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: January 10, 2018

The Love that Moves the Universe (Vlog)

A Conversation with Pope Francis, Astronauts and Dante In this week’s vlog, Pastor Jeff reflects on an article he read in Sojourners magazine. Pope Francis called the International ... READ MORE
Date Posted: January 1, 2018

A Rule of Life for a New Year

Have you created a spiritual growth plan? We have growth plans for our physical health, financial wellbeing, and work goals but I want to encourage you to create what the early church called ... READ MORE
Date Posted: December 19, 2017

Taking the Risk to Trust

Ecclesiastes 10:8 says, “When you work in a quarry, stones might fall and crush you! When you chop wood, there is danger with each stroke of your ax! Such are the risks of life” (NLT). ... READ MORE
Date Posted: December 12, 2017

Word of the Week: Miracle

The Advent word for this week is miracle. I believe in miracles. I really do! With God’s help, I truly believe, all things are possible. Nothing frustrates me more than the attitude, “It ... READ MORE
Date Posted: December 5, 2017

Word of the Week: Tenacity

Tenacity This week’s word is tenacity. I like this definition of tenacity: tenacity (noun) perseverance. Tenacity is the quality of being determined to do something in spite of difficulties ... READ MORE
Date Posted: November 28, 2017


My  blog this week is centered on the Advent word for this week: gaze. I suggested this past Sunday during my sermon that to gaze is an important means of practicing what St. Matthew ... READ MORE
Date Posted: November 14, 2017

Church Shooting in Texas

Brian Ramsdale of KAKE News asked my thoughts about the church shooting in Texas. My first thought was, we are in solidarity with the people of Sutherland Springs and in particular the ... READ MORE
Date Posted: November 6, 2017

No Hate Crimes in My Backyard

This is a photo from the supposed and alleged arson that destroyed the Petra restaurant at 21st and Woodlawn. Ranya Taha, the proprietor, a native of Syria, has lived in the United States ... READ MORE
Date Posted: October 31, 2017

Martin Luther and All Saints’ Day

This week in St. Arbuck’s Chapel,  I will give you three dots, so to speak, and then I will connect them. Dot #1 – On October 31, we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin ... READ MORE
Date Posted: October 24, 2017

How I Pray for Chapel Hill

I “borrow” from the Eastern Orthodox tradition as I begin my morning prayers. Morning Prayers  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen Glory to you, O Lord, ... READ MORE