Pastor Biography

Stan Mast

Stan Mast served as the Minister of Preaching at the LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. from 1990 until 2012, when he retired.  He graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1971 and has served four churches in the West and Midwest regions of the United States.  He also served a 3 year stint as Coordinator of Field Education at Calvin Seminary.  He has earned a BA degree from Calvin College and a Bachelor of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Calvin and a Doctor of Ministry from Denver Seminary.

He is happily married to Sharon, a special education teacher, and they have two sons and four grandchildren.  Stan is a voracious reader and works out regularly.  He also calls himself a car nut and an "avid, but average" golfer.

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Faith In The Face Of The Facts

Air Date: 11-29-2009

Bible Verse: Habakkuk 3:16-19

I wish that everyone cared as much as Habakkuk did. Today we witness so much suffering on TV and the movies that we become numb to it. In fact, we are so accustomed to the grim facts of life that some people actually think that TV reality shows full of …

God’s Final Answer

Air Date: 11-22-2009

Bible Verse: Habakkuk 3:1-15

Have you heard that famous story told originally by James Dobson about the teacher of the Sunday School class? She asked, "Boys and girls, what is brown and furry, and lives in trees and stores up nuts for the winter?" There was a long awkward silence, and then finally one …

In The End, Justice

Air Date: 11-15-2009

Bible Verse: Habakkuk 2:2-20

A Bible text like this kind of makes you cringe, doesn’t it? Do you ever wish that these kinds of things weren’t in the Bible, or at least that we wouldn’t read them in church where children will hear them or on the public airwaves where any skeptic can listen …

Coping With Missing Pieces

Air Date: 11-08-2009

Bible Verse: Habakkuk 1:12-2:1

The relatively obscure prophecy of Habakkuk is an intensely relevant dialogue between the puzzled prophet and his mysterious God about one of the central problems of human existence, namely the continued existence of injustice and the suffering it causes in a world ruled by a God who is allegedly just. …

And God Lets Them

Air Date: 11-01-2009

Bible Verse: Habakkuk 1:1-11

The title of this sermon is taken from that famous pre—Civil War anti—slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In that novel a poor slave named George Harris is bitterly numbering the woes afflicted on him and his fellow slaves by merciless slave—owners. Particularly, he laments the fact that no matter what …

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