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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Meditation ‘From the Cross’

As a a pastor I regularly interact with people in desperate situations, even now I agonize over a homeless family with two small children who have no where to go. …

An Origins Theory

I have always been a fan of “origins” stories, and recently there has been a glut of superhero origin stories (here, here, and here). Whether or not the movies are …

Cue Balls and Causal Love

I had always thought of our loving of God and neighbor as related to God’s love the way a cue ball was related to the cue. God loved me in …

Young Adults Jumping Ship: Part Deux

According to my previous post, my developing conviction about young adults and the church is that the church is not presenting youth with a compelling vision for the Christian life. …

Young Adults Jumping Ship and A Compelling Life

I had an extended conversation today regarding the ever-troubling topic of young adults and the apparent dissonance between the church and the cliff its young adults seem to walk off …

The Sandlot and Vicarious Atonement

This weekend I was on a mini-vacation (about which I will be posting later), and before we put our boys to sleep one night The Sandlot came on, which of …

Eschatology and the Flux Capacitor

Mr. Strickland: I noticed your band is on the roster for the dance auditions after school today. Why even bother, McFly? You don’t have a chance. You’re too much like your …

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 …
 
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.