CHRISTIAN PODCAST EPISODE #44
Sin City Las Vegas? We asked two pastors. Patrick Detken serves in ministry for Hope Church in Las Vegas NV and Mike Decker is the lead pastor at Palm Harvest in Costa Mesa, CA. Both pastors serve as police chaplains in their respective cities.
We can not take a day off from our faith, we don’t have that luxuryTweet
I’ve been here in Las Vegas for a little over 8 years, I’m a pastor of a city at a church called Hope Church, I’ve been in ministry, this is my 23rd year
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, what have you witnessed in terms of sin?
People are people… the same tensions that people carry here in Las Vegas.. are the same tensions they are carrying in Orange County
It’s been many years since that mass shooting (Las Vegas)… the law enforcement community, there is a loose-loose, they are stepping in, they are serving and yet there’s such a fear… the level of respect, the level of admiration is minimal if not gone-Patrick DetkenTweet
Within this culture everything is accessible, everything is permissible
People are looking to belong, they wanna be a part of something, they wanna sense that they are needed, that they are wanted, that they are seen. So much of what Vegas is catering to is this longing of significance.
Wherever God places you He purposes you-Patrick DetkenTweet
This is where the shooting was taking place… our cops are taking a beating… how has your role as chaplain and the tragedy on the strip… have you seen a ripple effect at the (police) department?
Where do yo see hope for the future of policing?
This environment (Las Vegas) has actually drawn us closer into a dependence on God because is so pervasive, we have to be clear on who we are and who our God is– Patrick DetkenTweet
Unfairness and injustice, what do those words mean to you?
From Blasphemous to Divine
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Patrick Detken serves at Hope Church