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Author Archive for Murray Hohns

H. Murray Hohns went home to be with Jesus on November 28, 2012. He was on staff at the largest church in Hawaii and served on his denomination's investment committee from 1999 until his death. Hohns held two degrees in Civil Engineering, an MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary, and served as an instructor at Foursquare's New Hope Christian College (formerly Pacific Rim Christian College) in Honolulu. He wrote six engineering books and hundreds of articles in every type of newspaper, magazine and journal.

Beyond Understanding

Beyond Understanding

Pastor Mur reminds us a little about what Heaven is like. Every once in a while I am asked to perform a funeral service. A funeral sermon typically includes three segments: a time to reminisce, a time to release and a time for resolution. My custom is to talk about heaven as I transition from […]

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Todd Rutkowski: Coming to Life

Todd Rutkowski: Coming to Life

Todd Michael Rutkowski, Coming to Life: The Journey to Identity, Passion and Purpose (Sisters, OR: VMI Publishers, 2004), 172 pages. Rutkowski subtitled his book “The Journey to Identity, Passion and Purpose.” It has eight chapters that are largely filled with pleasant anecdotal materials. We learn that Todd, a Canadian, was quite a hockey player in […]

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In Your Face

In Your Face

Reflecting on Pentecostal roots and obnoxious witnessing. When Grant Wacker’s Heaven Below was first published, I read it and had hoped to write a review of the book. Although this really is not a review of Wacker’s book, reading it did bring some things to my mind. Wacker had unquestionably researched our roots more deeply […]

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Randy Frazee, The Connecting Church

Randy Frazee, The Connecting Church

Randy Frazee, The Connecting Church: Beyond Small Groups to Authentic Community (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001), 245 pages. Frazee’s book started off with three forewords; one by Larry Crabb, George Gallup Jr. and Dallas Willard. Its back cover contained words of praise from Willard, Ken Blanchard, J. I. Packer, Marshall Shelly and John C. Maxwell. I […]

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The Ninth Decade of Life

The Ninth Decade of Life

Pastor Mur talks about finishing well and blessing the people you encounter no matter where you are in life. Once you pass your 80th birthday, opportunities disappear. Everyday logic says that you are too old for a new career in any field. Time is short. Health, a question. No one wants you, your best days […]

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It's Easter Morning and the Lord has risen

It’s Easter Morning and the Lord has risen

Easter is the centerpiece of the Christian Faith. It is the annual celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The proclamation of “He is risen” and its response “He is risen indeed” will keynote Easter services all over the world. The only reason I write these words is that resurrection. The […]

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A Hog in the Brickwork

A Hog in the Brickwork

  I remember the day Jimmy Mulligan called me all excited. Jimmy was my foreman when I rehabbed the exterior walls of the West Point Military Academy’s Hotel Thayer. Even though this call was 50 years ago, I still remember it. Jimmy shouted: “Murray, there’s a hog in the parapet”, and my imagination fed off […]

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Do You Ever Wonder Why Things You Want Don't Happen?  by H. Murray Hohns

Do You Ever Wonder Why Things You Want Don’t Happen? by H. Murray Hohns

Have you ever wondered why some things you have asked God for never seem to come to pass? The fall term at the local Bible College will start in a few days, and I will be teaching the second year core ministry course on Signs, Wonders and Revivals. The course covers some of the most […]

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John Stackhouse: Humble Apologetics

John Stackhouse: Humble Apologetics

John G. Stackhouse Jr., Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith Today (Oxford University Press, 2002), 280 pages, ISBN 9780195138078. I did it! I finally read this book from cover to cover. I had started it many times since it was sent to me to review, but I never finished it and finishing is what counts. It […]

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A Master's Touch

A Master’s Touch

Thirty years ago I had a friend named Bob who had grown up in New England, and then had gone to college at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland. While he was there he met a young woman named Liz who had grown up in Peabody, Massachusetts. They began to court each other as their […]

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Mike Kai, The Pound for Pound Principle and Douglas Kozub, Transparent Gratitude

Mike Kai, The Pound for Pound Principle and Douglas Kozub, Transparent Gratitude

Double book review: Mike Kai, The Pound for Pound Principle: Becoming All God Designed You To Be (Authentic Publishers, 2013), 192 pages, ISBN 9781780781006. Douglas Kozub, Transparent Gratitude (Available from Kozub@hawaii.rr.com) I need to share some background so that my two book reviews below can be read with understanding.  Both books were written by men […]

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A Keeper, by H. Murray Hohns

A Keeper, by H. Murray Hohns

A devotional exhortation for leaders from Pastor Mur. I was just about out the door the other day when I heard my wife ask, ‘Could you come in here and help me for a minute?’ I said, ‘Sure,’ and made a U-turn. I walked into the bedroom to find the bed in total disarray and […]

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Giving Thanks Turns Tragedy into Triumph

Giving Thanks Turns Tragedy into Triumph

by Pastor Mur Most of us have heard the scripture that states “God so loved the world…” This means that God loves each of us. God loves you no matter where you are or what the circumstances of life that you may face. I have a friend named Jack who is wheelchair bound. He broke […]

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Working for Others While in the Shadows, by Murray Hohns

Working for Others While in the Shadows, by Murray Hohns

My wife and I have recently been showering together, and I thought I would share what that has meant. I realize that at first glance such activity may not seem proper to mention in a theological journal, but it is. My story starts when I turned awkwardly to look at the new score board in […]

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