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A Whisper, Stronger than the Storm

The world is spinning for me right now. So much has happened in the past couple of months that I don’t even know how to begin processing it all: In South Carolina, an African-American man was shot in the back multiple times by a police officer. After killing him, the officer planted evidence to corroborate a

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Transcendence and Decay

Small minds can no longer prosper. They must transcend, rid themselves of unjustified thoughts, or else they will decay. In order for small minds to transcend, this realization must be made: A person cannot be robbed if he is willing to let go of everything he holds dear. A person must cease to own or

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Why Inerrancy?

What is your view of the Bible and its authority? I believe the Holy Scriptures are the inspired words of God wherein God bears witness to Himself. The Scriptures were written by men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that while the men retained their own unique writing style, their words are divine

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The War is Coming!

“The war is coming – the war is here!” The men tighten their belts, the men sharpen their blades. Arm in arm and hand in hand, they form a group, united to stand. Their helmets glint bright, their breastplates pulled tight. “The war is coming – the war is here!” Hour upon hour they spend

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Faith

Why I’m a Nazarene, Part 4

This post is part four of a five-part series, “Why I’m a Nazarene”: Part 1: History and Background of the Church of the Nazarene Part 2: Equality in Ministry in the Church of the Nazarene Part 3: Scriptural Interpretation in the Church of the Nazarene If I was dreading to write my last post on Scriptural

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A Longing, An Inspiration

I need the inspiration of a long and tortured night. Fill my heart, my mind with visions of wonder, delight. I need the sultry velvet of dusk half-drawn To draw me into its light ‘fore it fades to dawn. Shall my heart leap within me at the mention of your name, When my heart, cold, alone,

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Faith

Yet Another Call to Transparency

In the midst of writing my series on Why I’m a Nazarene, I am at the same time greatly saddened and somewhat frustrated by my denomination. I love the Church of the Nazarene, but I am deeply distressed by recent events at two of our denominational universities — MidAmerica Nazarene University and Northwest Nazarene University.

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Why I’m a Nazarene, Part 3

This post is part three of a five-part series, “Why I’m a Nazarene”: Part 1: History and Background of the Church of the Nazarene Part 2: Equality in Ministry in the Church of the Nazarene I’ll admit it. This is the post in my “Why I’m a Nazarene” series that I have been dreading to

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The Slippery Slope of Denying Inerrancy

When I was a kid, my parents had this amazing blue recliner. It was the most comfortable seat in the house, and I loved it. The chair had some cosmetic flaws – it had a few tears and stains, and it squeaked a bit as you rocked. As my mother would say, the flaws “added

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Equality in Indiana

Author’s Note: I finished this piece earlier in the week, and already it is slightly out of date. Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which has stirred up so much controversy, has been amended, to a certain degree, to protect the civil rights of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. (You can read more