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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    • A beautiful wedding is a microcosm of cooperative community. Everyone exerts him or herself to the utmost to insure the bride and groom have their day of unalloyed joy. Friends fly in from far-off fields, florists outdo themselves arranging flowers, planners and facility managers push to make the venue flawless, and photographers find the...

    • Mar15Wed

      I'M HERE FOR THE MUSIC

      March 15, 2017
      Filed Under:
      Reflections, Commentary

      No iTunes can match, no earbud replace the living intercourse of artist and audience.

      The kid at the keyboard, Samuel, who is only sixteen and won’t mind me calling him that, had no idea what he was about to do to us. Oh he knew he was presenting a Chopin piece for an offertory, one he had practiced for many months in preparation for a...

    • Jan18Wed

      TRUMP AND THE DECLINE OF ABORTION

      January 18, 2017
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      Commentary

      The inauguration of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth president of the United States is just two days away and many Americans still cannot believe it’s happening, or how he won in the first place. Some say, “The Russians did it!” Others point to corruption in the Clinton camp that predated any FBI investigation. Most, however,...

    • Jan11Wed

      NAVIGATING THE TRUMP ECONOMY

      January 11, 2017
      Filed Under:
      Theology, Commentary

      Many people are celebrating the election of billionaire Donald Trump as the greatest hope for economic expansion since the Reagan era. Deutsche Bank’s chief economist, David Folkerts-Landau, predicts growth in the 2018 American economy of double the 1.5% rate in 2016. But financial markets loathe uncertainty, and even with his Wharton Business School training and personal success, Trump the business man is harder to nail down than the most Teflon-coated politicians. Nevertheless, says Folkerts-Landau, "While Trump introduces higher uncertainty, this is better than the near certainty of the continuation of a mediocre status quo."

    • Nov16Wed

      BEWARE BLACK FRIDAY

      November 16, 2016
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      Theology, Commentary

      One of FCC’s regulars, who worked in a well-known department store, mentioned something one Thanksgiving week that made me gasp. “I have to be at work at 2:00 AM next Friday morning.”

      The next day, at the teen ministry I co-sponsored at the middle school, one of the kids said, “I can’t believe it. My mom is waking me up at 1:00 AM Friday to go shopping!”

    • Nov2Wed

      THE CUBS AND EVERLASTING HOPE

      November 2, 2016
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      Commentary

      “Maybe deep heartache takes the nearly impossible to cure because, having lost hope, the only remedy is for it to be replenished by what feels too much like a miracle to ignore.” [1]

      Bill Reiter’s opening to his piece on the Cub’s improbable victory--pardon me, mauling of the Indians last night strikes a chord in the...

    • Oct13Thu

      BEYOND CLINTON AND TRUMP

      October 13, 2016
      Filed Under:
      Reflections, Commentary

      Thirty-six years ago tonight I met with half a dozen college friends, as I had for weeks, to pray that God would make Jimmy Carter a one-term president and give us Ronald Regan for two. I have been thinking theologically about and actively involved in the political process ever since and I have never been so disgusted with its results. Yet it...

    • Sep28Wed

      VICTIMOLOGY 101

      September 28, 2016
      Filed Under:
      Theology, Commentary

      What do Islamic terrorists, LGBT activists, and the rioters in Charlotte all have in common? One would think nothing at all, but dig a little deeper and you will find an underground stream running through our culture that nourishes all three.

      Welcome to Victimology 101.

      The Jihadist rationale for violence depends in part on a doctrine that...

    • Michael Phelp’s amazing return to gold medal form for the 2016 Olympics is the story of a man with a new mission in life. He was contemplating suicide in 2014 when his friend, Ray Lewis, an All-Pro linebacker and Christian, convinced him to enter rehab and gave him a copy of Rick Warren’s “The Purpose-Driven Life.”

      Phelps...

    • Islamofacism marches on and the headlines with it as Istanbul reels from yet another Muslim massacre, yet the wounds of Orlando are still fresh.

      Many churches have stepped up to help heal those wounds. One of the churches closest to the nightclub, less than a mile away in fact, is DISCOVERY CHURCH’S (DC) Central campus. Website: http:...