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Steve Ranney, Pastor

 

Not Everything that Counts can be Counted and

Not Everything that can be Counted, Counts.

Albert Einstein

 

This is an incredibly profound statement for a genius whose greatest contributions to our world involved trying to quantify and explain some of the mysteries of the universe with numbers.  This is one of the signs of his genius in that he recognized that there are things that God values that are often counter to what the world around us values.  For example, our world values the acquisition of power and status, yet God sent His Son to a young couple with none of that.  Instead of being born in a palace and given the best of everything, the Son of God was born in a stable and given a bed of straw in a trough where animals dined.  The Son of God grew up in obscurity, only gathering a following after He turned thirty. The Son of God often tried not to draw attention to Himself, instructing people He had healed to not tell anyone that He had done it.  In fact it was not until The Son of God was preparing to return to heaven that He instructed His disciples to tell His story.  Throughout His life on Earth, The Son of God made it clear that He was not seeking adulation from the men and women around Him.  What He was concerned about was what God thought of His choices and life.  All of that runs counter to the way our world says we need to operate.

 

As we enter this new year, I invite us to stop and take a look at the “why” of our lives.  Why do I make the choices I make?  Why do I place value on the things I hold precious?  Why do I choose the lifestyle I live?  Why do I ...?  As we take an inventory of our lives, let us then ask from whom we are seeking praise.  If we are to follow The Son of God, He would invite us to live each day in such a way as to earn praise from God.  If we do, then we will be living lives full of what really counts.

 


 

Meet Steve Ranney

 

As we welcome our new Pastor, Steve Ranney, here is a little information to help us get to know him better:

 

  • Married to Kim Skilling who is a graduate of Princeton Seminary, is celebrating over 30 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and is now the Designated Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Anaheim

  • Two sons and a daughter and two grandchildren.

  • B.A. in Ministry from Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota.

  • Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary.

  • Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Seminary.

  • Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1991.

  • Associate Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church of Centennial, Colorado, 1991–2006.

  • Pastor/Head of Staff of St. Mark Presbyterian Church of Ballwin, Missouri, 2006–2015.

  • Steve seeks to lead both by example and by challenging people to use the gifts that God has given them for the building up of the body of Christ.  Thus, Steve's main focus is helping each person grow up in their relationship with God so that God will be able to bless others through them.

 

 

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