I am human by birth, and a pastor by trade.

So, I write first as a human. A living, breathing, person. Just like everyone else, but with slightly different fingerprints.

And I write second, as a pastor, that has learned to see the world through a particular lens.
Namely, through the story of human redemption as told by the Christian scriptures.

  1. Erica Chen said:

    Hi! Pastor David, this is Erica from Taiwan. I visited El Centro Church in July. I was browsing through the SDA churches online and found your website by accident. 🙂 Your articles have been inspiring and close to real life. (well, i guess they all took place in real life. Heh!) Here’s the link I’d like to share with you and the youth in your church. It’s a Spanish clip for Impact Taiwan. I could hardly understand the conversaiton, but thought you guys might be interested. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLtIC1yITcA

    May God bless you and your ministries in the Stats! 🙂



  2. Erica, of course I remember you. I checked out the video it was great. I would really like to go to Taiwan but I am sure that I won’t be able to make it. Thanks for the link.

  3. Hello David. I am intrigued by your blog — and most fascinated! As a pastor in a small Lutheran, rural parish in the middle of Wisconsin, I see a lot of similarities in your comments and in my wanderings. Though I have long ago lost the ability to keep up with the older youth in our congregation and my ministry in white-bread Wisconsin is surely different than yours in California, our questions seem to be the same: Where are we going? How do we get out of this international chaos our current administration has gotten us into? How does call us to be “in this world” but not “of this world?” Where do Christianity’s fundamental ideas fit into our society without being overbearing or judgmental?
    FYI – I came across your blog by searching for writings for tonight’s New Year’s Eve service of Silent communion that I offer each year (there are a couple of inclusions from your blog in the handouts I give people to read and think about).

  4. Barry, I am thrilled that you have these questions, although I know that sometimes it’s not as comfortable for us when we are trying to wade through our thoughts to try and come to somewhat solid ground to regroup. But I think it is essential to have these questions that you posed, because it keeps us honest and always searching for a deeper understanding of truth as it relates to us. I would like to hear more about your Silent Communion, we have experimented with different types of communion at my church but we still haven’t tried silent communion. Let’s keep talking and discussing these questions. You can email me at daveoceguera@sbcglobal.net or we can keep talking on this blog.

  5. michael said:

    Hello David,

    My name is Michael and I’m a fellow WordPress.com blogger.

    A couple of days ago, while doing some random searching across the web, I came across a blog on Blogger.com – I also discovered that the author had “re-posted” one of my fiancee’s poems without permission and was trying to pass it off as his own writing.

    After doing some additional checking, I discovered that almost all of the written content on that site had been “cut and pasted” verbatim from WordPress bloggers. Your post: “A Sabbath Rhythm: Endings and Beginnings” was one of them.

    I don’t know if you gave permission for that person to “re-post” your writing, but in the event that you did not, I wanted to make you aware of the situation.

    You can see the “re-post” at: http://nothing-but-thanks.blogspot.com/2008/12/sabbath-rhythm-endings-and-beginnings.html

    Best Regards,

    – michael –

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