Tag Archive | Worship

The Gift of Oddity

The Gift of Oddity

I invite you to open your heart and mind to what he has to say about our church (the Church of the Nazarene in particular), worship and the sacraments.

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 […]

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3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church

3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church

We all know the statistics that caution us we need to win our children for Christ while they are still young since the odds against their making a decision for Christ grows as they get older.  We all know someone (probably many someones) who verify this statistic. Fortunately, most of us also know at least one […]

Army Chaplain Kits

Army Chaplain Kits

(More on military chaplain kits can be found at The Chaplain Kit website) . Each chaplain is issued a chaplain kit when they complete their initial military training. Over the years they have been called by various names to include chaplain kits, field kits, field altars, etc., and have ranged from the very bulky and […]

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 […]

Top 10 Reasons Our Kids Leave Church

Most of us are concerned about our children.  We hope and pray as they grow up that they will stick with the faith we tried to instill in them as they grew up.  Much of this “education” we leave to the Church, however, which isn’t always successful in making our hopes and prayers come true […]

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 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 […]