Why don't we have altar calls? 5/25/14

Pastor Mike writes:

We have done alter calls in the past and we will probably do them in the future. I tend to use this only when I feel like the Holy Spirit is telling me to do it...READ MORE

What does Calvary Chapel believe about Baptism?  5/18/14

Pastor Mike Writes: 

We believe in the believer's baptism by full immersion in water. We baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, by the authority or name of Jesus. (Matt 28:19)  We believe that when someone is saved they are then commanded to be baptized as ...READ MORE

What does Calvary Chapel Believe about Tongues? 5/18/14

Pastor Mike writes: 

This is a very controversial topic in the Church today and I know many wonderful Christians on both sides of this argument. Calvary Chapel would not be considered a Pentecostal or Charismatic church. We would be considered by most a Bible Evangelical Church. In our services you will not hear people speaking in tongues (or dancing in the aisles. lol) You may see people singing and ... READ MORE

What's the difference between Mormonism and Christianity in a nutshell?

This is a great question but somewhat impossible to answer in a "nutshell" it would take a very big nutshell. Surprisingly, Mormonism is more different than Christianity than Hinduism is from Buddhism. This can be confusing because our Mormon friends tell us that they are "Christians too." Also they frequently use many of the same terms we use, but with very different definitions... READ MORE


“The beginning of time, according to our chronology, happened at the start of the evening preceding the 23rd day of October, 4004 BC.” Boldly asserts James Ussher in his famed history, The Annals of the World, published in 1658.  I don’t know if I would be that confident. For me the age of the earth is not a hill to die on, I know many Christians who believe the earth is young, about 6000 years old, and many others who believe the earth is 4.5 billion of years old. I don’t have a problem with people holding either viewpoint...READ MORE 


I told someone the other day God is jealous for us. The man looked at me, folded his arms and said with half a smile, “Yeah, I have a problem with that!” What would you say to that man?

If someone didn't believe God was a jealous God, I would assume that they didn't understand what “jealous” meant in that context. If you told someone they were jealous it would likely be taken as an insult to their character, so people have a hard time wrapping their minds around what that means.

I would explain God's jealousy is not envy, unlawful desire or covetousness, or any of the negative uses of the word “jealous.” Rather, when we speak of God’s jealousy we are referring to someone unlawfully taking something...READ MORE

Why do bad things happen to God's people? 

The answer to your question is in your question. It has been said, we don’t know the future, but we know the one who holds the future. It is difficult for us to know why God allows bad things to happen to His people, but we find rest in knowing that God has a purpose for all of it because He does love us. Romans 8:28...READ MORE

How does the Sabbath law or the Old Covenant translate into New Covenant Christianity?

This has been a struggle for many Christians over the centuries. It comes from our sincere desire to obey God and please Him. Some will say that the Catholic Church instituted the tradition of Christians worshipping on Sunday rather than Saturday. On one hand, it is true, that the "Catholic Church" did meet on Sunday...READ MORE

how does a christian stand up for themselves?

A woman in our church once found herself offended. She vented to her husband, “I am so mad at them. I guess I better make them a cake!” This is probably not the first thing I would have thought if I had been mistreated! As Christians one of the greatest challenges we face is Jesus’ command to love our enemies... READ MORE

 Years ago, my wife Shannon and I were at the District coffee house in Boise to hear a friend, Jeff Anderson, do a live worship set. Jeff enjoyed some success as a Christian artist, and we have always enjoyed his music. After his set he came over and joined us for some fellowship. I mentioned something about the diverse crowd at the coffee shop that was enjoying the music, a wide variety of Christians and no doubt some unbelievers were there. He said, “You know what I love about being a worship leader?”…READ MORE