McLean Ministries - Clay & Mary McLean. Our vision is for the church to experience the fullness of Redemption through Christ in every phase of life.

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(This is a mere thumb nail sketch of the story of Bob and Rusty. For a complete story read BEING THE  BODY by Charles Colson and Ellen Vaughn. Thomas Nelson Publishers) Bob McAllister didn’t have to take time from his prestigious world to enter the other world which he had come to care for so […]

MY VERY IMPORTANT WORK (The ‘treasure box’ article)

I have a treasure box. I keep it in the ‘ministry archives’ (That is the over stuffed closet behind my desk.) It is not an object any thief would notice. There are no twinkling shiny things in it. There are lots of paper notes but not government issued- just love notes, and letters, and cards. […]

The Attack on Middle Earth

Amazon has begun to broadcast its twisted hijacked “woke” perversion of the works of Tolkien. The Rings of Power is supposed to be about the ages preceding the days of the war of the rings, but clearly it has nothing to do with Tolkien, and has little or nothing to do with the real Tolkien. What it […]


Then He began to upbraid the cities where most of his mighty works were done, because they did not repent…Matthew 11:20 We all want miracles, we just don’t want to need one. Needing miracles implies there is some trouble.  It is only when we need miracles that there begins to be a heart cry for divine help. […]

Prayer, Time, and Our Past

This is a transcript of a recorded Nightlight message which you can still access on the website archives (December 2019 #316) This written version is expanded but the audio version carries the same basic message. PRAYER, TIME, AND OUR PAST In My Hands When I was young the road ahead seemed like an endless highway I laughed […]

Forgiveness? Been there; done that. Really?

Forgiveness? Been there; done that. Really? Be careful not to allow it to become a mere passing religious phrase devoid of meaning. As evil becomes more exposed for what it truly is, and perpetrators of evil are identified, there will be an understandable response of righteous anger in us. Yet I believe it is a […]

What Marriage Should Be

The following letter was sent to the son and future daughter-in-law of someone close to me. It is offered here (with very few changes) for all men and women – married or single – to see clearer what marriage is really about. I know you know this. But let me write it anyway. Only the […]

Thoughts After a Tragic Fire

I wrote the following in a letter to my granddaughter the day after the Todd General Store burned: I can’t help but think of the many moments you and I had in the shadow of the Todd General Store that is now only a pile of dust and memory. How does something that has been […]

What I Know at Present

One of the most poignant impressions I have ever gotten in studying the history of war is the ever-present battle with information vs. misinformation. Misinformation that is purposefully sent out by the enemy vs. misinformation that is well-meant, but mistaken by our side. I have never been wholly convinced of Q, nor am I ready […]

Jesus Movies – Helpful or Hurtful?

I remember when I first saw a copy of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST film displayed on a shelf in a video store. It was between two titles extremely unworthy to be in the company of a film about the Son of God. But then I remembered that He died naked and bleeding between two thieves. The […]