Stories of God at work in and through the ministries of Presbyterian Church of the Master in Mission Viejo, California.
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Fear Not! (But what if Pastor Courtney shares a really scary story about spiders?)
Invitations versus commands, angelic arrivals, the answer of presence, and the gift of more information.
What are you afraid of?
Jeff Given offers ZERO EFFORT Gardening Tips!
Deciduous trees, evergreen trees, and sleeping babies in between.
Here is a link to the image of our Floss silk tree (Ceiba speciosa):
Grace that is greater: Pastor Courtney on God's tenderness toward us
Frederich Buechner on how life will be both "beautiful and terrible." The heartbeat of the Gospel meeting us in our sin, brokenness, and sadness with the merciful grace of God.
The joy and connection of a good story: Film & storytelling part II
What makes a great story? Tips from Jesus - and from Pixar! Plus: how enjoying and telling great stories can draw us closer to one another.
Storytelling According to Pixar
A few of Pastor Courtney's storytelling favorites:
Gettysburg (based on Michael Shaara's book The Killer Angels)
Inside Out (Pixar)
Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly)
Whoever tells the stories shapes the culture: Film & storytelling part I
Good stories shape our appetites. Can movies draw us closer to Jesus? Can they help us love our neighbors well? What is the role of empathy in the Christian life, and how can film grow our compassion? Plus: favorite movies from our pastors.
Common Sense Media
Christ and Pop Culture's Mission Statement: Christ and Pop Culture exists to acknowledge, appreciate, and think rightly about the common knowledge of our age. Our mission is to edify the Church, glorify God, and witness to the world by encouraging and modeling a biblical presence within culture that is characterized by nuance and appreciation while resisting the extremes of thoughtless condemnation and uncritical embrace. We stand on the gospel and exist for the Church.
Pastor Jackson - The Usual Suspects
Pastor Daryl - National Treasure
Stephanie Cleye - Twister & Love, Actually
Jeff Given - Black Panther
Pastor Courtney - The Peanuts Movie, Hotel Rwanda, Lincoln, Miracle, The Greatest Showman, Hidden Figures
Poetry slam! Pastor Courtney on the power of words and the gift of poets
Favorite poems and poets, and where to go for more.
Brett Foster's The Tree Felled, The Tree Raised
Jane Kenyon's Let Evening Come
Jose Hernandez Diaz's The Fall
Langston Hughes's I, Too
Ogden Nash's The Duck
T. S. Eliot's Ash Wednesday
Mary Oliver's Maybe
Wendell Berry's This Day
Faith filled stories of active service
Presbyterian Pastor and author Courtney Ellis hosts an inspiring podcast showcasing ordinary Christians living our their faith in extraordinary ways at Presbyterian Church of the Master in Mission Viejo, CA.