Articles written by Kapp Johnson

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  • Perpetua and Felicity Christian martyrs

    Kapp Johnson, Retired pastor Seeley Lake|Mar 7, 2024

    Today, March 7, is the commemoration of two early Christian martyrs: Perpetua and Felicity. They were residents of Carthage in North Africa and died in 202 A.D. In that same year, the emperor Septimius Severus forbade conversions to Christianity. Perpetua, a noblewoman, Felicity an enslaved woman, and other companions were all catechumens (preparing for baptism in the Christian faith). They were imprisoned and sentenced to death. In prison they were baptized. Perpetua’s father, who was not a Christian, visited her in prison and begged her to l...

  • Looking to the birth of Christ

    Kapp Johnson, Retired Pastor in Seeley Lake|Dec 28, 2023

    Luke 2:17 And when they (the Shepherds) saw it (Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger), they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child (from the heavenly host). 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Mary and Joseph now have a three-day old baby boy. He came into the world in quite a fuss. The Birth announcements was not cute cards with the picture of the newborn and the new family with length and weight duly...

  • Traffic woes

    Kapp Johnson, Secretary of Double Arrow Landowners Association|Aug 17, 2023

    One does not need to live in a bustling urban area like Los Angeles to experience disruptive traffic these days. The work on Highway 83 at Salmon Lake, while anticipated, is changing the way we drive. Having lived in Los Angeles for 43 years, I had forgotten what normal traffic was like when I left the Treasure State at 23. My return “home” and negotiating Reserve Street in Missoula made me experience “déjà vu” all over again. My lifeline was not living in Missoula but returning to the “traffic free” confines of Seeley Lake. But I must admit...

  • We don't have all the answers

    Kapp Johnson, retired pastor|Jul 20, 2023

    3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 3:2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3:3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up; The Book of Ecclesiastes (ESV) No doubt you can sing the rest of the verses. Well, if you are a child of the 60’s like I was. The Byrds popularized the book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 with their hit Turn, Turn, Turn. The theme of the Book is “The Meaningless of Life.” 1:2 Vanity of va...

  • The Resurrection

    Kapp Johnson|Apr 27, 2023

    “When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’” John 20:19 My father entered into eternal life on April 4, 2010. My wife and I cared for him for two years in California because my family in Montana were not able to do so. He suffered dementia and neurological deterioration. We had a wonderful pattern for those two years. He didn’t know where he was or who I was but the three of...


    Kapp Johnson|Oct 27, 2022

    On Monday, Oct. 31, we will again celebrate Halloween. A western tradition that goes back to pre-Christian times. The pre-Christian celebration was celebrated Oct. 31 to Nov. 1. As was the Church’s tradition, when a previously pagan people became Christian, a Christian holiday was placed on a sacred date. Hence, Pope Gregory II designed Nov. 1 as a time to honor the Saints of the Church, particularly the martyrs and the faithfully departed. The evening before All Saints Day was know as All Hallows Eve (Oct. 31). Because the pagan celebration w...