Author Archives: chris breuninger

About chris breuninger

I love life, my family, and Jesus. I enjoy live music, rigorous exercise, thoughtful movies, and strong coffee. I study scripture, wine, and people. I get frustrated with narrow minds, Christian stereotypes, and gardening. My vocation is pastor, but I’m hesitant to admit that, and I’m happy when people are surprised by that.

My Hope for Church

There’s a lot of talk today about the declining state of the Christian church in the US. More are attending churches less frequently, most churches are in decline, and there is a growing number of people who indicate a “non-faith” … Continue reading

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Speaking of Death

On Saturday, March 15, two women were killed in a tragic automobile accident in Santa Rosa, CA. In the blink of an eye, a husband lost his wife and mother, and his father lost his wife and daughter-in-law. As I … Continue reading

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An Inside Look into my Upcoming Series

This Sunday I begin a new series of messages called Encounters. What goes on inside my mind and heart when I choose a direction for a message series? This series arose out of the series I just completed, called Staying … Continue reading

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A Better Valentine’s Gift

Chocolates, flowers, and cards, are not cutting it, say men and women.  According to a recent poll, men tend are disappointed by the impracticality of a token novelty Valentine gift, and women are disappointed by the lack of thoughtfulness of … Continue reading

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Time to Dance

Last week Redwood Kids sponsored a Father-Daughter dance, but one fireman and his daughter were not able to make that dance.  Mr Farren, a Firefighter, was being honored at a Fireman’s banquet. During the awards presentation, he mentioned to the … Continue reading

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A Pastor’s Grief

Scott Peck begins his mega best seller, The Road Less Traveled, with these words, “Life is hard”. True enough, Scott. Over the past two months I’ve grieved the death of two uncles, my brother-in-law, and my dog, Buster. Four deaths … Continue reading

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Why Gravity has Gravitas

For me, one sign of a good movie its stickiness. Does it stick with me? Do I ponder it days after I’ve seen it? Gravity is a movie that stuck with me. On paper it looks like an improbable contestant … Continue reading

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Surprised by Rant

Last week I posted “A Pastor’s Rant about Spiritual Growth” which became my most viewed blog. The volume of traffic surprised me, and I think it exposed a problem that has contributed to the church becoming a mile long and … Continue reading

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A pastor’s rant about spiritual depth

Every Pastor, including me, hears this comment once in a while: “Pastor, what I want are meatier, deeper sermons. I just want to grow deeper in my faith.” I get it. I love to learn, and I don’t like thin, … Continue reading

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The one thing the church offers that the world cannot live without

What’s the one thing that the church offers that the world cannot live without?  In a word, community. As society becomes increasingly fragmented and as the family becomes increasingly broken, Christians have something to offer that the world cannot: true … Continue reading

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