News: St. Arbuck’s Chapel | A Blog by Rev. Jeff Gannon

St. Arbuck’s Chapel is a weekly blog space where Pastor Jeff tells us what’s on his mind. The name pays tribute to a certain coffee chain where he finds refuge and inspiration. His current project is the “Wisdom from Wibaux,” an ongoing series exploring the native wisdom of his hometown. As he says, “The village raised all the children. I will be forever grateful for the lessons I learned from these authentic, hard working, hard-living folk from Eastern Montana. It may take us a year, give or take a few weeks, to get through all the stories, experiences, and people for whom I thank God regularly.”

Date Posted: May 16, 2017

Reasons Why Young People Should Not See 13 Reasons Why

First, please read this article about 13 Reasons Why that appeared in the Wichita Eagle on Thursday evening. Could ‘13 Reasons Why’ be a suicide trigger in Sedgwick County? BY KATHERINE ... READ MORE
Date Posted: May 9, 2017

Reflections on the Case of Rachael Hilyard and Demonic Possession

You may have heard the news about Rachael Hilyard.  She admitted to decapitating the 63 year-old woman, Micki Davis, in her garage. She reached out to a local pastor seeking an exorcism. The ... READ MORE
Date Posted: May 2, 2017

Wisdom from Wibaux: Toxic Faith and Healthy Faith

In my final installment of Wisdom from Wibaux, at least for a while, I want to close by contrasting toxic faith with healthy faith. I experienced both in my small, eastern Montana community. ... READ MORE
Date Posted: April 25, 2017

Wisdom from Wibaux: Always Be Nice

My Mother and Philo of Alexandria In the home where I grew up, one of the non – negotiable values was: always be nice. No matter what, be nice. Even though my mother didn’t know or use the ... READ MORE
Date Posted: April 18, 2017

Easter Sermon

Easter Sermon, April 16 Wisdom from Wibaux returns next week. As is my custom, this week’s blog is a manuscript of the Easter sermon I preached on Sunday. The reason I do this annually after ... READ MORE
Date Posted: April 11, 2017

Knowledge, Faith and the Abrahamic Religions, by Guest Blogger Jacob Cook

This week, St. Arbuck’s Chapel features a post by guest blogger Jacob Cook. Jake lectures in philosophy at Friends University and will soon complete a doctoral degree in Christian ... READ MORE
Date Posted: April 4, 2017

Wisdom from Wibaux: Sheriff Meek, Part 2

Sheriff Meek, Part 2 I drove my moped to the edge of Sheriff Meek’s yard, and he asked again, “Where have you been?” Even though I did not have the language for it, I felt deep down that I ... READ MORE
Date Posted: March 28, 2017

Wisdom from Wibaux: Sheriff Bunny, Part 1

This week, we are back to Wisdom from Wibaux  for the story of Sheriff Bunny. Our Local Sheriff Bunny Our local sheriff, Arleigh Meek, was known simply as “Bunny.” He had been in office for ... READ MORE
Date Posted: March 14, 2017

Wisdom from Wibaux: Never Too Young

Growing up a young boy on a hobby farm, you find ways to entertain yourself. My mother made it very clear to me she was not responsible to entertain me. I tell the parents who take the Love ... READ MORE
Date Posted: March 7, 2017

Wisdom from Wibaux: The Education of a Bully – Guilt, Shame and Mercy

Meet the Beggers, a Modest Family We moved to town when I was in entering the eighth grade. My mother bought a house at auction which sold for $17,000. It was a two bedroom home with a large ... READ MORE