An Open Letter to Calvary Chapel Fallbrook

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

4,380 Crosses

A few months ago it struck me that my Dad (John Mahler, who now lives in Georgia) would be celebrating his 75th birthday in the same month that I’d be celebrating my 50th, and so I had the brilliant idea (I guess everyone gets one per lifetime) of meeting in his hometown of Henderson, Kentucky to celebrate a 125th birthday party together.  That little kernel of an idea coalesced into – with the help of many family members – two family reunions over the course of Memorial Day weekend. Continue reading

Barry & the Navy SEAL

The new movie Act of Valor has me thinking about my Navy days, and so I thought I’d take some time to share with everyone one of my two combat experiences.  The first of these took place between the USS Eisenhower and a Greenpeace vessel off of the coast of Mallorca, Spain in 1988.  Needless to say the U.S. Navy won that one, so we’ll move on to my other combat experience, which occurred in the Fall of 1989 when I actually fought with a Navy SEAL.  What can I say – it was the Cold War, and we didn’t have Osama and his buddies to deal with yet.  Idle hands, and all that… Continue reading