I Don’t Know

In the Beginning I had a fantastic childhood, full of wonder and play dates and discovery. My mother decided to stay home with me shortly after my birth, and it was in her care that I discovered my two first loves: Jesus and learning. I came to faith through finger paints and felt boards and time


Friendship and Vengeance

The world is beautiful because I look at it, admirable because I admire it, deserving of respect because it is unaware of me and thus my love, yet still it smiles at me and all. It is well worthy of the love of Vengeance! Paul saw God in the beauty of the world, and he


Thy Kingdom Come

Earlier this month, I had the unique privilege to travel to Louisville, Kentucky, for the 2015 Nazarene Youth Conference. Along with four students from my youth group, we joined with nearly 7000 other Nazarene teens and adult sponsors for a denominational gathering that only happens once every four years. The theme for NYC2015 was “Thy


What’s Killing the Church?

A friend of mine posted an article on Facebook a few weeks ago called “Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America.” She made a comment about how the “anti-intellectualism, anti-theology, anti-reason movement” was also killing our church. I had to agree. Anti-intellectualism, anti-theology, anti-reason, anti-science – whatever you want to call it – it is killing our church!


Guns and the Kingdom of God

In the wake of last month’s shooting at at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the ever-constant debate of gun control has been stirred up once again. Since this horrific event happened in a house of worship, many Christians are speaking out and adding their voices to the conversation, wondering what could have been


What’s Love Got to do with It?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve more than likely been on the receiving end of a barrage of posts either condemning or glorifying the decision of the Supreme Court to redefine marriage. Facebook mini-feeds were full of statuses and shared news stories either lauding the decision or predicting that it would cause the


I can’t “love the sinner, hate the sin.”

I use to say, “love the sinner, hate the sin.” It made sense. I love people. I hate sin. I can love the sinner and hate their sin. Simple, right? Nope! I can’t say ‘I hate your sin’ when I have more than enough sin of my own to hate. I can’t say it. I


From Going to Being to Doing

Note from Shannon: This piece was written by Melissa Brussa, a dear friend of mine and fellow pastor in the Church of the Nazarene. She is the senior pastor at East Gadsden Church of the Nazarene in Gadsden, Alabama. She is married to Ed and has two cats. You can find out more about her on


A Nation After Christ

There are a lot of different ideas about whether the United States was founded as a Christian nation. Regardless of those ideas, though, the majority of Americans now say that the United States of today isn’t Christian nation. The question, then, is whether we should strive to establish the United States as a Christian nation