Micah Kimball

“God helps those who help…”

“God helps those who help…”

We were building a whiteboard list of favorite Bible verses in a Sunday school class. One of my friends, a stoic and stern fellow, raised his hand and recited his favorite verse ponderously: “God helps those who help themselves.” After a bit of a pause, I asked him to...
Church rhythm and (ordinary) lyrics

Church rhythm and (ordinary) lyrics

Does your church have rhythm? Sure, it does! The question is not whether your church members can clap on beat but, rather, what rhythm of worship establishes itself among you. For many of us, this rhythm is recognized by the well-planned sermon series. These...
Where are the senior pastors who are women?

Where are the senior pastors who are women?

I had just finished preaching as the guest speaker at a church when a lady approached me and said, “That was amazing, you should be a pastor!” I made a joke about no church wanting to keep me around for more than a day, and the lady laughed. Deep down, I asked myself...
Love in the time of COVID

Love in the time of COVID

Thirteen people. Nineteen if you count the kids that piled into the nursery with their juice boxes and tablets. With hushed discomfort and wide eyes, we kissed their foreheads and then tried our best to stand at least a few feet apart in the lobby while we waited for...
A call during crisis

A call during crisis

A few weeks ago, I was on a call with Bishop Tendero, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance. He was discussing briefly what is happening around the world with COVID-19. His first words struck me, “In the Philippines, our mega churches have turned their...
Northwest District Next Gen leaders create sermon series

Northwest District Next Gen leaders create sermon series

Children and youth pastors across the U.S. have gotten creative in connecting with kids and teens in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Next Gen pastors in the Northwest District saw the need for helping foster those connections in a digital fashion and got to work....
Hope for Eeyore 

Hope for Eeyore 

Eeyore is the gray, gloomy donkey filled with sawdust in Winnie the Pooh stories. He is sensitive and intelligent but quiet and downcast most of the time. He is forever losing his tail. His favorite food is thistles, and his go-to phrase is, “Why bother?”  Eeyore...
A tribute to Donald Dayton  

A tribute to Donald Dayton  

Years ago, readers of the influential Christian Scholar’s Review were intrigued when an unexpected dialogue — actually, more like a debate — broke out in its pages. Someone was challenging the view of noted historian George Marsden, long accepted in scholarly circles,...
Drive-in funeral is a ministry first

Drive-in funeral is a ministry first

When someone from the community needed a funeral for a recently deceased family member in the midst of current COVID-19 restrictions, she approached Rev. George Larue of Faith Wesleyan Church in Salem, Virginia, for help. Larue has been hosting drive-in services on...
COVID-19: the great reset

COVID-19: the great reset

I was brushing my teeth in my apartment when I heard a knock at my door. My friend in unit 6B across the hall quickly explained that a plane had crashed into a building in New York City. I ran across the hall, and after a few minutes of watching the unfolding drama on...
A time to thrive in the shifting

A time to thrive in the shifting

On September 5, 1856, the Steamboat Arabia set out for a routine trip on the Missouri River. At Quindaro Bend, near the town of Parkville, Missouri, it hit a submerged sycamore tree snag. The snag ripped open the hull, which rapidly filled with water. The upper decks...
The bold, adventurous and risky gospel 

The bold, adventurous and risky gospel 

I have absolutely no track record as a political or social activist. It is not that I don’t have strong opinions, but they are complicated. They do not fit on a placard. Nor in a tweet. Furthermore, both by temperament and as an academic, I like to be understood. At...
Florida church launches amid pandemic

Florida church launches amid pandemic

The Florida District approved our launch for Table Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 11. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and our state was “locked down” just days later. But even with the lockdown, we felt the need to still launch our church, albeit in a...
Engaging in unexpected ministry on Easter Sunday

Engaging in unexpected ministry on Easter Sunday

Easter during a pandemic. They don’t prepare you for what you’re to do in a pandemic in seminary — particularly a pandemic at Easter. At any other time, I would be thinking about how to craft an interactive, all-age celebration of the resurrection at our church,...
Offering encouragement in poverty-stricken West Virginia town 

Offering encouragement in poverty-stricken West Virginia town 

As the detective put handcuffs on me and loaded me into his patrol car, he said, “Darrell, you are a piece of ____!” His words hit me hard as I was jailed with more than 20 felony charges: trafficking opiates, forgery, larceny by employee and obtaining property...
Two churches in same district destroyed by tornadoes 

Two churches in same district destroyed by tornadoes 

Following a string of devastating tornadoes across the Kentucky-Tennessee District, Salem Ridge Wesleyan Church (Brooksville, Kentucky) and Faith Community Wesleyan Church (Chattanooga, Tennessee) experienced near-total losses of their church buildings and belongings....
“Encountering” Christ at a church plant in Ohio

“Encountering” Christ at a church plant in Ohio

Encounter Church in Commercial Point, Ohio, is only one year old and already impacting its community, even in the midst of the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak. Located about 20 miles south of Columbus, Commercial Point is surrounded by an area that is experiencing great...
Wesleyans in the news: April 16 

Wesleyans in the news: April 16 

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org.  Woman plays piano in church destroyed by tornado Faith Community Wesleyan...
We are all the ministers

We are all the ministers

My parents tell me I was in church the week after I was born, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t missed being in a church building on a Sunday for three weeks straight ever in my 53 years on earth — until this March. Frankly, it’s a little unnerving. I know so many fellow...
Beloved educator remembered

Beloved educator remembered

I stood by Janet’s bedside and watched her slowly move towards heaven. I thought, “This cannot be.” I had begun to think of Janet as immortal. In 1992, Janet and her late husband, Duane, a professor of religion at Indiana Wesleyan University, purchased and ran a...