Opening worship service at the 212th General Assembly of the PC(USA), June 25, 2000, as 12,000 worshipers from around So. Cal. and around the world gathered in the Long Beach Sports Arena. Elder Freda Gardner was the preacher. The scripture lesson from Micah 6 is introduced by the Rev. Gerald Arata, at that time Associate […]
Dr. Steve Yamaguchi encourages us to be a radical counter-culture outpost for Christ in a world that no longer knows him. Using the Biblical imagery of the Exodus, he challenges us to be radical disciples dependent on daily sustenance from God rather than eating from the fleshpots of Pharaoh or appealing to the care of […]
„The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you.“ (Max DuPree in The Art of Leadership.) At earlier Presbytery Meetings in the year, our EP, Dr. Steve Yamaguchi, helped communicate the vision of The Odyssey Group that is redefining our work together. At this last meeting of […]
The joy of being a Christ follower often comes from encountering those who are very different from us, as evidenced by youth who take a trip to Africa. Part 3 (of 4) of the series, „A Call to the Missional Church.“
An animated movie that illustrates the series of talks by Dr. Tod Bolsinger on how the Los Ranchos Presbytery is being turned upside down. See http://www.losranchos.org/about-us-odyssey-videos.php for more info. Video produced by Ryan Romberg of San Clemente Presbyterian Church.
Bishop Tom Wright offers guidance on how to deal pastorally with questions about heaven in a discussion with Dr. Tod Bolsinger. This is a Q & A session at the Annual Pastors’ Retreat for Los Ranchos Presbytery held at Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, CA. Bishop N.T. Wright is the Bishop of Durham in the […]
Bishop Tom Wright reflects on the postmodern movement, setting it in an historical context. Citing both its insights and limitations, the Bishop ends his comments with this thought, „Post-modernity is about announcing the Doctrine of the Fall to arrogant modernity. But the Fall is never the last word. The task of the church today could […]
Using the illustration of peddling his beloved two-wheeler up a hill, Dr. Steve Yamaguchi affirms the two basic values of the Presbytery along with the benefit of opposing views on major issues that can generate progress. Part 2 of his introduction to the Odyssey Report of September 18, 2008
Dr. Tod Bolsinger articulates the key concepts and the Odyssey Group reading list as he lays out the process of creating a new design for the Los Ranchos Presbytery. Part 2 (of 6) of the story, „Canoeing the Mountains.“ A report by the Odyssey Group.
Dr. Steve Yamaguchi thanks our partners in mission in their native languages. Our partnerships with our African friends are characterized by mutual respect and learning. A series entitled, „Biking to Church.“ Part 1 of 4.
Dr. Steve Yamaguchi offers hopeful reflections on dramatic changes for the Presbyterian Church, including his views on our new denominational leaders and the upcoming challenges for presbyteries. A series entitled, „Biking to Church.“ Part 4 of 4.
A priest learns about the importance of training from a Jet Fighter Instructor. „In the moment of crisis, you will not rise to the occasion. You will default to your training.“ Dr. Steve Yamaguchi introduces the Odyssey Group that is helping us learn to be a new kind of presbytery together. Part 2 of 2.