Pastor John Merritt

A modern~day adventurer trapped in a pastor's body


Junkyard Roots

Junkyard Roots


Posted By on Sep 28, 2016 |

Whenever someone writes or speaks on a subject I always want to know what their roots are—where they came from and what their life experiences have been. If someone is writing about the complex issue of poverty, for example, I wonder if he/she has ever truly been poor and has experienced what it means to scratch out a living. Or if someone is speaking on the influences of wealth (positive or negative) I wonder if he/she has ever truly struggled with this via personal experience.

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Another 2000 Mile Road Trip

Another 2000 Mile Road Trip


Posted By on May 20, 2016 |

Earlier this month my wife did something that she has learned not to do except in rare situations—follow me. In this case she really had no choice as she was driving our car while following the rental truck I was driving full of our stuff. The journey from Livermore to Minneapolis via Hwy 80 is about 2000 miles, and if you like tumbleweed and corn fields I recommend you drive it sometime.

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It Only Took 19 Years!

It Only Took 19 Years!


Posted By on Apr 28, 2016 | 2 comments

In the parable of the 4 soils, Jesus speaks of the seed that lands on good soil and yields a crop 100 times more than what was planted (Luke 8:8). In 1997 CrossWinds Church bought 25 acres of soil visible from the 580 where we planted our “crop” of prayers, visions and dreams. We envisioned building a church on that field that would yield a good crop characterized by lives forever changed by Jesus.

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24-7 Inebriation

24-7 Inebriation


Posted By on Apr 8, 2016 | 2 comments

The message I’ll be giving at CrossWinds Church this Sunday is titled 24-7 Inebriation. No, I will not be advocating drunkenness! But I will be talking about how to drink in more of Jesus’ life so that we become more inebriated with him—and so affecting how we walk, talk, act and carry on (much like alcohol does).

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