David Sanford

About David Sanford

David Sanford serves as a pastor at Spring Mountain Bible Church in Clackamas, Oregon, and on the leadership team at Corban University in Salem, Oregon. Among his many publishing credits, David is executive editor of Holy Bible: Mosaic, general editor of Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family, managing editor of the IVP Resonate series, co-author of How to Read Your Bible, and author of If God Disappears: 9 Faith Wreckers and What to Do About Them.

How to Respond and Pray in the Midst of Crises



Earlier this week a godly Christian friend of mine remarked, “Is it just me or is the world starting to spin out of control? It seems like all we’re doing is going from one major crisis to the next to the next. How are we supposed to catch our breath anymore?” How should we respond […]

Why I’m Not Afraid to Wrestle With Tough Questions



Do my questions have any bearing, any weight, on the core of orthodox Christianity? In my book, If God Disappears, I talk about my experiences traversing a massive and very steep glacier. It took 12 hours to carve out hand and foot holds to go up. It took 5 minutes of glissading to come back down. […]

15 Ways Pastors Can Hit the “Refresh” Button



Every pastor who still wants to be in the ministry five years from now needs to take a day or two off each quarter to hit the “refresh” button. The most valuable assets we have, after all, aren’t our offices, computers, books and other tangible resources. Instead, our greatest assets are intangible–our creative souls. By […]

7 Books For Pastors Who Want to Last


The Peacemaker

Every pastor who still wants to be in the ministry five years from now needs to carefully read seven books. All seven have been game-changers for me. 1. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by Arbinger Institute (Berrett-Koehler). This international mainstream best-seller applies what turns out to be the Golden Rule and a few other biblical principles to daily […]

Offering Hope Amidst the Terrible Aftermath in Japan


Japan Aftermath

Like most people, I still haven’t been able to comprehend the staggering toll from Japan’s worst disaster since World War II. Nuclear radiation leaks, rolling blackouts that continue to put hospital patients and others (especially the elderly) at risk, a critical lack of sanitary water, the long-term displacement of massive numbers of people, and extremely […]

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