Author Archives: chriocommunities

Four Reasons Why Jesus Should Captive Your Mind More Than the President

I recently wrote an article for an organization called Missio Alliance. I recommend checking them out and, if you like the articles, podcasts, and other media they curate, subscribing to their weekly e-newsletter. If you’re interested, here’s an introductory paragraph … Continue reading

Posted in Michael's Blog, Politics, Theology, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What’cha Reading: Book 1, Part 2

I recently started a new blog series called Whatcha Reading. My inaugural post was part 1 of a review of a book called Unfettered Hope by theologian Marva Dawn. Due to the density of this book, I decided to break … Continue reading

Posted in Michael's Blog, Theology, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On Prayer: Waiting Five Years For The Answer I Wanted

Five years. Yes, five years. When the Chrio family invited me to be their Pastor just over five years ago I began praying that God would develop relationships between our church family and the families that attend Pedro Guerrero Elementary … Continue reading

Posted in Joel's Blog, Our Community, Prayer, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What’cha Reading? Book 1, Part 1

Title: Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society Author: Internationally renowned theologian, author, and educator Dr. Marva J. Dawn has served as Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Under Christians Equipped … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

What’cha Reading?

“Hey Michael, you need to read this.” I hear these words often. When someone in my life who knows I’m a pastor reads a book they really enjoy (usually having something to do with Christianity or spirituality) they assume I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More Than A Song: Why Picking Fruit On Sunday Is Worship

Do you remember the song ‘Heart of Worship’ by Matt Redman? I know. I know. Bringing up a song from 1998 dates oneself. But do you remember it? If not, you can have a cultural experience by going here. As … Continue reading

Posted in Families, Joel's Blog, Our Community | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Invocation Dilemma – Offering A Prayer At The Mesa Public Schools Governing Board Meeting

“Will you offer a prayer at the Governing Board meeting for Mesa Public Schools?” “Sure!”  I replied, not knowing exactly what that even meant. This is how a meeting ended with a small group of leaders from Mesa Public Schools concerning refugees … Continue reading

Posted in Joel's Blog, Our Community, Politics, Prayer, Stories, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment