Questions About the Masculine God

One of my favorite classes in college was an intro-level course on rhetorical criticism. When I enrolled in it, I had no idea what the class was - I just knew that it was required for my degree - but by the end of the class, I had been deeply changed. The basic idea...
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Faith isn’t static – it’s a journey to be more aware of what it means to live for Christ, and one of the ways we do that is by learning from people with different perspectives than our own.

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Questions About the Masculine God

One of my favorite classes in college was an intro-level course on rhetorical criticism. When I enrolled in it, I had no idea what the class was - I just knew that it was required for my degree - but by the end of the class, I had been deeply changed. The basic idea...
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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...
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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 like...
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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 twisted...
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Stories and Poetry

The narrative channel is where we post stories and poetry to express truth in a different way.

Scripture to Me

Before As the sun rises each morning, so do I. Rays of the sun touch my face and open my eyes, and with the day’s sight my mind awakens. I lift the covers from my sleep and place my feet on the floor, no longer startled by the wooden, cold welcome. I have learned to...
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Three Flowers Out of Four

Feels good, feels right, feels ripe for destruction, The soil’s safe and fertile and all sorts of flowers may bloom, And to bloom, the blind dream of any seed, But some dreams should not come true, Three flowers out of four will be full of luster and life, but the...
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Falling on the Sword

Taking up his sword, just as the Master commanded, Nathan prepared for battle. Sharpening the blade, lifting the breastplate, cinching the belt, donning the helmet, he prepared for more than just the physical confrontation. As he cleared his mind, the Master’s...
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The Confrontation

Nate Simmons was a good guy, but we were bound to bump heads eventually.  He was a Christian, I was an atheist.  It was only a matter of time. We both were hired last spring at Kansas City International Airport to work the ramp for United Airlines.  As Nate had prior...
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Whispers of a Stronger Faith

In Whispers of a Stronger Faith: Stories of Faith and Discovery Randy Greene chronicles his story of wrestling with the fundamentalist Christian worldview in which he was raised. This short Kindle book was released in October 2016, and you can pick up a copy for just $0.99 as a Kindle book or for $5.99 in paperback.

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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?

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

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...

Emerging into a Community of Believers

I was in seventh grade and my family was leaving church one Sunday after the morning service. The guest preacher stood at the exit, shaking each person’s hand as they walked out of the church. I tried to sneak past without shaking his hand - I was an introvert and...

Skittles and Sheep

If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem. This was the message of a tweet posted by Donald Trump Jr. yesterday. He added a comment, saying, “Let’s end the politically correct...

Falling on the Sword

Taking up his sword, just as the Master commanded, Nathan prepared for battle. Sharpening the blade, lifting the breastplate, cinching the belt, donning the helmet, he prepared for more than just the physical confrontation. As he cleared his mind, the Master’s...

A Devotion on Spiritual Desertion

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose I will not, I will not desert to its foes; that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I'll never, no, never, no never forsake! The prospect of spiritual desertion is possibly the most frightening experience of the...

Winds of Change in the Church of the Nazarene

I have been attending predominantly Nazarene churches for about seven years now and officially been a member of the Church of the Nazarene for around six years. In that time, I’ve come to realize that there is a lot of tension between the right wing and the left wing...

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