Wm Darius's church

The Glenburn Community Church
Glenburn, California 96028

About Wm Darius
  • Education: See above. Additionally, Bill’s experience in crisis intervention and bereavement support have led to work with a number of public agencies and educational institutions. Assuming success in the examination in November, 2007, he will add a Certificate of Thanatology (the study of death--thanatos in Greek) to his credentials in providing services to those who have experienced significant loss, grief and mourning.
  • Experience: Pastor with The Christian and Missionary Alliance for 16 years (in redevelopment and extension ministries, primarily), with the Evangelical Free Church of America for two years in a staff position with an extension work. Police Chaplain for six and one-half years, also City Council Chaplain, Prison Chaplain (two years as interim), and currently Chaplain and Counselor with Intermountain Hospice. Published in academic and professional publications as well as popular business and "spiritual/metaphysical" periodicals.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: "Don’t try these at home." Seriously, as a rural pastor intimately involved in the lives of our congregation and community, I get away with a few things here and there with regard to candor (sometimes a bit too plain-spokenly blunt to deny being intentionally brusque) and humor (sometimes abusing the sense of the ironic and absurd, crossing into sarcasm). I do not advise those answering to denominational masters to refer to their efforts to increase statistical success as a desire to put "bucks in the plate and butts in the pews," for example.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: #1 sermon to have an impact: "The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing" from The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer. Also influential have been: Haddon Robinson and Stuart Briscoe especially, sermons presented at C&MA General Councils. David Johnson, John Ng, Dick Taylor, Rich Taylor, Richard Wurmbrand, Elizabeth Eliot and Duane Adamson at C&MA District and Pastors’ Conferences. And Don McRreavy and Don Brust as highly respected and valued friends under whom I had the privilege to serve as a staff member.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: Dwight L. Moody’s Scottish Highland Sheep. E-mail me and I’ll tell it to you (along with how it precipitated the funniest moment in my twenty-plus years of preaching).
  • Family: The Myers family may not be the largest financial contributor to Simpson University, but per capita, it’s hard to imagine anyone surpassing our involvement. The Rev. Wm. Darius Myers (that’s "Bill" you, mister) is currently adding a master’s in counseling, and wife Shelly is re-enrolled to add another certification to her teaching credential. Since both of their bachelor’s degrees were from Simpson, and both children are enrolled there, it appears that by the end of the spring semester of 2010, the four of us will have seven degrees and/or credentials among us.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: As professing atheist and agnostic, they appreciate certain elements of the artistic/literary components and structure. If the Holy Spirit is using any of the occasional messages they hear to affect them, it would seem they are convinced that I should be the very last to know. (He DOES seem to be making some headway, though.)
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: In a recent unscientific poll, she responded: "Well-prepared, encouraging, thought-provoking, let’s see...what else have I said about them?" When he’s home from college, she races my son to see if they can fill in the blanks of my bulletin-insert sermon outlines before I actually say the words. There are usually at least two or three that end up crossed out and rewritten, so at least I’m not too predictable, even for them.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Richard C. (Dick) Taylor, Sr. on the nature of the calling and work of ministry (to a then-22 year old called into redevelopment ministry): "Love God. Love your people. The rest will work out." He was right. Regarding ministry in general and preaching specifically, Duane Adamson: "If you can convince God to let you do anything else, go for it. If this is what He’s called you to, though, it’s the greatest job in the world." (He also mentioned that it’s nearly criminal sometimes to be paid for the privilege of studying God’s word, praying through the work to be done, and lovingly discipling the people with whom He’s called you to serve. He, too, was right.)
  • Books that have had an impact: C.G. Finney, Leonard Ravenhill and Tozer are favorite authors. Finney’s Lectures on the Revival of Religion has had a lasting impact. Perhaps the most inspirational book recently has been Mark Boda’s commentary on Haggai and Zechariah (NIVAC) in bringing back a sense of hope for regaining the vision and promise once held throughout The Christian and Missionary Alliance, but largely relegated to overseas ministries while North America focuses on the prescriptions of Wagner, McGavran, and Schaller (once far too influential in my ministry), or attempts to template model church structures into dissimilar demographies.
  • Hobbies: Photography, music, writing (fiction), film.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: My final message? Never forget this: It is our trust in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that is necessary and sufficient to restore our broken relationship with our Creator, God, and to receive eternal life. Beyond that, it’s all simply a matter of asking Him daily, "What would Jesus have me do today?" See you when you get home.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Sunday evening service, Dragerton Community Church, East Carbon City, Utah where the 85+ car coal trains rumble up the mountain at about five miles per hour, shaking the sanctuary and causing chunks of the blown-on spackle-coat to drop from the original ceiling down onto the suspended tile ceiling beneath (kind of like being inside a kettle drum when it happens). The noise came from my right and the sight was convincingly that of an oncoming train’s headlight. Apparently, the years had not been kind to the mount on which one of the spotlights hung. It dropped straight down, until it reached the end of the electrical cable attached directly above me, swinging it right past me as I dove for cover. This is actually the second funniest. The surpassing moment deals with the illustration below.
  • What I want on my tombstone: "But I digress..."
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  • The Obscurity Of The Familiar

    Contributed on Apr 24, 2007

    Exegetical Paper on Malachi 3:6-12 - Encouraging a careful examination at scripture itself, especially in "well-known" passages where "everybody knows what that says." The context and connections of the passage only reinforce the content...but do we list

    The Obscurity of the Familiar: Content, Context and Connection in Malachi 3:6-12 Section One: Introduction Most North American Christians coming to Malachi 3:6-12 encounter the obscurity of the familiar. The panacea of Malachi 3:10 has been prescribed by more

  • "Hope” In Haggai And Zechariah: True, False, Postponed And Perilous

    Contributed on Apr 24, 2007
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    Theme Paper in Haggai-Zechariah, tracing the appropriate applications of hope, despite the difficult realities of our circumstances. An excellent theme for redevelopment pastors to consider.

    “Hope” in Haggai and Zechariah: True, False, Postponed and Perilous The Shawshank Redemption: Morgan Freeman tells fellow-inmate Tim Robbins, “Hope is a dangerous thing. Drive a man insane. It’s got no place here.” In a place like Yehud, with the Jews seeking to rebuild the temple more

  • Past, Presence And Future

    Contributed on Apr 24, 2007
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    An exegetical paper on John 14, encouraging a balanced view of experience and evidence in evaluating one’s walk with Christ, especially as it regards the work of the Holy Spirit.

    “Past Presence and Future: Jesus’ Assurances in the Face of His Disciples’ Anxieties in John 14” Introduction In this passage the two most familiar verses (14:6 and 14:12) have often obscured the context, the flow and the purpose of Jesus’ address to His disciples’ concerns. The more

  • "Upon Further Review..."

    Contributed on Apr 24, 2007
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    March 2007 Pastor’s Letter - Transformation often consumes the past in favor of the present reality of Christ; requiring us to allow the past to go peacefully to its rest.

    “Upon Further Review…” A consideration of less-than-instant replays. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 Prior to 1950, most motion more

  • It Should Be Simple To See

    Contributed on Apr 24, 2007

    Nov. 2006 Pastor’s Letter - Emphasizing the uniquely personal nature of vision, yet the absolute necessity of sharing yours with others (and vice versa).

    It Should Be Simple to See Focusing on a Congregational Vision Bright white clouds. As I write this they are moving very swiftly past the windows of The Glenburn Community Church. So swiftly that if I were to show you the one that looks a great deal like a crab’s claws at the moment (of more

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