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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    • Jun16Wed

      WAITING ON GOD AND GROUNDHOGS

      June 16, 2021

      I got my first groundhog last night. The ten-pound thief was tearing up my farmer friend’s soybean field, and I wanted to help. Plus, I like shooting. But I didn’t realize till later how much groundhog hunting has in common with spirituality.

      Several verses come to mind, but these two will do:

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    • Jun9Wed

      WHERE IS GOD WHEN IT HURTS?

      June 9, 2021

      Tragedy has tinted our town the last several weeks. As the world emerges from the pandemic, our small community has lost our excellent high school JROTC leader to sudden death and then one of the high school secretaries to sudden brain seizures. A church member’s son is diagnosed with cancer, and my wife’s brother is suffering from...

    • Jun2Wed

      THE SECRET KEY TO SUCCESS

      June 2, 2021

      “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;

      I possess knowledge and discretion. [1]

      “How have you ridden motorcycles for forty years and never been hurt when seven of my friends have been badly injured or killed on them?” The more I thought about my young friend’s question, the more safety precautions I listed. But then I...

    • He was a small man, wiry, and energetic. A big teaser, that's how I remember Uncle Lewis, who was not my uncle at all but a long-time family friend. My mother babysat their daughters in the 1950s. She still remembers the day, in 1942, when he came by the house in his dress whites and squatted down to say goodbye to his then six-year-old friend.

      ...

    • “Have you heard this podcast going around Christian circles?” My friend asked, referring to the Holy Post Podcast, Why We’re Divided & Positive Pluralism with Bob Roberts. Full disclosure, I have not listened to it. But Roberts references The Splintering of the Evangelical Soul , by Christianity Today Editor in Chief,...

    • May12Wed

      REPAIRING THE AMERICANIZED CHURCH

      May 12, 2021

      May 14, 2011, Winnipeg, Canada. We’d just stepped off the plane, collected our baggage, and loaded up in the two Chevy Astro vans Johnnie and Alex drove over from Camp Of The Woods and settled in for the five-hour trip back to camp. As our van pulled away from the curb, we heard a horrible scraping sound. SKRRRRRR!

      “Oh yeah,...

    • Breakpoint , Christianity Today , and the Institute for Family Studies recently reported on a new Pew Research survey indicating that American evangelicals embrace premarital sex and cohabitation in increasing numbers. Writing for IFS, David J. Ayers says, “It is stunning that this has quietly come to pass among adherents to a form of...

    • A dear friend from a nearby town visited and shared a story all too common among evangelicals. Less than three years into his tenure and without warning, his new pastor imposed a righteousness test on the congregation. If the church refused to follow his lead, he would resign.

      Few things surprise me after thirty years in ministry, but some just...

    • Apr21Wed

      WHO ARE YOU? Identity is Destiny

      April 21, 2021

      The question stumped me. I was in my early thirties, wrestling with deep disappointments, anxieties, and frustrations. Phil was a retired pastor and WWII vet who had become my mentor. Ever so gently, he asked again, "Who are you?"

      My mind flashed back to some things my father had said to me in anger, to memories of singing in church and...

    • Apr14Wed

      WHO'S IN & WHO'S OUT?

      April 14, 2021

      In his novel, A Painted House, John Grisham describes a Sunday school teacher eulogizing a mean character named Jerry Sisco, who had been killed the night before in a back alley fight after he picked on one person too many.

      In the words of the little boy who had seen the fight with his friend Dewayne: "She made Jerry sound like a Christian and...