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Terry Van Hook
Palmdale, Ca
Co-owner of Agapé Journeys Ministry
Interests: Supporting and Coaching pastors and local churches in Prayer, Small Groups and Effective Leadership along with Quiet Days, Retreats and Pilgrimages. Spirituality, sailing, golf, reading, personal growth, community action and the exploration of what God is all about. personal time includes: family, movies and naps. favorite movies: anything that makes me think. i.e. from "batman begins" to "the whale rider" to "the elephant man."
Recent Activity
The year 2020 will long be remembered for it's tectonic shift of attitudes and behaviors regarding race and racism. Major shifts are happening right now in the United States and perhaps the world. God's Holy Spirit is moving in every... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at e-Soundings
Here's some great ideas for different age groups. Be sure to talk about your faith as well. It's a critical part of making sense of the world and responding with God's unconditional love and graceful forgiveness. A quick, only have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2020 at e-Soundings
Hashtags are one word "tag lines" that reveal a special handle for web content. In this "Agapé Season" of our lives, Joanne and I have identified these four words as "words" to live by. They express the basic Christian outlook,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at e-Soundings
Each Easter brings with it an age old reminder that we’ve been here before, that death and sin swirl around us uncontrollably, that new life is real, Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at e-Soundings
We've all known that the last 50 years of religious participation in the U.S.A. has been in decline. That's been our common, discouraging experience. Local Churches and regions may have seen some localized growth, but over all the pattern has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2019 at e-Soundings
We are living in a "Gutenberg Moment"* that dwarfs other such moments by it’s breath-taking power to change life on earth. In the past, such moments end up disrupting everything. Nothing is the same. Everything before is changed. The digital... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at e-Soundings
Someone once said as long as there are tests there will be prayers in school. 😉 And the most authentic prayers are the ones said in the hearts and minds of each student. Here's a prayer to share with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at e-Soundings
As an army brat and in a family where my dad and three uncle's served in the military, (two of them career, one died in WWII,) I've supported the troops every chance I get. And my dad taught me that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at e-Soundings
Now is a true revolutionary time to proclaim the radical, transforming, heavenly, unconditional love of Jesus Christ, spoken and lived in ways that invites everyone to come home. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at e-Soundings
We're self-centered enough to think that if only we're good enough we'll be in love and with our loved ones forever. But we know deep down that no matter how hard we try, we're never really good enough. We all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at e-Soundings
Can we all agree that: 1) God loves everyone deeply and individually where they are. 2) The Holy Spirit challenges us all to become much more than where we started. 3) Everyone in the church - ALL sides in this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at e-Soundings
As a United Methodist pastor, I find myself deeply wounded and uncertain about the future of our regional and global church. Many of my close friends and colleagues are shattered. Harsh words have been said by and at people that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at e-Soundings
St. Valentine’s day is a cruel holiday. In the shadow of all the pink hearts and flying cupids are scores of people hiding their grief and heartache. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at e-Soundings
“Blurred Lines” would make a great theme song for the 2019 Special UMC General Conference in February. What we about to witness is a full throated, post-modern deconstruction of our United Methodist association. We are asked to choose between cutting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at e-Soundings
We've begun a "post-retirement" website:, that will be the hub of our future activities with all of you. We hope you visit it and find inspiring things to do for your soul and for your church community. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at e-Soundings
Early “METHODISTS” were laughed at because they had a “method” for being holy. While we don’t have “the” method, we have “a” method that has proven very valuable for the people called Methodists over the centuries. We have learned that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at e-Soundings
Flowers on corner of automobile terrorist attack in Charlottesville, VA. (Please note, this was written before the massive flooding, death and destruction that happened in Texas this week. Flowers at site of Charlottesville automobile terrorist attack. Please see next SOUNDINGS... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at e-Soundings
After church on Sunday (July 23), you may have noticed a group of people under our “Gathering Tree” in front of the Sanctuary. They were all ages and dressed in various ways: casual, shorts & sandals, work clothes and one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at e-Soundings
The answer is in another question: Will WE have faith? Children learn faith from their parents and the adults around them. If they see the adults they love praying, talking about God and God’s loving goodness, they soon learn that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at e-Soundings
We all know that our world is in great turmoil and change. The news is upsetting and people easily get riled up and angry with each other. Many are unhappy with their lives, with society around them and with what... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at e-Soundings
TRUST… is at an all-time low. In a Gallup poll* taken June 2016, the military is the most trusted institution in our nation with 73% of respondents affirming that it has a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at e-Soundings
This month our church will be specifically focused on “Discipleship.” Discipleship simply means “to follow Jesus.” The first Disciples were called from their jobs and from their homes to literally follow Jesus around. As the travelled around the Sea of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at e-Soundings
We’ve had a wonderful and blessed year! This is an exciting place to be… NEW MEMBERS IN 2016 This last year, we’ve had 20 people join our church fellowship. That’s twice the number that joined in 2015. They are: Burgess... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at e-Soundings
Baptism is a major area that divides the church. Many churches encourage Infant Baptism. Many other churches prefer Adult Baptism. Both sides of the Christian movement end up in the same place, an adult choice to follow Jesus that was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at e-Soundings
1 million new disciples of Jesus Christ in four years... 250,000 per year. Wow!!! Thank God!!!!! Last May over eight hundred delegates and countless other United Methodists from all over the world gathered in Portland, Oregon for the quadrennial (every... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at e-Soundings