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: June 13, 2017

Where does racism come from?

Have you noticed the number of articles in the newspaper recently which describe a renewed vigor of racism and racist activity? Recently, a noose was found in the newly created Smithsonian ... READ MORE
Date Posted: June 6, 2017

God’s glory is revealed in suffering

Recently, I preached a sermon on how a good and loving God allows suffering in the world. We all know there is plenty of suffering all around us. No one is exempt. Suffering is the common ... READ MORE
Date Posted: May 30, 2017

Hurt, Anger and Revenge

“Newspaper (media) in one hand and the Bible in the other.” I have been troubled by the amount of violent crime we experience in Wichita on a regular basis. Last weekend, there were four ... READ MORE
Date Posted: May 23, 2017

No One is Immune to Depression

A person who responded to last week’s blog offered some ideas I want to share. This person said perhaps it would be better if parents and students watched the 13 Reasons Why series together ... READ MORE
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