Pastor's Perspective: Faith is built on a one-time event – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Christians don’t base their faith in Jesus on the story of creation in the Bible. Good Christians disagree about where on the scale of literal to allegorical the first few chapters of the Bible are exactly, so it is clear that our faith is not based on that. Our faith isn’t based on the correct version of the Bible, though we talk about that a fair bit, too. Our faith is not based on which denomination, which pastor is the correct pastor, which view of the Revelation of John is precisely correct, either.

Our faith is built on an event, a one-time event. An event where lots of people saw a man die, clearly die, and then saw Him alive three days later. If Jesus was not raised from the dead, then Christians are to be pitied for their faith in something that isn’t true – that we have foolishly based our present lives and our eternal future on something that isn’t true.

Foothills Congregational Church hosts Zen book signing May 4

Foothills Congregational Church is scheduled to host a book signing with authors Les Kaye and Teresa Bouza 5-6:30 p.m. May 4 in the church’s Parish Hall, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

Kaye and Bouza are co-authors of “A Sense of Something Greater: Zen and the Search for Balance in Silicon Valley” (Parallax Press, 2018), which explores the ways Zen practice awakens people’s inherent spiritual dimension and brings meaning and authenticity to the pressure-packed lives of work and family.

Christian Science presentation offers ‘A New View’ on healing

Phillip Hockley, a practitioner of Christian Science healing, is scheduled to discuss “A New View of God and Its Effect on Well-Being” 7:30 p.m. Monday (April 15) at the Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, 500 Castro St.

After sustaining a debilitating injury that was diagnosed as rendering him permanently disabled, Hockley began investigating ways to improve his situation. Along the course of his search, he attended a lecture on Christian Science.

“During that lecture, I found something that was indeed life-transforming,” he said. “Christian Science gave me a new view of God that I’d not had before: a view of God as love itself, divine love that loved me fully. I also discovered that this loving God was not the source of my troubles, which were many, but the solution to them. My life began to improve quickly and I became a healthy man.”

Hockley now speaks on Christian Science, introducing the core principles to audiences all over the world. His presentation will draw on concepts from the Bible, especially Jesus’ life and teachings, as well as explanations from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” the textbook of Christian Science written by Mary Baker Eddy.

After the difference Christian Science made in his own life, Hockley wanted to share it with others dealing with similar mindsets of discouragement.

“From that moment on, I knew I had found something very special and could hardly wait to explain this experience to others – this ability to love and be loved by God,” he said.

Currently, he maintains a healing ministry and is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.

Admission to the talk is free and open to all.

For more information, call (650) 948-3602 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Foothills Congregational to host event with authors of 'Sense of Something Greater'

Foothills Congregational Church is scheduled to host two presentations and book signings with authors Les Kaye and Teresa Bouza, 5-6:30 p.m. May 4 and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5 in the church’s Parish Hall, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

Kaye and Bouza are authors of “A Sense of Something Greater: Zen and the Search for Balance in Silicon Valley” (Parallax Press, 2018), which explores the ways Zen practice awakens people’s inherent spiritual dimension and brings meaning to pressure-packed lives of work and family.

I'm Just Saying ...: A thousand little things

I used to have a tendency to not bother God with the little stuff in my life.

Decision shocks Methodists committed to inclusion

National surveys tell us regularly that a growing percentage of people – now more than 25 percent in California – identify themselves with no religious group. There’s even a name for this new denomination: “Nones.”

Most Nones think of themselves as spiritual in some way. It’s not that they believe nothing, it’s that they haven’t found a religious organization – church or synagogue or mosque or temple – that consistently offers them something they need.


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