Keith Schwanz

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

— Henry Ward Beecher


“I’m Sorry”

The telephone call came from the director of a counseling center I had met a few weeks before. A mainline congregation sponsored the center; she called me specifically because I served as an evangelical pastor. […]

Jan, 24

Credible Witness

There was an article in this morning’s Kansas City Star by Associated Press writer Gillian Flaccus on the purchase of the Crystal Cathedral by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. One supporter of Robert Schuller […]

Jul, 07

Christian Witness in a Postmodern World

In the 1960s I assisted with an outreach survey organized by the local ministerial association.  The survey assumed most people had prior church involvement. In the 1970s the secular university campus ministry I attended used […]

Mar, 21


On Monday evening, July 17th, I met with our daughter’s Life Group, a small group ministry of Portland First Church of the Nazarene.  This is a group of young adults, almost all of them in […]

Jul, 18

Characteristics of a New Kind of Church

FELLOWSHIP The new gathering is a community … We understand the church to be a community of persons seeking to follow Jesus.  For the community to function effectively, every person is both a leader and […]

May, 19

Drinking from the Well, Part 3

I thought that I’d go on to other topics when I finished “Drinking from the Well, Part 2,” but in his comment on Part 2 Mike King asked about my reflection on the Eucharist at […]

May, 13

Drinking from the Well, Part 2

Here we go with Part 2 of my reflections of a Sunday at Jacob’s Well. The Word section of the worship time was my favorite.  It had depth and clearly connected with life in 2006.  […]

May, 11


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