Set Apart (Part 1)

What makes a Christian different from the rest of the world? This is a question that I have struggled with. My whole life I was told that Christians were different. We are set apart, the salt of the earth, and the light of the world. We are the disciples of Christ, and we are called to live


In Light of Love

The past couple of weeks have been filled with discussions of truth and love and how to balance the two. This article is the second part of a series exploring the idea of truth and love living together in beautiful harmony. The first part, “In Defense of Truth,” sought to understand the value of speaking


In Defense of Truth

I’ve been involved in many conversations recently about the importance of truth and love. The phrase that we frequently hear is that we need to “speak the truth in love” as a means of balancing honesty and care. Many times, though, it seems that we either fall so far on the side of truth that


Learning Empathy

I saw this quote on Holiness Today’s Facebook page last month. I loved this quote. It’s so true. Everything does change when you view others with empathy and compassion. Over the last decade, my views have changed a lot. Listening to other’s stories and hearing things from a different point of view has really helped shape


“Try Jesus. . .”

Two months ago, I would have issued this challenge to the average Christian, perhaps the legendary Joe Six-Pack, who, once a week, becomes Communion Wine Joe: If you’re going to call yourself a Christian, read the Bible, but don’t stop there. Read every theological text you can get your hands on. Don’t just peruse Joel



When my middle child was only 9 months old, he was labeled: “failure to thrive in childhood,” “delayed milestones,” and “laxity of the ligaments” Over the next two years, the list of labels just got longer. He has been poked and prodded, examined and evaluated. He has seen specialist after specialist. We are still nowhere near


It’s Not Easy Being a Moderate

“You’re wishy-washy. You can’t seem to make up your mind.” “You’re just a fence-sitter.” “You want to pick and choose the things that you believe in.” “If you are neither hot nor cold, you are lukewarm. And you know what Jesus said about people who are lukewarm…” “I only see things in black and white.


The Joy of Pride

A couple of weeks ago, a friend asked me, “What is the most important piece of advice you’ve ever received?” That’s a difficult question to answer because I’ve received a lot of great advice over the years. The first thing that came to mind, though, was a message about pride shared with me back in


Just So You Know, I Hate Labels

It would be unfair to the Nazarene church to say that I grew up a Nazarene. I was raised in a nominally Christian home where Jesus, the church, and the Bible were respected and held with a certain sort of reverence, but only at arm’s length. The Bible was not something that was whole-heartedly embraced


Moving Closer to the Center

In recent conversations, I have been reminded of a way of thinking that I first learned about in college: bounded sets versus centered sets. While this article explains it much better than I can, essentially bounded set thinking is concerned about belonging to a certain group. This group has shared values and a common ideology,