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Stories by Joseph O'Brien

Chula Vista Presbyterian: to know Christ and make him known

Chula Vista Presbyterian Church Contact: 940 Hilltop Dr., Chula Vista 619-426-2211 www.chulavistapres.org Membership: 145 Pastor: Emily McColl Age: 64 Born: Boulder, CO Formation: Stanford University; Princeton Theological Seminary-Princeton University, NJ Years Ordained: 25 San Diego ...

Coffee shop sermon

Crossroads Christian Reformed Church Contact: 2406 North Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, 760-744-4673, crossroadscrc.com Membership: 140 Pastor: Jeff Kempton Age: 44 Born: San Diego Formation: University of California-Santa Barbara; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years ...

Ethnos: the Greek word for “nations”

Ethnos Community Church Contact: 3950 Berino Court, San Diego 858-46-8329 www.ethnos.us Neighborhood: University City Membership: 100 Pastor: Scott Eng Age: 39 Born: Anaheim Formation: University of California-Berkley; Golden Gate Baptist Seminary (now Gateway Seminary), Ontario, ...

April: “Roots”

After Jamie Wyeth Whan that April with his showres soote The droughte of March hath perced to the roote... —Chaucer Down a ravine, the first fool flush of spring Is always brown. The ice-carbuncled ground ...

April 29, 2021
The healthy doubt of Park Hill Church

Park Hill Church Contact: 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego www.parkhillsd.church Membership: 500 Neighborhood: Point Loma Pastor: Evan Wickham Age: 39 Born: San Diego Formation: Trinity College of the Bible, IN; Western Seminary, Portland, OR Years ...

April 16, 2021
Community Congregational: Chula Vista's 230-year-old church

Community Congregational Church of Chula Vista Contact: 276 F Street, Chula Vista, 619-422-9263, chulavistachurch.com Neighborhood: Chula Vista Membership: 187 Pastor: Elizabeth Aguilar Age: 53 Born: Chicago Formation: North Park University, Chicago; Andover Newton Theological School, ...

The Center: multilingual and multicultural

The Center Contact: 1305 Deodar Road, Escondido 760-707-6681 www.centernc.com Membership: 70 Neighborhood: Escondido Pastor: Mike Mieritz Age: 52 Born: West Allis, WI Formation: Community College of the Air Force, Birmingham, AL; Vision International University, Ramona ...

March 19, 2021
The First Free Methodist Church of Escondido

The Foundry Community Church Contact: 120 N Ash St., Escondido 442-777-2081 www.thefoundryescondido.com Membership: 60 Neighborhood: Escondido Pastors: Alexandra and Emmanuel Moon Age: 33/37 Born: Puerto Rico/Santa Cruz, Bolivia Formation: Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena; Universidad Evangelica ...

March 5, 2021
Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov brought many to the Orthodox Church

St. Anthony the Great Antiochian Orthodox Church Contact: 2825 Merton Ave, San Diego 858-268-4100 www.st-anthony.org Membership: 520 (200 families) Neighborhood: Linda Vista Pastor: Father John Kent Reimann Age: 63 Born: Downey, ID Formation: University of ...

February 12, 2021
Trinity Episcopal: rising to the challenge

Trinity Episcopal Church Contact: 845 Chestnut St., Escondido 760-743-1629 www.trinityescondido.org Membership: 200 Neighborhood: Escondido Pastor: Rector Meg Decker Age: 58 Born: Reno, NV Formation: University of Nevada-Reno; Graduate Theological Union-Church Divinity School of the Pacific, ...

January 29, 2021
The Parochial and Plain Sermons of Cardinal John Henry Newman

Cardinal John Henry Newman What mind of man can imagine the love which the Eternal Father bears towards the Only Begotten Son? It has been from everlasting, and it is infinite; so great is it ...

Northminster Presbyterian: to change our hearts

Northminster Presbyterian Church Contact: 4324 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego (858) 490-3995 https://northminstersandiego.squarespace.com Neighborhood: Claremont Membership: 90; 60-75 per week on Zoom (since COVID shutdown) Pastor: Jay Shirley Age: 66 Born: Corpus Christi, TX Formation: ...

January 15, 2021
Ippen: Ji-shu Buddhism founder who appealed to common folk of Japan

Ippen Devoutly adore the glory of God, Do not Ignore the original one’s virtue. Devoutly revere the Buddha, the Law, and the Priesthood, Do not forget the power of communion. Devoutly practice the invocation, Do ...

Oceanside Sanctuary: learning to become followers of Christ

Oceanside Sanctuary Contact: 204 S Freeman St., Oceanside 760-722-8522 www.oceansidesanctuary.org Membership: 200 Neighborhood: Oceanside Pastor: Jason Coker Age: 49 Born: San Bernardino Formation: Vineyard Institute (www.vineyardinstitute.org/usa); Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena. Years Ordained: 19 San Diego ...

January 1, 2021
Resolutions of the Reader’s poetry editor

-For Cecilia A spirited play for words, like a December wind punching your breath Back down through your esophagus; a resolute sense of commitment Like the bold disregard maple, chicory, and sumac pay at summer’s ...

December 31, 2020
Augustus Pugin: architect of the Palace of Westminster

Augustus Pugin The greatest privilege possessed by man is to be allowed, while on earth, to contribute to the glory of God: a man who builds a church draws down a blessing on himself both ...

Book of Deuteronomy: love everyone to life

Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church Contact: 2128 Chatsworth Boulevard, San Diego 619-223-1633 www.pointlomachurch.org Membership: 965 Pastor: Karla Shaw Age: 45 Born: Bismarck, North Dakota Formation: Messiah University, Mechanicsburg, PA; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: ...

December 18, 2020
Mongaku: strident defender of Esoteric Shingon Buddhism

Mongaku Needless to say, Buddhism, like other religions, helps to extirpate evil and to bring good fortune. Throughout its history in three countries, there are records of answers to prayer and of benefits received. If ...

Finding connections between art and faith in Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking on Water

Westminster Presbyterian Church Contact: 3598 Talbot St, San Diego 619-223-3193 www.westminstersd.org Membership: 100 Pastor: Megan Cochran Neighborhood: Point Loma Age: 34 Born: Albert Lea, MN Formation: Macalester College, St. Paul, MN; McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago ...

December 4, 2020
Paramahansa Yogananda style

Self Realization Fellowship of San Diego Contact: 3072 1st Ave., San Diego 619-295-0170 www.sandiegotemple.org Neighborhood: Bankers Hill Minister: Brother Tyagananda. Members: 150-200 guests per Sunday service (9 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Age: 57 Born: Ascoli ...

November 20, 2020
Yukai: upholding the purity of Shingon teachings

Yukai The principle of this sect was to consider the way of men and women, yin and yang, to be the secret art of obtaining Buddhahood in this flesh, and the only means of obtaining ...

San Diego New Life: real people with real needs

San Diego New Life Contact: 730 Concepcion Ave., Spring Valley www.sandiegonewlife.org 619-829-1193 Membership: 150 Neighborhood: Spring Valley Pastor: Jack Sheets Age: 67 Born: Gardner, KS Formation: Point Loma Nazarene University, Point Loma; San Diego International ...

November 6, 2020
George Duncombe Cox: contemporary of John Keats

George Duncombe Cox The sound of evening music Vibrates along the mind, And strikes a chord of feeling Too sweet to be defined. When, with the moonlight rising, The nightingale’s sweet voice, We doubt, and ...

The “radical inclusiveness” of an openly LBGTQ+ pastor

Mission Hills United Methodist Church Contact: 4044 Lark St, San Diego 619-296-1243 www.missionhillsumc.org Membership: 50 Neighborhood: Mission Hills Pastor: Bailey Brawner Age: 26 Born: Anchorage, AK Formation: University of Montana-Western, Dillon, MT; Boston University School ...

October 23, 2020
Emperor Shirakawa offers a prayer to Hachiman

Emperor Shirikawa Of the six fundamental disciplines, the observance of the commandments is considered the most important; of the ten commandments, the prohibition on the taking of life is the prime one. All living creatures ...

October 16, 2020
Jesus Christ drive-thru

Canyon Springs Church Contact: 9700 Avenue of Nations, San Diego 858-746-9775 www.canyonsprings.org Membership: 500 Pastor: Jack Hawkins Neighborhood: Scripps Ranch Age: 57 Born: Newport Beach Formation: Biola University, Talbot School of Theology-Biola University, La Mirada ...

October 9, 2020
John Hay: served in government alongside Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley

John Hay There are two mountains hallowed By majesty sublime, Which rear their crests unconquered Above the floods of Time. Uncounted generations Have gazed on them with awe,-- The mountain of the Gospel, The mountain ...

Jerry Andrews preaches the beauty of the savior

First Presbyterian Church of San Diego Contact: 320 Date Street, San Diego 619-232-7513 www.fpcsd.org Membership: 430 Pastor: Jerry Andrews Age: 67 Born: Detroit, MI Formation: Detroit Bible College (William Tyndale College); Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, ...

September 25, 2020
Kukai: founder of the “mantra” school of Buddhism

Kukai From the deep, dim, most distant past, A thousand thousand tomes we hold Of sacred texts and learned lore Profound, abstruse, obscure and dark, Teachings diverse and manifold — Who can encompass such a ...

September 18, 2020
The teachings of Brother Lawrence

Sweetwater Community Church Contact: 5305 Sweetwater Rd, Bonita 619-479-8208 Facebook Page Membership: 80 Pastor: Chris Hughes Age: 55 Born: Brooklyn, NY Formation: San Diego State University; Wesley Seminary-Indiana Wesleyan University, Indianapolis, IN. Years Ordained: 15 ...

September 11, 2020
Margaret Mother of God: Renowned Dominican who helped the poor

Margaret Mary Hallahan (Margaret of the Mother of God, OP) “To use a book all the time of meditation is very idle. You will never attain any degree of union with God unless you practice ...

Benedict XIV’s Spe Salvi treatment

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Contact: 13541 Stoney Creek Rd., San Diego 858-484-1070 www.olmcsandiego.org Membership: 2,800 (pre-COVID 3,400) Pastor: Father Anthony Saroki Age: 46 Born: Royal Oak, MI Formation: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; University of ...

August 28, 2020
Shawn Mitchell: moved by a Youth for Christ group singing at the Civic Theater

New Venture Grace Church Contact: 4000 Mystra Dr., Oceanside 760-721-7777 www.newventuregrace.com Membership: 3,000 (Post-COVID, 700) Pastor: Shawn Mitchell Age: 66 Born: San Diego Formation: Point Loma Nazarene University, Point Loma; Bethel Seminary, San Diego; Church ...

August 14, 2020
Nicholas Wiseman: a great influence on John Henry Newman

Nicholas Wiseman It would of course be impossible to bring every branch of the natural sciences so completely into contact with sacred studies as these whereof we have treated nor can it be necessary to ...

Communion on the hood of a Humvee

Christ Church (Episcopalian) of Coronado Contact: 1114 9th St., Coronado 619-435-4561 www.christchurchcoronado.org Neighborhood: Coronado Membership: 200 Pastor: Father Michael Tinnon Age: 70 Born: Lexington, KY Formation: University of Kentucky, Lexington; Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY ...

July 31, 2020
Buddhism’s high regard for the Suvarnaprabhasa Sutra

The Suvarnaprabhasa Sutra (“The Golden Light Sutra”) Then Buddha declared to the Four Deva Kings: “Fitting is it indeed that you Four Kings should thus defend the holy writings. In the past I practiced bitter ...

The road to Capernaum

Grace Church of San Diego Contact: 2716 Madison Ave, San Diego 619-280-1495 www.gracesd.com Attendance: 1,200 Interim Lead Pastor: Nolan Lee Age: 35 Born: Niwot, CO Formation: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO San Diego Reader: How ...

July 17, 2020
John Harris: editor of one of the first English dictionaries

John Harris Tho’ would Men but studiously apply themselves to consider of, would they carefully and impartially examine into, and would they but seriously make use of those Means that God hath graciously given Mankind, ...

Sanctified and glorified at Encanto Southern Baptist Church

Encanto Southern Baptist Church Contact: 6020 Akins Ave, San Diego 619-264-8641 www.encantosbc.com Membership: 300 Pastor: Robert Pope Age: 69 Born: Rocky Mount, NC Formation: University of District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.; University of Phoenix, Phoenix, ...

July 3, 2020
The Nihon Shoki: the greatest value to historians and archeologists

The Nihon Shoki Izanagi and Izanami [i.e. “the divine primal pair”] stood on the floating bridge of Heaven, and held counsel together, saying: “Is there not a country beneath?” Thereupon they thrust down the jewel-spear ...

In Memoriam: Paul Zimmer

In Memoriam: Paul Zimmer I. The Visit For Paul and Suzanne Zimmer and Cele Wolf With sunlight pouring through the windows, March Retreats and winter’s windy shadows shake The shadows’ fruit from changing light. The ...

June 25, 2020

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