God’s Chosen: Wrestling with God and Humanity

God’s Chosen: Wrestling with God and Humanity

Certain theological questions transcend time, maintaining their relevance across cultures and eras. Among those is the question of adequacy: Why does God choose me? As Christians, we often do not feel worthy of God’s call – the reality of our human failings seem...
Joy, Such Joy, Such Unpardonable Joy

Joy, Such Joy, Such Unpardonable Joy

“Listen:” Kurt Vonnegut writes in Timequake, “We are here on Earth to fart around. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.” Okay, so I have done my share of farting around–more farting around than I’d care to admit–and still I wake most mornings with guts...
An Evangelical Crossroads

An Evangelical Crossroads

Last week Donald Trump was inaugurated as the President of the United States of America. He rode to victory back in November on the backs of the 81% of white evangelicals voters who picked him to be our next president. While I understand that not all evangelicals...
As a Means of Expression

As a Means of Expression

Editor’s Note: This post deals with censorship regarding art and language. Because of the subject matter, it contains words that some in our audience may find uncomfortable. It’s amazing how censorship can make you hate the art that you love. I was listening to...
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...
On Impulse and Reason

On Impulse and Reason

In her recent post, “The Dangers of Experience,” Shannon Greene uses the Wesleyan Quadrilateral to criticize what she sees as a “heavy push” towards pentecostalism within her denomination, the Church of the Nazarene. For those who don’t know, the Wesleyan Quad is a...
Death and Life Before Christ

Death and Life Before Christ

One of the things I most value about this site is how it can be a platform for thoughtful dialogue between people with differing views. Last week, Justin shared his concern that Christianity necessarily means that those who lived before Christ are eternally damned....
And Before Christ?

And Before Christ?

One question about Christianity haunts me more than any other: what happened to the souls of the people who died before they had a chance to be saved through Christ? Let us assess the situation as succinctly as possible. We must assume here that the events as depicted...
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...

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