Freedom from Legalism

Freedom from Legalism

As 2016 turned into 2017, there were several blog posts floating around the internet that introduced the concept of picking a “word for the year.” As the “My One Word” website explains, you are to “Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in...
My Advent List

My Advent List

I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with my Amazon Wish List, especially during this time of year. I am constantly checking it, adding new things, and taking away items I no longer want. Did you know that you can even “rank” or prioritize the items you have on...
The Dangers of Experience

The Dangers of Experience

In the Church of the Nazarene, one of the greatest tools we have to evaluate and guide our faith is the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. Many different diagrams or variations of the Wesley Quad have been introduced over the years, but in its simplest form, it means that we...
“We Don’t Need No Modern Jesus”

“We Don’t Need No Modern Jesus”

There’s a song that I recently can’t seem to get out of my head: “Modern Jesus” by Portugal. The Man. This intriguing and catchy song has captured my interest and piqued my curiosity. In the music video for “Modern Jesus,” religious images of stained glass windows,...
Finding Truth in the Tension

Finding Truth in the Tension

One of the key elements of being a follower of Christ is the ability to embrace a little mystery: We believe that Jesus was both fully divine fully human. We believe in a Triune God — Three Beings in One. These primary tenets of the Christian faith don’t make...
Sexism and the Kingdom of God, Part 1

Sexism and the Kingdom of God, Part 1

Ever since I attended the Nazarene Youth Conference back in July, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Kingdom of God. I find myself especially longing for the Kingdom’s coming when I am confronted by issues such as xenophobia, racism, poverty, and sexism. I am eager...
We are a Global Church.

We are a Global Church.

I have been reminded the past few weeks that I am a part of a Global Church. Now, like me, this is probably something you’ve already known for awhile. The Body of Christ reaches every corner of the world: “In Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of...
My Journey from Mourning to Healing

My Journey from Mourning to Healing

Earlier this summer, I did something scary: I resigned my position as a youth pastor. I took a step back from pastoral ministry and I left the role for which I had been trained and educated over the course of seven years. As any pastor can tell you, their vocation is...

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