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Apr 10, 2021

Congregants nail burdens to the cross

Those who attended the 16th Annual Easter Sunrise Service, put on by the Church Without Walls, were given an opportunity to nail their “burden” to the cross and thus release it.

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Apr 7, 2021

For God’s Sake: Sparking an interest in reading the Bible

There are a few unique words and expressions in the Bible that have made their way into common English speech.

One of those words is “shibboleth,” which refers to a word, a mannerism, or a mode of dress that is peculiar to a group. It comes from an incident recorded in Judges 12, a conflict between two Israelite tribes, the Ephraimites and the Gileadites.


Apr 7, 2021

Sun rises over risen Son celebration

This past Sunday, a small group from Compass Community Church (compassefca.org), where I am the pastor, gathered before dawn at a picnic pavilion alongside Santa Rosa Sound for a sunrise service.

Our huddled group greeted one another with a subdued, “Happy Easter!” or “Christ is risen!” and the response, “He is risen indeed!” It was early and it was cold.


Apr 2, 2021

Jesus Christ obituary

Jesus Christ, 33, of Nazareth, died Friday on Mount Calvary, also known as Golgotha, the place of the skull. Betrayed by the apostle Judas, Jesus was crucified by the Romans by order of the governor Pontius Pilate. The causes of death were crucifixion, extreme exhaustion, loss of blood, and a broken heart.

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Apr 1, 2021

For God’s Sake: Easter Sunday signals promise of a new life to come

Last month, I saw a meme that pictured a U.S. weather map where every state but ours was overlaid in colors of icy blue and purple showing frigid temperatures and heavy snow.

The entire state of Florida was overlaid in sunshine yellow and boasted temps in the low 80s north to south. That week in Navarre, our overnight temps dipped into the high 20s and the daytime temps barely crested 40 degrees.


Mar 31, 2021

Resurrecting the essentials

Mid-March 2020, governors across the country imposed size restrictions on public gatherings in their state, attempting to curb the spread of a strange, new virus.

After hastily called meetings, church leaders weighed options for continuing weekly worship services.


Mar 24, 2021

Navarre First Assembly holds annual missions conference

Navarre First Assembly of God held its annual missions conference March 6.

“We’ve been doing this about 10 years,” said Iris Tatom, First Assembly’s director of missions, “and each year it has been a little different.”


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Mar 23, 2021

For God’s Sake: Most reliable source of wisdom is the Bible

If you want wisdom, you could scale a distant peak to consult with some wizened sage, or you can drive to Indiana and visit my father-in-law.

My wife and I have just returned from celebrating his 104th birthday with him.


Mar 21, 2021

Beach sunrise service planned for Easter Day

Navarre Community-Wide Easter Sunrise Service will be hosted by the Navarre BeachSide Church on Sunday, April 4 at 6:00 am in the main parking lot for Navarre Beach and Pier.

Mar 19, 2021

Guest Column: Eyes toward the Son

Sometimes the less we can see, the more we can see.

When you’re enjoying the beach on a bright, sunny day, clearly seeing your surroundings seems at times to be next to impossible.