The bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle; a song by Perry Como. Growing up here in Seattle I always thought he obviously was not here most of the year. However in the summertime it is hard to be a nice day here in the Pacific Northwest. It has been absolutely beautiful, in the mid seventies and sunny everyday for the last couple of weeks. This makes the street preaching very easy not having to contend with the weather and the people are outside. I just spent a couple weeks here in the Seattle area. Some of my time was visiting friends and relatives, and in particular one friend of mine who has cancer. I was able to get out and preach several times in Seattle and in the city of Bellevue.
4th & Pine Street in Downtown Seattle – Summertime Crowds
Seattle 3rd & Pike
I was on the corner of 3rd & Pike. It was an interesting day. It was very difficult at first as people kept trying to interfere one way or another. The first man who came up that was friendly was Derek who took a large print Gospel and thanked me for being out there. He said it made his day. I had some interference by some people I would classify as demonized. Then an aid car and ambulance came and parked right by me to haul someone out of the Ross clothing store. Right after that the police arrested a woman (not sure why) right in front of me. I stopped preaching briefly then continued. Continue reading
Sacramento – Jazz Festival Day 1
There were plenty of people here today for the first day of the Jazz Festival. I arrived to see Tom and Wally. Also to my surprise Steve and Chris were there. I had brought my amp but since Steve had his identical Roland KC 110 amplifier set up, we used that. Recently the Pacific Justice Institute had written a letter to the Sacramento City attorney requesting that they clarify the sound ordinance. In short we are able to use the amp without a permit. This applies not only for this event but most everywhere in the city. I preached what I felt was a really good session. Wally preached after me and we ended up leaving at about 3pm. The other fellas handed out tracts.
Sacramento – Jazz Festival Day 2
I left about 11am and got another great parking spot close to the K street mall. We all got there around noon; the same crew as yesterday plus Steve’s son. Also “Gospel” Gary and his assistant Paul came out. Before starting we gathered for prayer and discussed the many years we had worked together at this event. Today I ended up preaching three sessions; the first two were about an hour each and the last one about 20 minutes right before we left. Both Tom & Wally left before the rest of us. I talked about a personal relationship, the resurrection, and the basics of the Gospel. I had a good visit with Gary toward the end of the day as he told me of his experiences in San Francisco with SOS Ministries.
Sacramento – Jazz Festival Day 3
Although there is one more day to the festival tomorrow (Memorial Day) everyone made today the last day including myself. It was not as good as the previous days. There were lots of people but to me the spiritual climate was harder. I felt it was time to dust off our feet, like we were casting pearls before swine.
VIDEO LINK OF GOSPEL GARY PREACHING AT JAZZ FESTIVAL (2 min)
12th and “L” Street is where Robert Payne and I went on Wednesday the first of June. This was the first time Robert has been to this spot. We choose this after passing a few others that would have been good ones as well. Anyway we preached here for an hour splitting the time. We moved across the street at one point to accommodate a business that could hear us. Robert preached well and I like his style and his content. It was near 100 degrees but there were lots of people on the streets today. The legislature was in session which always adds to the concentration of people. Great day! Continue reading
Since the first of the year I have been in the San Francisco Bay Area in a holding pattern. I was able to take care of many doctor appointments and physical therapy for my back. Although not on the road to a far away place, I have been preaching in four major cities here; San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Berkeley. Sometimes these reports can be redundant so I will just share a few stories (highlights) from the different locations. This wraps up my time in the Bay Area as I will start to move toward the East Coast in the Spring and then to the Pacific Northwest come summer, the Lord willing.
As I write this blog I am in Los Angeles and will be here until the middle of next week. There are a few people here with me from the Bay Area also evangelizing. I will post something next week about the exciting things happening here. There are at least 4-5 people per outing that we have divine appointments with. It is hard to compile a list of all the people but please pray for those who may have been touched by the Gospel. Thank You!
Dave St Marie and I met at 13th & Broadway. I have not been on this particular corner in quite sometime. It got a little chilly as I preached. I had to use my stool because of my back and I ended up teaching a couple of passages; the narrow gate, and road to Emmaus. This was me branching out to more of a teaching ministry. I had a few hecklers including a semi blind man who insisted that Jesus never said “the blind leading the blind”. It goes to show you that people are really listening and one should be careful not to be taken out of context. Continue reading
Four Gospels into One Narrative
This is my best attempt to compile all accounts of the Gospels into chronological order to be read from one narrative. I begin with the arrest in the garden and finish with the ascension. I have also included some text from the book of Acts and 1 Corinthians where appropriate. I have worked on this project off and on over the last several years. My purpose was to compose one narrative in order to preach sections of this on the streets from memory. I do not claim that my work here is 100% accurate nor in any way inspired. There have been other men of God who have tackled such a project long before me. I did not copy from them; this is my own work. When it comes to the resurrection I found it difficult to put in order since the whole of the account is woven throughout all four Gospels. These testimonies are perhaps better preserved and authentic by letting each one stand on its own; for each writer brings out a different focus. This is a lot of material so I made it into a page rather than a post.
Here is the Link: FROM TRIAL TO TRIUMPH
Brief Preaching Update
I have been on a holding pattern here in the SF Bay Area. This is OK. In between doctor’s appointments and rain storms I have been going out preaching of course here in places like San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. On this usual circuit I am accompanied by Andy Conway and Dave St. Marie.
Many preachers are coming from around the country to descend on the Super Bowl held this year in the new Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California. This event I have taken a back seat to but will be going out this Friday night as Market Street in San Francisco should be packed with people going to “Super Bowl City” an attraction that is held every day until the big game.
I attended a March for Life event last week as an estimated 50,000 people marched down Market Street in San Francisco. Many of these were Christian, but probably mostly Catholics. We had set up across from the anti-life, pro abortion group. This group’s slogan is “abortion on demand, no apologies” They are a bit militant. They were there to protest the pro life event. It was very interesting. We had some great signs that Timothy Oliver, from my church, provided as this issue is very near his heart. I was able to witness one-on-one to a few people. One of these was Captain Evins of the SFPD. There were lots of people there. Later in the afternoon I went a few blocks away and preached for about two hours and had many good encounters. One was with a lesbian who had been brought up in a Christian home but has forsaken the faith because of harsh parents.
We got to March for Life early to set up. That is me holding signs.
I have been back in the Bay Area for almost a month now. The first week I stopped in Sacramento for a brief visit and some preaching. I then went to Dublin, California where I spent the next two weeks going out preaching in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. I had a great time and then back to Sacramento for Thanksgiving week which is where I am writing this from. The last Saturday in SF I met up Eric Martinez, Ken Onaga, and Andy Conway. There were several others who came too. I have known and preached with these guys for many years. The highlight was when Caleb, Eric’s son, who is 13 read Psalm one over the mic, it was powerful. Also in Sacramento I was able to see Gary Hayden, Tom Adcock & Wally Van Sandt in Old Town just earlier today.
Stoned in San Francisco
One day on Market street I met a young man named Joseph. Joseph came up to Andy while he was preaching and was disruptive when I came over to intervene. Joseph and I had words but before too long we bonded and I began to ask him questions. He admitted he was high on Marijuana which confirmed my earlier analysis of him. Over the course of the next couple hours both Andy and myself interacted with Joseph. He decided we weren’t so bad after all. After hearing his story of religious abuse growing up and a failed suicide attempt I encouraged him to start reading the Bible (he had some Bible knowledge) He followed me all the way to the BART train turnstile and didn’t want me to leave. I prayed for him and we said our goodbyes. He probably doesn’t have too many friends. Although he didn’t seem to be it turns out that Joseph is also homeless.
The first Friday in San Francisco while out with SOS Ministries I was awaiting to take my turn to preach when I saw a couple having some disagreement over a cellphone. The man finally grabbed it away from this woman. As he walked away the woman ran and attempted Continue reading