Rev. Dr. Wayne Chasney

Weekly Meditation

Pastor Wayne began his ministry at Monroeville in August, 1993, after graduating from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. Pastor Wayne has his Doctorate of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a focus on ministry in the small church.

In his spare time, Pastor Wayne loves running, reading and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings.

Pastor Wayne is married to Rev. Wendy Schindler-Chasney, pastor of St. John's UCC, Milan. They have two daughters.

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” (Mark 1:16-17)

    I cannot tell you how many times someone has come to me and shared a problem or a struggle and asked, "Is there a Bible verse that can help me? Just tell me where I can turn in the Bible for the answer."
    Sure. I can do that. Psalm 163 will tell you whether you should buy that house or not.
    And Ephesians 8 will help you get along with your children.
    Trouble with a neighbor? Nothing like Luke 25:1. Go ahead. Look it up. I'll wait.
    I just want to scream sometimes. The Bible is NOT a user manual for life with a section called "Troubleshooting" to turn to when you have problems like when you set up your new TV. God has not anticipated every trouble you will ever have and tucked away the answer all neat and tidy somewhere in the scriptures, if you just know where to look.
    It's natural for us to want answers. Questions are hard; they make us uncomfortable; they leave us unsure. Unfortunately, when it comes to life's deepest questions, simple and definite answers are hard to come by. I know that's not what people want to hear and I know that many have walked away from faith when it couldn't give them simple and definite answers. I also know there's no shortage of churches and church folk who peddle simple and definite answers. And, I've met a good many people who lost faith when those simple answers didn't hold up to the complexity of life.
     Don't miss out on the journey. Looking for simple and easy answers denies us the joy of self-discovery and the depth that comes with the struggle. Jesus didn't gather his disciples around him and give them a six-week course in "Everything You Need to Know to Be a Christian." He said, "Follow me." And then they went on a journey together, a journey filled with ups and downs and new discoveries and even more questions than answers.
    Don't give up just because there is no plain and simple answer. Keep searching. Keep pondering. Like Simon and Andrew, go ahead and follow Jesus. Embrace the journey. Maybe the answer really is in Luke 25, but it's up to you to write that chapter yourself.