Dane Skelton

    Dane Skelton is the Pastor of Faith Community Church and the author of Jungle Flight: Spiritual Adventures at the Ends of the Earth, a book of true stories from the ministry of JAARS (formerly Jungle Aviation and Radio Service). His second book, Papua Pilot: Flying the Bible to the Last Lost Peoples, co-authored with the late Paul Westlund, is now available on Amazon.com and Christianbook.com.
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    • Jul8Wed

      IS GOD ALWAYS ANGRY?

      July 8, 2020

      Is God angry with us all the time, or is he something we never expected?

      “When the person from whom I have the right to expect nothing gives me everything.” That’s Michael Card’s working definition of the Hebrew word no one knows how to translate: Hesed And here’s the bottom line: If you don’t know...

    • We were taking our morning walk on an early June beach vacation when a runner approached from the opposite direction. But something looked wrong. I couldn’t tell what at first, but as the person neared, I thought, that’s a huge woman. She was at least six-feet four-inches tall, in pink and blue running gear, wearing large...

    • Back in the ’90s, when the Christian men’s movement was booming, and books on godly masculinity were flying off the shelves, I attended a men’s conference with several well-known speakers. Among them was Steve Farrar, author of the bestseller, Point Man: How a Man Can Lead His Family.

      One of the small-group exercises popular in...

    • If you are heartsick at all the hatred and strife going on in our country right now, I have an encouraging story for you.

      My wife and I recently returned from a beach vacation. It will come as no surprise to those who understand ministry life that I do my best not to look pastoral on these trips. I wear shorts, sandals, and sunglasses...

    • May20Wed

      RECOMMENDING THE SEA

      May 20, 2020

      Turmoil. Grief. Anxiety. Are you acquainted with any of these? Of course, you are, especially during this pandemic. How do you soothe them? Where do you find solace? Allow me to recommend the sea.

      Few things soothe my soul like the sea. Visting the shore is an opportunity to engage with God through the majesty of his creation on a level that is...

    • May6Wed

      MAKE EVERY EFFORT

      May 6, 2020

      This is a solemn but a glorious hour. I only wish that Franklin D. Roosevelt had lived to witness this day. General Eisenhower informs me that the forces of Germany have surrendered to the United Nations. The flags of freedom fly over all Europe.

      For this victory, we join in offering our thanks to the Providence, which has guided and sustained...

    • Apr29Wed

      WHO DO YOU TRUST?

      April 29, 2020

      Years ago, preachers learned to do their work with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. If we are not connecting the sacred text to what is happening in the world, we aren’t doing our jobs. Now the internet, smartphones, and tablets substitute for physical newspapers, but the task is still the same. We need a steady stream of...

    • Apr22Wed

      HOW TO READ THE TIMES

      April 22, 2020

      If you enjoy Fixer-Upper as we do, you know that there is a formula for the popular TV show. A family-friendly couple is looking for an all-American home in Waco, Texas. They view three houses Chip & Jo have selected for them. Joanna wants to open the floor plan and remodel the kitchen, add crown molding, and of course, shiplap. Chip cuts up...

    • Apr8Wed

      RISEN: A Day Without Death

      April 8, 2020

      At the end of Act I in the 2016 film, Risen, a cynical Pilate probes his Tribune, Clavius, “Your ambition is noticed. Where do you hope it will lead?”

      “Rome. Position. Power,” says Clavius.

      “Which brings?”

      “Wealth, a good family, someday a place in the country.”

      “Where you will find?”

      ...

    • Apr1Wed

      Rx FOR ANXIETY

      April 1, 2020

      ANXIETY, I am not immune to it. I doubt you are either, especially now. Yet something Jesus said just before his crucifixion reminds me that we have a choice about our anxieties.

      The Apostle John described the scene for us in chapters thirteen and fourteen of his gospel. Jesus, already in Jerusalem for the Passover feast, was in the upper room...