religious person, “We are saved by grace, and not by works.”

Sometimes our actions have the exact...

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