After over 25 years of ministry at Calvary Chapel Fallbrook (CCF), with the last 7-plus as the Senior Pastor, it was time for me to retire. Not out of desire, mind you, but because the Lord in His infinite wisdom and glorious plan has allowed me to be stricken with a rather debilitating and painful medical condition known as Interstitial Cystitis (IC). What happens with IC is that portions of your bladder dry up, and when that happens it allows the collected urine to come into contact with the nerve endings, causing excruciating pain. There is hope for a recovery from a medical standpoint, but it could be several months to years in the making. Since the pain was physically and mentally overwhelming, in what I hope was in the best interests of CCF I turned the baton over to the Board of Directors without a clear successor in mind, and now I hope and pray that your search for a new Senior Pastor goes well and is blessed by God. Continue reading
I’ve been asked many times this election season about my picks on various offices and issues. What follows are my personal picks regarding the national and statewide issues and offices, with a few of our San Diego County issues thrown in to boot. Where helpful, I’ll attach some commentary for clarity or humor (California propositions tend to visit us from the Twilight Zone).
My in-depth thoughts on appropriate government can be found in the last seven chapters of my book, UNGOD, Unmasking the Dark Image of Hell, but I’ll summarize here for brevity. I believe that all charity should be private. Government should never be the hand that doles out or controls charity, ever. I also believe that all education should be private, except for that which is necessary for government to train those necessary for government work (law enforcement, military, etc.). Continue reading
Much has been said and written lately regarding the Christian civilian and the use of deadly force (or any force at all, for that matter), with many pastors and Christian leaders weighing in on the subject. Some of these words have been rather rootin’ tootin’ in nature (Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s remarks on December 4, for instance), while some have landed squarely in the pacifist end zone (see Bethlehem College and Seminary Chancellor John Piper’s article of December 22). But the simple truth lies somewhere between these two poles, and I’d like to make the Biblical case for how this works. Continue reading
Author’s Note: On Sunday July 5, 2015, in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision granting a Constitutional right to homosexual marriage, I delivered a message to my congregation regarding the state of our nation. I’ve been humbled by the many requests for the audio of that message, but due to technical issues it was lost. What follows here is my attempt to recreate that message in article form from the notes of the day, which began with our congregation reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Today, as promised, I’ll address the state of our nation and the Christian’s response to it, and I’ll do so through answering a series of questions. Let’s begin by reading Genesis 1:26-28: Continue reading
I recently had the sad honor of officiating at the memorial service of former U.S. Navy SEAL Jeff Reynolds, whose untimely and difficult passing was a shock to us all. The memorial service was unfortunately not recorded, and I have received many requests for copies of the message I delivered in celebration of Jeff’s chosen profession – that of the warrior. With permission of the Reynolds family, I have done my best to create a transcript of that message as I recall delivering it. We must never cease to honor our heroes.
Pastor Barry Mahler
All ideologies have their rough patches during which horrible or detestable deeds are done in their names, but the fourteen centuries of horrible and detestable deeds done in the name of Islam don’t qualify as a rough patch – they qualify as a definition. It is therefore high time that the rest of the world disinvite Islam from the table of acceptable ideas on planet Earth. Continue reading