Lance Ralston

A rash of school shootings has people scratching their heads wondering why. Many locate the problem primarily in America’s love of guns. Each new campus tragedy becomes a rallying point in the call for gun-control legislation. Gun owners and Second Amendment advocates push back. The debate degenerates into name-calling and...

While Evangelical Progressives applaud recent cultural changes, those of the Conservative branch are concerned as traditional values are thrown over in favor of the Moral Revolution. What they need to remember is that this is the way it’s been since the beginning. In Genesis 2:17, God warned Adam and Eve if...

The world is again in the grip of yet another realization its ways are bankrupt. The sexual revolution of the 60’s has born more bitter fruit in the ever-growing sexual harassment scandals rocking one industry and institution after another. Like falling dominoes, leaders, athletes, and celebrities face career-ending accusations. In the...

The Thomas Fire recently roared to life in the hills near Santa Paula. High winds drove it relentlessly toward Ventura where it burned hundreds of homes, including three of our members and many friends. The faith of our members is a beauty to behold. All three families were in service...

Introduction In Part 1 we took a look at Meticulous or Hard Determinism and the way it casts God as a moral monster. In Part 2 we will consider a couple more troubling doctrines of Calvinism, then turn to consider a more Biblically consistent view of God’s sovereignty. Double-Predestination We ended Part 1...

Introduction This is an appeal to those attracted to a movement going by several titles, predominantly The Resurgence and Neo-Calvinism. The more traditional title is Reformed Theology. Its popular contemporary proponents are voices like RC Sproul, John Piper and James White. These and others have inspired a growing number of popular...

[What follows is an edited transcript of today’s (August 24, 2017) “the Briefing” with Al Mohler. Not much commentary is needed. Be aware of how far Statism has progressed in the United States.] CBS News //  Sacramento, California // “The Rocklin Academy school board is facing tough questions from parents concerned...

What goes around, comes around. What’s coming round now is a resurgent liberalism that aims to accommodate Christianity to contemporary society and the moral revolution that’s virtually swept Western Civilization into its camp. That moral revolution has its ideological roots in the Enlightenment but surged out of its hothouse of...

Once again controversy rages over a film. This time, a beloved children’s classic, Beauty & the Beast. Disney Studios live action film “updates” the tale with some, what they consider, socially-conscious editing by including a nod to a same-sex attraction for one of the characters. And many parents are now...

44 years ago, on Jan. 22, 1973, the US Supreme Court rendered the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion on demand in all 50 States. The companion case to Roe was Doe v. Bolton, which made abortion legal through all 3 trimesters; meaning a mother could drive to an abortion...

What follows is an excerpt from Newell's commentary on Romans. Enjoy . . . The Nature of Grace Grace is God acting freely, according to His own nature as Love; with no promises or obligations to fulfill; and acting of course, righteously ~ in view of the cross. Grace, therefore, is...

Organizations are notorious for producing Vision / Mission statements, then ignoring them. Many hours and much effort is expended producing them. But once the project is complete, they are printed up, encased behind glass in a nice frame, hung on a wall, and forgotten. We believe the Vision for CCO is...

[The following is drawn from ideas articulated in the article “The Dilemma of Theistic Determinism” by Gunther Juncker in the Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry, Fall 2015, Volume 12, Number 2] Theistic Determinism is technical verbiage for the idea prominent in Reformed Theology that God’s sovereignty is meticulous and controls...

Pastor Chuck Smith frequently referred to Ephesians 4 as a transformative passage for his ministry. He’d served for seventeen years as a pastor in a denomination where pastors were urged to be evangelists. After reading Ephesians 4:11-12, Chuck understood his role as a pastor needed to “equip the saints” which...

People come and people go. It’s a fact of church life. They come and go for a plethora of reasons. Some of those reasons are good, right, healthy; others, not so much. As a pastor it’s difficult seeing anyone “go” because it means a change in relationship. It’s likely you’re...

What follows is the text of the sermon given Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Calvary Chapel Oxnard by Pastor Lance Ralston What’s That Smell? • Genesis 34 As We Begin We’re looking at what can only be called a rough passage today. It’s not your usual Sunday morning fare. Now: Before we...

The following are thoughts composed on the day after the Nice, France terrorist attack on Bastille Day, July 14th, 2016. It behooves us to resist the axiom spoken by George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” As I listened to the news this morning, reporting the...

On Sunday, July 10, 2016, I gave a message based on Gen. 26:1-11 and Isaac's lying about his wife Rebekah, claiming she was his sister during their time living among the Philistines of Gerar. It's a virtual repeat of the behavior of his father Abraham. There is much to learn...

There’s a lot of talk in both the Evangelical church and increasingly in the secular business world about “servant leadership.” For many years at Calvary Chapel, Gayle Erwin has poignantly taught us the beauty of being servant-leaders. But I’m concerned not all have understood a crucial truth that’s disconnected them...

A January, 2014 article in The American Conservative described why some Millennials are leaving Evangelical churches to join more liturgical denominations like Anglican, Orthodox and Roman Catholicism.[1] It isn’t just church members making the switch; some pastors are as well. There’s something in what’s called “high church” formalism that appeals...