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Quiet | Spirit

becoming still...
engaging The Presence of God

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Thoughtful | Word

discovering The Way of Truth

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Beauty | Sacrament

seeing the glittering sacredness of life

Vision and Mission

We are on twin, synergistic journeys—the journey inward and the journey outward.

We pursue biblically based, grace-enabled spiritual transformation in order to be the cooperative friends of Jesus who, for the sake of others, live constant lives of creative goodness through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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FALL 2014


Vanguard University
Needham Chapel
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


9:45 am | Coffee & Community on the patio
10:00 am | Worship Service



Following Jesus: Piecing Together The Story We Find Ourselves In A Review of the Anglican Catechism
Sundays, October 19, 26 and November 2, 9, 16

The Divine Conspiracy – Men’s Reading Group
Saturday, October 25, 2014


November Gathering – Discipleship with Bill Hull
Friday, November 14, 2014

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Vanguard University
Needham Chapel
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Global and Local Outreach

October 21, 2014
I think Holy Trinity Church is at its God-called best when we are living into this visionary and orienting ideal: We are seeking to become the cooperative friends of Jesus, seeking to live, through the power of the Holy Spirit, consistent lives of creative goodness for the sake of others. I first discovered the phase for the sake of others in about 2003 while reading passages in Martin Luther for my doctoral work. Those words are in the subtitle of my first…

A Vision for Serving

October 9, 2014
The vision for serving at Holy Trinity is not rooted in need. Needs will be brought to your attention as the occasion arises. But they will never be used to badger or manipulate you to do anything. Rather, serving finds its place among us at Holy Trinity as an aspect of our inward journey into Christlikeness. There are no more powerful words on this topic than those of Jesus: Even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as…

Quiet, Beauty and Thoughtfulness

October 4, 2014
Everybody has a face...and faces communicate powerfully: think of a sultry come-on, or the stern look of a parent or the delighted look of teacher who just realized “you got it!” The values that drive the public face of Holy Trinity Church are quiet, beauty and thoughtfulness. These emerge as a Gospel response to the social context of those to whom we minister. Quiet: Southern California is noisy in the extreme. The noise is jangling our minds and shrinking…

Peace Of Heart

August 18, 2014
“It is generally safe to say that noise and turmoil in the interior life are signs of inspirations that proceed from our own emotion or from some spirit that is anything but holy. The inspirations of the Holy Ghost are quiet for God speaks in the silent depths of the Spirit. His voice brings peace. It does not arouse excitement, but allows it because excitement belongs to uncertainty. The voice of God is certitude. If he moves us to motion, we go forward…

Miss The Mark

July 25, 2014
Trying to not sin doesn’t work for the vast majority of Christians. Why? Endeavoring to not do something is too weak of a vision. It is not compelling enough. Not just with big things like God, but even with something as mundane as diet and exercise. Trying to not eat sugar or bread gets most of us now where. Bringing eating habits under control too often only follows a heart attack or diagnosis of diabetes or constant joint pain from inflammation caused…

Miracles and the Expansion of the Church

July 17, 2014
There are conversations floating around the cyber world about how the more developed theologies of the north and west (mostly Europe and North America) might help inform and shape the church as it emerges in the south and east (Africa, Latin America, Asia). As the historian Mark Noll points out, while the church of the southern hemisphere might have all sorts of denominational affiliations, beneath it all is an underlying Pentecostalism—that is, a belief…
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Repentance Is Not An Emotion

July 11, 2014
Repentance is not an emotion. It is not feeling sorry for your sins. It is a decision. It is deciding that you have been wrong in supposing that you could manage your own life and be your own god; it is deciding that you were wrong in thinking that you had, or could get, the strength, education and training to make it on your own; it is deciding that you have been told a pack of lies about yourself and your neighbors and your world. And it is deciding that…

Rest – Is It Possible?

July 3, 2014
In a recent sermon by Pastor Todd [listen], he held up a cell phone and referred to it as a modern Tower of Babel. Then following Sunday, Mike McNichols [listen]  spoke about the fear and freedom that we have when confronted with not having access to our smartphones – resulting in no time to rest. I was directly confronted with this battle while traveling home to Sweden for a wedding.  Immersed in this beautiful country, surrounded by family and friends,…
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