It was with sadness that I read Ron Glass passed away recently. He was a great actor, and he played Shepherd Book on one of my favorite science fiction shows, Firefly. Firefly is one of the greatest science fiction shows ever. Ron Glass made a great addition to the show as an actor, and he did a great job portraying the character. But, this article is not about the actor. It is about the character Shepherd Book and his teachings.
Very sad. I’m not surprised for three reasons.
1) The Calvary Chapel organization under Chuck Smith purged numerous pastors from their ranks over the years. I’m mainly referring to pastors who were Calvinists, but I’m sure there are others for numerous reasons… theological differences etc. So splits are nothing new. Even if they do not want to acknowledge it is division.
2) The Calvary Chapel organization was always run by one man, and Calvary Chapel churches are run by one man. That is the leadership structure and the teaching, so it is not surprising that someone at the main Calvary Chapel (Costa Mesa) would attempt to step into Chuck Smith’s role. Leaders within CC like George Bryson already set the mood for a split.
3) Humans are flawed. We Christians know this very well. And even though Yahushua told us to love one another like He loves us, we often fail miserably.
Read the letter below that went out on Monday, November 28.
As the word says… Be strong, be of good courage, and do not fear. Trust in your Creator and walk with Him doing what is good and right in His eyes. Love Him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. And for those who call on the name of Yeshua (Jesus), love our brothers and sisters in Christ like He loves us.
Excellent video by Alan Horvath on the Feast of Trumpets. The new moon begins this Friday and this moed begins on Sunday.