About Sam Paschall
Married to beautiful Anjuli. Father of strong Manoah and gentle Samuel. Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Care here at Mission Hills Church. Graduate of Talbot School of Theology and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Born in Bend, OR but consider Escondido, CA my hometown. Fan of the swinging (but often striking out) Friars, for non-baseball fans that is the San Diego Padres. Also a fan of music, books, coffee, the ocean (particularly the Pacific), LOST, Tolkien, cheese, cooking, my wife’s photography, good poetry, grass, the smell of surf wax, and something else. Otherwise I live a relatively uninteresting life: but it is good, true, and beautiful. As Ralph Waldo Emerson so succinctly said, “At some point everyone realizes that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that like it or not, we are who we are; that despite the infinite abundance in the universe, nothing good can come to us except by working that little plot of land that we are given to farm.”

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Forgive Thyself?

“I know God has forgiven me but I just can’t forgive myself.” I have sat in my office or at a coffee shop with many a soul whose despondency over …

The Horror of Human Resources

The 1973 science fiction film Soylent Green depicts a chilling dystopian future in which humans, amongst other things, consume a product called soylent green. This small green wafer marketed as …

“On Fire” For Jesus?

I suppose I have been trying to tackle some of the evangelical jargon that has actually enslaved us to an anemic spirituality (most recently “it’s not a religion, it’s a …

How the Gospel Changes Us

“I see men, but they look like trees, walking.” Mark 8:24 The evangelical church seems to waffle between some form of antinomianism (a rejection of God’s law as no longer …

It’s Not Personal, It’s Business

“Whatever else anything is it ought to begin by being personal” Meg Ryan You’ve Got Mail Though evangelicals have been engrained with the belief that Christianity isn’t a religion but …

We Don’t Have a Direct Relationship With God

We evangelicals tout the battle cry “its not a religion its a relationship,” eschewing institutional formality, priestly orders, and list-based self-justification. We say it as if it’s obvious what we …

A Vacuum of Authority, An Inconsistent Spirituality

Suffer me a brief history lesson. North American evangelicalism can be traced through three waves of revivalist development. Wave 1: Jonathan Edwards + George Whitefield + the Tennent Bros – mid-eighteenth …

The Strange Spirituality of Evangelicals

The term evangelical is about as slippery as a wet bar of soap in a hot shower.Try to define an evangelical… I dare you. The moment you do some self-identified …
 
Formed for the Glory of God:Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards
Wisdom tells us to sit at the feet of our elders rather than the latest ministry fad. And is there a better elder to guide us than Jonathan Edwards?
Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics:A Guide for Evangelicals
Many have come to discover the wealth of spiritual insight available in the Desert Fathers and other traditions. The essays in this volume provide a guide for evangelicals to read the Christian spiritual classics.