• Gordan Runyan

    Contributing sermons since Aug 18, 2001
Gordan's church

Trucker's Christian Chapel Ministries
Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401
(505) 461-0269

About Gordan
  • Experience: 18 years of unending blue collar work! Starting in the US Navy’s Submarine Fleet. Saved in ’89. Ordained an elder in ’99. Left the apostate PC(USA)a couple of years ago. Exhorting my brethren from the Scriptures for six years.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Please forgive the rough edges. I’m speaking to truck drivers, after all. Being too polite could be counter-productive at times, not to mention hazardous. They can watch TBN if they want to hear nicer-than-Jesus preachers (and they don’t, by the way.)
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Dr. Smith (of Greenvilled Theological Seminary) did a humongous tape series on the Westminster Confession of Faith that still instructs me today, though it’s been a year since I listened to it. R.C. Sproul’s "Tape of the Month" is always great (ligonier ministries). Recently sermons by Douglas Wilson and Steve Schlissel are demanding more from me than I have, frankly.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: You go up to a soda machine. Only two choices are left. They are your favorite soft drink in the world and your least favorite soft drink ever, one that you can’t stand, some diet thing probably. Which do you choose? You choose what you love, of course. This is precisely how the fallen will is bound. It is bound by what we love and hate as sinners. We are free to choose righteousness, but we will not, because we detest it.
  • Family: Married to Joyce, 18 years, with three homeschooled daughters (10,8, and 3)
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Transcript of her thoughts during my preaching: "Hmmm...he really is losing his hair, isn’t he?....he wore those pants last Sunday...I wish he’d find something better to do with his hands while he’s that the baby’s diaper I least he’ll be ending soon--kickoff is only minutes away..."
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: I have a tie for Best Advice: 1. Don’t preach from a manuscript! and, 2. Make sure your fly is zipped. Most annoying question about my preaching: "Are you really sure you should be doing this?"
  • Books that have had an impact: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers... Ha, ha. Aren’t I a scream? But seriously, favorite authors are A.W. Tozer and Gary North. Highly recommend "The Bondage of the Will" by Martin Luther; Foxe’s Book of Martyrs impacted me greatly. I’ll never forget Green Eggs and Ham, either. Classic!
  • Hobbies: Eating. That’s about it. Well, I guess I should add diet and exercise, too. (Those last two "hobbies" are pretty much forced on me, though, and protested vehemently.) I do a little writing from time to time, as well.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: ...pretty much what I said the last time. Sure, I’d start with a different text and all that, but it’s really all the same. I figure when my listeners actually change as a result of what I’m saying, then I’ll move on to something else.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: You mean something more outrageous than the fact that it’s me up there preaching? Not much more ridiculous than that has happened. Or if it has, no one’s dared tell me about it.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Careful, this could happen to you
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  • An Antidote For Anxiety

    Contributed on Mar 23, 2003
    based on 56 ratings

    On the radio: "Anyone who doesn’t have high blood pressure these days simply isn’t paying attention." Oh, really?

    AN ANTIDOTE FOR ANXIETY Psalm 131 I heard a man suggest on the radio that, “Anyone who doesn’t have high blood pressure these days simply isn’t paying attention.” There is plenty to be anxious about in our world today. Nations nobody cared about five years ago are suddenly steering the more

  • Have A Very Gadarene Christmas

    Contributed on Nov 13, 2002
    based on 37 ratings

    The essentials of the Christmas story are present in the deliverance of the man who had the Legion.

    It’s been said that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” Now, that’s not always the case. Certainly, in a close relationship, like a marriage, intimate, loving familiarity becomes one of the “load-bearing walls.” It’s what keeps the structure standing upright. It’s what supports the weight and more

  • The Touch

    Contributed on Oct 24, 2002
    based on 193 ratings

    The willingness of our Lord to reach out and touch the lowest of the low in His grace.

    INTRODUCTION/STATEMENT OF THEME: There are two common answers among unbelievers to the Gospel message. One, they often think they are too good for it. They aren’t that bad. They’re certainly not as bad as some, and therefore, God will probably let them slide in on Judgment Day. On the other hand, more

  • The King Of Rejection

    Contributed on Aug 23, 2002
    based on 48 ratings

    With a nod to John Knox, this is about tyranny; what it is, why it is, how we escape it (including the tyranny of sin).

    Webster’s dictionary defines “tyranny” as arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power. We don’t use the word “tyranny” a lot in our own day. We don’t routinely hear people in positions over us referred to as tyrants. (They may in fact be tyrants, but we don’t use the word.) But the word more

  • Is That An Idol In Your Pocket?

    Contributed on Aug 20, 2002
    based on 41 ratings

    The danger of excessive riches, in luring us away from our God (with a little help from Balaam).

    Proverbs 30:7-9 [Note to preachers: This message, though gleaned from Proverbs 30, depends a lot on the spiritual lessons learned from the Balaam incident in Numbers.] Tell the story of Balaam (BAY-lum) - Asked by pagan king Balak to curse Israel - Wouldn’t do it. Then was offered money. more

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