Holiness

What Does a “Healthy” Church Look Like?

What Does a “Healthy” Church Look Like?

Many churches today cannot be considered healthy because they have too many unhealthy members for the church to be considered “well.” Just about any church you go to, there is a mix of healthy and unhealthy members. To what proportion the healthy and unhealthy members exist in a church, to a large extent determines the health […]

To My Progressive Friends

Here’s a good “open letter” to “progressives” in the Church of the Nazarene, but applies to “progressive” Christians of any brand. It’s an honest but humble appeal. To My Progressive Friends A few days ago I received Rob Renfroe’s article “Three Requests of My Centrist Friends: An Open Letter.” Rev. Renfroe is the Pastor of […]

Christian Pacifism or Convenient Pacifism?

Christian Pacifism or Convenient Pacifism?

To announce that you’re a Christian Pacifist is essentially saying that you love my enemies more than you love me.

From Wilderness to Happiness

From Wilderness to Happiness

For the Christian Church, the Gospel reading for this past Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent, was Mark 1:9-15. In it, we see Jesus being baptized by John in the Jordan River inaugurating Jesus’ public ministry. I find a few things which are fascinating about this story. First, as Jesus was coming out of the […]

Spiritual Disciplines & John Wesley

Spiritual Disciplines & John Wesley

I’m not an expert on Spiritual Disciplines and have to admit that I don’t practice many of them for very long, though I have periods in my life when I go to some of them for spiritual growth, renewal or to get through difficult seasons of life. However, this is the second post in as many […]

A Quick Look at “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard J. Foster

A Quick Look at “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard J. Foster

I haven’t thought much about Celebration of Discipline for a number of years, though my library contains 4 copies of it. Mine were published in 1978 (1st edition), 1988 (Revised and Expanded), 1998 (20th Anniversary Edition), and 2002 (Deluxe Edition). I also have Richard J. Foster’s Study Guide for Celebration of Discipline. While I’ve never used the Study Guide for group study, the […]

All You Need is Love

The Beatles had a hit song in the 60s titled “All You Need is Love” (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney). The essential message of the song is that you cannot accomplish the impossible, described with phrases like “there’s nothing you can do that can’t be done” and “there’s nothing you can see that […]

What do “I” have to do with “them”?:  Iraq, ISIS & Me (and you)

What do “I” have to do with “them”?: Iraq, ISIS & Me (and you)

You can’t hardly turn on the news or pick up a newspaper without hearing or seeing some new atrocity perpetrated by the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS), sometimes called the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL)1. Like most Americans (and probably most people in the West) I look with horror at the reports […]

Is There a Future for “Holiness”?

Is There a Future for “Holiness”?

I remember the days when we heard alot about the “holiness movement.”  I’m not too young to remember when holiness was the major theme that was both promoted by the denomination of which I am a part as well as regularly preached from the pulpit.  I remember when “Holiness unto the Lord” was more than […]