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: October 8, 2019

How to Preach to People’s Needs

Our mission of “Welcoming all persons to experience and share the extraordinary grace and love of Jesus the Christ” is central to our being and doing as a congregation. I go a step further ... READ MORE
Date Posted: October 1, 2019

Therese of Lisieux

One of my favorite saints of the church universal is Therese of Lisieux, whose feast day was October 1, 2019. At the age of 15, she entered the convent and died at age 24 from TB. She made a ... READ MORE
Date Posted: September 24, 2019

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

The Top Eight Signs of an Emotionally Unhealthy Christian Pete Scazzero A number of years ago I had to face the fact that I would never grow spiritually beyond my level of ... READ MORE
Date Posted: September 17, 2019

The Hiding Place: Part 2

Last week, my friend Steve May told a story about Corrie Ten Boom’s struggle to forgive some friends who had taken advantage of her. (The Clanging of the Bell.)  Eventually, she ... READ MORE
Date Posted: September 10, 2019

The Hiding Place

A word of inspiration about one of my heroines, Corrie ten Boom. Corrie and her Dutch family sheltered as many Jews from the Nazi’s as they possibly could. Both Corrie and her sister were ... READ MORE
Date Posted: June 4, 2019

Great Plains Conference Follow Up

Five resolutions and one petition were discussed and voted upon during the Saturday morning sessions: Resolution 14 — The Creation Care team offered a resolution, which passed on a show ... READ MORE
Date Posted: May 21, 2019

Judicial Council Rulings

This blog is an update on what has been happening in the United Methodist Church regarding the issue of human sexuality. The first two parts are reports and then the third part is my ... READ MORE
Date Posted: May 14, 2019


by Steve May Today’s memo is another hymn story. This one takes place in Scotland in the mid-to-late 1800s.  It’s about about George Matheson who, at the age of 20, had what ... READ MORE
Date Posted: May 7, 2019


 One of my favorite hymns is also one of my favorite hymn stories, mainly because it’s almost a non-story. Many great hymns were written in response to a dramatic turning point in the ... READ MORE
Date Posted: April 30, 2019

All Shall Be Well

One of my favorite authors and theologians is Fr. Ron Rolheiser. He is ecumenical, yet serves as President of the Oblate Seminary in San Antonio. I was moved by Ron’s Easter reflection. I ... READ MORE