Kaleo Church San Diego Reader Review

sandiegoreader.jpgIt was bound to happen.  I spent a season as a columnist writing a weekly column called the Sheep & Goats for the San Diego Reader, which 'reviews' churches and other places of worship.  This last Sunday, Matthew Lickona came (the new columnist and much better writer than I ever was!) and reviewed Kaleo Church.  It could of gone a lot of ways, but Lickona focused on the experience one may have visiting Kaleo, particularly the sermon and the centrality of the gospel & grace:

But preaching the Gospel, he said, was essential and more important than telling stories and teasing out meanings and lessons. "The Gospel is news about what Jesus has done; it is not advice about how to live. Why? Because we are saved by grace. News is about something that is done; teaching is about something you do. If my role is to teach you about what to do, then what I'm saying is that you can be saved by following my teaching." Christianity, argued Fairchild, is unique among world religions in that it is not about following a teaching, but about believing in particular historical events concerning Jesus. "We're saved by grace, by something that's been done for you." If not, "that puts you on the hook: earn your own salvation. If Jesus Christ did not live, then we are in grave, grave trouble."

Full Article: Kaleo Church @ the San Diego Reader 

  • Micky

    April 6, 2007, 2:31 am

    About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

    Peace Be With You

  • Ed Soto

    September 23, 2008, 10:48 am


    This is my first post so allow me to make some introductory comments. First, I was radically saved about twenty years ago. Second, I am essentially an American Churchianity dropout who is desperately seeking an open format congregation where mutual edification is taking place. Third, I am enjoying this site immensely, particularly the “You Can‚Äôt Program the Gospel” article. Finally, I rejoice at your liberation, Micky.

    I would like to comment on the Lickona observation. The Gospel is indeed good news and evangelism is the proclaiming of that news. However, we cannot discount the ministry of teaching, which has to do with sanctification, not salvation. After all, Jesus commissioned his disciples to go and teach all nations to obey everything that He had commanded.

    So, if I HAD to create a dichotomy I would say evangelism is proclaiming what has been done while pastoring-teaching encourages people to walk a certain path in light of what has been done.

  • J. Spencer

    September 28, 2008, 8:33 am

    Hello Ed,
    Thank you for your comments. I left a very abusive church about 7 years ago. The recovery time- well God is the great Recoverer so the recovery has been on His timeline. What I can say is that through this all I have received a deeper understanding of God’s unconditional love, His faithfulness, His loving kindness, His gentleness. God is good.

    I have been looking for a church in San Diego. Maybe I need to wait for God to direct me on it more. I feel like I need to fulfill the directive, “forsaking not the assembling of yourselves together as the heathen do…” Yet, I have not found my home in any place yet. I’m just looking for a place to worship the Lord.

    I like your comments on teaching and I agree. Of His many roles, Christ was a teacher. As well, the Holy Spirit teaches how to worship God. The Gospel is about believing in historical events and in receiving revelation about these events. Because while the Gospel is about the past, it is very much about God’s intervention in our lives today- at this moment.
    Thank you Micky for your testimony.
    All Glory to God.

  • Ed Soto

    October 1, 2008, 9:56 am


    My best friend is a music minister in a denominational church. When I told him I was not consistently attending services he (and others) rebuked me with an annotated version of Hebrews 10:25, “forsake not the assembling together”. I pointed out that the entire verse reads, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

    Notice the two “one another”s. My point was, the reason why I stopped attending traditional church services is precisely for this reason. Traditional church services never permit people to stir one another up or to encourage one another. It is top down. It is passive. It is consumer oriented.

    Sometimes our greatest need is to meet the needs of others and traditional church does not offer much of that. So, while it is not wise to be isolated, I would not fall under condemnation. The Lord wants us to belong to a loving community and suspect that He is not all that impressed with formal church attendance.