Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?


          How do we explain the natural disasters in our world? How do we comprehend the evil that human beings are capable of committing on one another? What does it mean that “God works all things together for good? This classic question is common to every culture and every person. We live in a world that is broken, this is not heaven for sure. Jesus, the…


Start With the “Why!”


It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. A. W. Tozer I haven’t always been a small group addict! Hard to believe I know… My adventure in small group ministry started when I was leading a fast-growing thirties married ministry we affectionately called “Boomers.” My Lead Pastor read a book, had a liver shiver and announced,…


Lead with Love


Paul the Apostle led with love, while in prison, awaiting his execution, he wanted others to experience the freedom and peace that comes from knowing God. “And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become as I am except for those chains.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭26:29‬ ‭ESV‬‬ My friend, Dave Bassard died a few years ago…


Church: An Aircraft Carrier On Mission

SAN DIEGO (July 29, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 transits into San Diego prior to mooring at Naval Air Station North Island. Nimitz is preparing for a 2009 regularly scheduled Western Pacific Deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

I’ve served in three types of churches over the last forty years of ministry. Each can be described metaphorically by the different kind of ships on the sea.  One church would be characterized by a cruise-liner, where the goal is to keep the passengers happy at all costs. Provide plenty of coffee and food and entertainment and networking for business contacts and childcare and programs to enhance friendships and everyone is…


Rooted Rally – September 11, 2016


Since the beginning of the year, we actively equipped 70 of our staff by taking them through an intense ten week Rooted Experience. Then we had two in-town retreats, where 285 of our Life Group Leaders devoted a Friday night and all day Saturday to being trained to lead Rooted groups. Finally we challenged our congregation to pay $50 each while committing to ten weeks in a group, five days…


Rooted – Coming to Real Life Church in September 2016


Rod Rooted PANNED AUDIO from mariners church on Vimeo. Rooted Intro Video – Caleb Anderson from Experience Rooted on Vimeo. Rooted Experience Rooted is a catalyst for life change. It provides the opportunity to connect with God, the church and your purpose in unexpected life-changing ways. Think of Rooted as a personal journey of faith. A journey with the goal of deepening your connection with God, biblical community and your…


Life in the Storm

Stan Lubeck Half Dome

Life is an adventure when we listen to and follow the leading of God’s Holy Spirit. I want to follow wherever the Lord leads, and I know that God wants my faith to grow stronger and that doesn’t happen when I play it safe. Playing it safe is risky! In “Whole Prayer” by Walter Wangerin Jr., Eugene H. Peterson writes, A favorite story in our home as our children were growing…



Fred Smith, “Leadership is both something you are and some thing you do. A mentor is not a person who can do the work better than his followers; he is a person who can get his followers to do the work better than he can.” Leadership in its purest form is found in the church among volunteer teams. There is no leverage, other than the motivation to serve for the…