What Israel Teaches Us About the Idolatry of Security

In pursuit of national and personal security, Israel demanded Samuel anoint for them a human king so they could be like all the other nations. For a recent class, I wrote an essay on 1 Samuel 8:4-22, the story of when Israel approached the prophet Samuel to have him...
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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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What Israel Teaches Us About the Idolatry of Security

In pursuit of national and personal security, Israel demanded Samuel anoint for them a human king so they could be like all the other nations. For a recent class, I wrote an essay on 1 Samuel 8:4-22, the story of when Israel approached the prophet Samuel to have him...
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Guys, Gideon was a Coward

Several years ago, I was charged with the task of heading up and ensuring the smooth operation of a week of Vacation Bible School. For whatever reason, the person normally responsible for such nonsense (the smooth operating part) was not going to be able to do it that...
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Still Crusading

Between the years of 500 ᴄᴇ and 1250 ᴄᴇ, Christianity transitioned from being the state religion of the Roman Empire to being the assumed religion of the entire Western world. The power of the Church came to transcend government and culture to become the strongest tie...
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The Gospel According to the Scriptures

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul outlines his definition of the Gospel for the believers in Corinth. He reminds them “of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved.” This gospel, according to Paul, is “that Christ...
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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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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

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 the...

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...

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

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

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...

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