Tag Archive | Holy Spirit

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 […]

Helping the Gospel Appeal to Everyone:  Reflections on True Story by James Choung

Helping the Gospel Appeal to Everyone: Reflections on True Story by James Choung

  Some of the primary concerns of young people today are care for the environment, relief for oppressed peoples, and the healing of other “systems” in their world that have been “damaged by evil” and are in need of restoration.  Being concerned, they often jump into the task of attempting to heal those systems without […]

She may be in Hell because of me . . .

She may be in Hell because of me . . .

Whenever I think of her, I nearly always see her looking at me through the blazing flames of Hell.  She isn’t saying anything but in her eyes I see her question, “Why didn’t you tell me?” While I was attending Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs Colorado, I had the opportunity to work as a […]

Reflections on “The Divine Embrace”

Reflections on “The Divine Embrace”

Major Themes If “The Divine Embrace” was to be summarized in one sentence, it would be:  “… spiritual life…is union with God fulfilled in a life of contemplation and participation in God’s vision for life in this world” (p. 16).  Dr. Webber goes back to this statement over and over as he explores spirituality in […]

The Mission of God for the People of God (A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21)

The Mission of God for the People of God (A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21)

(This is a message I preached at Lebanon, Missouri Church of the Nazarene on October 21, 2012.  A small portion of this message previously appeared in this blog as “What is Good News to the Poor,” though this is now the complete message.  I have tweaked it a bit for better reading and added a […]

The Day A Prayer Saved My Son’s Life

The Day A Prayer Saved My Son’s Life

Little did I know how close my son would come to dying that day.  I often wonder what my older children that have moved out are up to.  Like any parent, I worry about what messes they may get themselves into and how their lack of life experiences could allow pain to come into their […]

The Moving of the Holy Spirit in Worship

The Moving of the Holy Spirit in Worship

My family has been attending the Lebanon (MO) Church of the Nazarene for nearly 2 years now, since I was transferred to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  From the moment we first attended, we have found a warm welcome and now feel right at home with our new church family.  We are blessed by our new […]