About Marty Martin

Marty Martin graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and served as a rescue helicopter pilot in the US, Vietnam, and Greenland. Following the Air Force, he attended Covenant Theological Seminary . After graduating from seminary, he flew as an emergency medical helicopter pilot with Air Methods Corporation, eventually becoming Vice President for Operations. He continued in this role until being called as Executive Pastor at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church (CCPC) where he served for nearly thirteen years. In late 2004, on loan from CCPC, Marty left Denver for a two-year project as Food for the Hungry's Country Director in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2007 he returned to the church where he resumed his pastoral responsibilities while also serving as an FH board member. In May of 2008, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Colorado Christian University for his work in Congo. Marty joined FH’s staff in 2011 as one of four Global Executive Officers, specifically functioning as FH’s Chief Operating Officer. He is based in FH’s Phoenix Global Service Center. He and his wife, Rosemary, have three children and four grandchildren.
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The End of the World

Just saw the movie “Noah” last week. My brother-in-law observed, “Not bad if you’re into Biblical disaster flicks.” The acting and special effects were good; fidelity to the biblical text was not so good.  Nonetheless, the movie’s theme of new life coming out of death and destruction was faithful to the overall biblical message—and it […]

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Jesus is the Great “I AM”

When Moses first encountered God and was told to go and lead God’s people out of slavery, he asked God what he should say if the people asked who sent him.  God replied, “This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14). In John’s gospel, […]

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Filled with the Holy Spirit

We are told to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Embedded in this command is a metaphor. Unfortunately, many Christians today are uncomfortable with metaphor, thinking that if something is metaphorical, it is somehow not entirely truthful. Big mistake. Our point of reference for being filled with the Spirit is an actual physical […]

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Biblical Holism

Christians believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit: A Trinity. What practical value is there in knowing this? In the late 1960s a noted secular author and journalist, Arthur Koestler, coined the word “holon” which, like holism, comes from the Greek word “holos” meaning “whole.” A holon is simultaneously a whole and a […]

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The Gift of Life

This Christmas, we once again celebrate the gift of life in Christ. The Apostle John wrote, “In Him was life and the life was the light of all mankind.” (John 1:4, NIV) While serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) several years ago I saw, for the first time, a time lapse photograph […]

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The Holiness of God

You know a tree by its fruit. This is an often repeated biblical principle. In Galatians 5:22, Paul writes: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control …”  The “fruit of the Spirit” is the fruit of God. The character of God, the holiness of God, […]

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Responding to God’s Call

The recently deceased Christian author and teacher, Dallas Willard, made an important observation in his book, “The Divine Conspiracy.” He wrote, “God relates to space as we do to our body.” This is entirely scriptural. In Ephesians 4:6, Paul put it this way: “There is … one God and Father of all who is over […]

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True things about God and us

The Apostle Paul says three true things about God in Ephesians 4:6, “… there is one God and Father of all who is over all, through all and in all.” In big theological words, God is transcendent (over all), sovereign (acts through all) and immanent (in all).  He re-affirms this in Romans 11:36, “From Him […]

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Two models of reality: Which is your biblical worldview?

Ideally, every Christian has a concept of reality shaped by the Bible, a biblical worldview. However, the kind of worldview model a Christian adopts powerfully impacts that person’s understanding of who God is and what God is doing in the world today. There are two important, but different, worldview models adopted by many Christians today. […]

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Life: A seamless garment

The French philosopher, Voltaire, wrote: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Atrocities are atrocious, because they violate what the Declaration of Independence describes as the human right to life. We usually think of atrocities as acts of commission. They are bad things that people do to other people. The […]

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