Tanner Gish

Tanner Gish

Tanner is a graduate of Biola University (B.A.; B.S.) and Talbot School of Theology (M.A.) and he currently resides in Whittier, CA, serving his community as an assistant branch manager at a commercial bank.
  • Humor and It’s Puzzle with Politics

    Many of us may be familiar with the presidential impersonations of Steve  Bridges  (George W Bush) and Barack Obama (Reggie Brown), and have probably shared a good laugh at the uncanny likeness with which comedians of today are able to dissect our nation’s chief of state.   Perhaps more...
  • The Christian and Comedy- Part 2

    Two weeks ago, in our discussion of humor, we determined that the dictionary resources identify surprise or outrageous “over-the-top” situations as the underlying aspect of what makes something humorous. However, there is another branch of comedy, called observational comedy, that earns our snickers by operating on the axiom- “it’s...
  • Comedy and the Christian (Part 1)

    Any critic of Christians and culture always has his or her pickings of what element within our culture one wants to target as a great threat to the development and purity of the Christian soul. Although I might be wrong to say “friends, here is our greatest threat,” I...
  • New-Age, Old Enemies, Same Mission

    “I am aware of a bright light. It’s wonderful you get energy from this light.” She was resting, after death, in between life-times. Minutes passed in silence. Suddenly she spoke, but not in the slow whisper she had always used previously. Her voice was now husky and loud, without...
  • May the Lord…

    Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you...
  • “Conference” Call

    Just a  few weeks ago, I came home from what has been a mentally and spiritually emptying season of work. The last month had been one of those seasons filled with “pound-your-head-against-the-wall” experiences, the struggle of dealing with apathy amongst your team, and numerous examples where the harder you...
  • Concerted Christ Concentration

    Stars are pretty cool. If you have ever laid out under a dark night sky to see the vibrant tapestry of the galaxy above you, you might understand how it could become someone’s captivation, one’s  ambition. Such was the case for Percival Lowell. You may have heard of him....
  • An Invitation to Excite Your Biblical Imagination

    Your hand th-waps your night stand, grasping for your mobile device to swipe and to silence the iPhone marimba alarm tone. Once the disturbance to your sleep is silenced, you pause, process a death and slow breath, and liberate yourself from the tomb of your bedsheets. Perhaps you slip...
  • Let Christmas Continue

    It’s been 27 days since most American’s have begun the bell curve that is participation in Christmastide, and the participation in Advent, for those who chose to devotionally and/or liturgically relive the anticipation of the coming of Messiah. Yet now, the gift wrap is all torn asunder, and presents...
  • Advent: The Good News of Barrenness

    How preposterous a thought it is that in the often barren, frigid, and life-drained months of winter that we celebrate the birth of new life of Jesus, the God-Man. The church’s celebration of the resurrection seems to get it right- the rising from death to the glory of new...
  • What Violent Passion Tells us about our Compass of Worship

    This last Saturday, fans of the phenomenon that is College Football had a spectacular, history making event to enjoy. I’m sorry if this introduction doesn’t capture the attention of the other 6.7 billion people around the globe who don’t follow American football, but in summary: a 109 short field...
  • UNBIBLICAL!?

    Those of you who clicked this post after seeing the picture might think it’s a blog about the NFL’s quarterback protection policies, and my take on a biblical perspective on the matter. Well, not really. If you are curious about my opinion, I’ll summarize it with this: I can...
  • Gravitating to Purpose

    Normally at this time of year, I’m plugging my ears to the conversations of my friends, as they pick at and detail all their favorite details of this year’s horror films (I’ll just saw I’m glad that the Saw series isn’t continuing on the way The Land Before Time...
  • California Prisons

    Generous Judgment?

    You don’t have to live in California, or even America, to hear about the outcries and the tensions behind the incredible prison overcrowding in this state. It is one of the many problems (although the list of California’s major problems is probably long enough to be a substantially long...
  • Parental Advisory: What is your Child Learning in Sunday School?

    “Hey Tanner, remind me of the ministry opportunities you have at your church again?” asked Andrew, who followed up his question with his warm, yet focused and expectant stare through his thin framed glasses. “Oh, well, the primary help I try to provide is in organizing and planning different...