Callie Kemmerer

Missing the Point

Missing the Point

And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it. (Matt. 23:22) In youth group, my friends and I tried our best to live lives that were pleasing to God. As teenagers this meant, for the most part, changing our language. We tried to...
Missing the Point

Missing the Point

And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it. (Matt. 23:22) In youth group, my friends and I tried our best to live lives that were pleasing to God. As teenagers this meant, for the most part, changing our language. We tried to...
Priority Shift

Priority Shift

You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? (Matt. 23:17) Around the time I started seriously attending church, we went to visit with my grandma. On this particular visit she wanted to attend her liturgical church. She...
Priority Shift

Priority Shift

You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? (Matt. 23:17) Around the time I started seriously attending church, we went to visit with my grandma. On this particular visit she wanted to attend her liturgical church. She...
When Worship Fades

When Worship Fades

Away with the noise of your songs! (Amos 5:23) People have told me that I am the person they want to be sitting next to during a worship set. On one hand that fills me with such a sense of humility. God gave me my voice in the first place so I want to give him my very...
Rule Maker

Rule Maker

I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. (Amos 5:21) When Ethan and I were little, we used to have competitions all the time—anything from racing to the car, board games, or seeing who could jump the highest on the trampoline....
Salvation in the Present Tense

Salvation in the Present Tense

We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago. (Ps. 44:1) My favorite football team won the coveted Super Bowl a few years ago. They had a couple good years after that, but then came a miserable season...
HE CAME TO ME TOO

HE CAME TO ME TOO

And last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. (1 Cor. 15:8) The post-resurrection appearances of Jesus certainly proved he was alive. One sighting could have been explained away as a delusion or post-traumatic hysteria, but he appeared numerous...
Working with the End in Mind

Working with the End in Mind

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. (2 Tim. 1:9) I took an oil painting class in college. The first assignment was to take an empty canvas and without any predetermined picture in...
The Gift of Today

The Gift of Today

God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” (Heb. 4:7) Between the past that cannot be undone and the future that may not be, lies today—the only real time over which we have any control. What a wonderful gift today is. Today we have opportunity to make choices...
Only One Way

Only One Way

You are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel. (Gal. 1:6) No one wants to be called a bigot or have it said that you are intolerant, but that is the charge current culture levels against...
Coming Home

Coming Home

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. (Rom. 3:25) I watched as the young mother and small children waited excitedly and nervously at the airport. The passengers began exiting the plane and then the...
As Guilty as Sin

As Guilty as Sin

But whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:18) Sometimes guilt shows up all over the offender. If you walk into your living room and find your sofa pillow in shreds, the stuffing...
Stand Out

Stand Out

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white. (Rev. 3:4)  The cover of the book matters. What we take in with our eyes impacts what we choose to do with a book. Some of us see an old, worn, and...
Misunderstanding Holiness

Misunderstanding Holiness

Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy. (Ex. 19:23) “My God, my God, why have you mistaken me?” According to my student, that’s what Jesus said from the cross. In reality, of course, it was the student who was mistaken (and not for the first time)! As...
Christmas presence

Christmas presence

The warm glow of Christmas lights fills the room. Candles flicker on the cake. We break out in song. “Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you Happy birthday, dear Jesus Happy birthday to you!” It has been our family tradition every Christmas day, since our...
Top 10 social media posts of 2019

Top 10 social media posts of 2019

Reflecting on the past year, we collected the top 10 social media posts from The Wesleyan Church: 1. Sri Lanka: Call to Prayer On Easter Sunday morning, the Sri Lankan church was attacked. The Church asked us to pray that in the midst of darkness, Christ would shine....
Mid-sized church packs an out-sized punch

Mid-sized church packs an out-sized punch

If you pass through Easley, South Carolina, you are not likely to turn onto Rice Road at the old Alice textile mill, with its row upon row of modest family housing. So, if you pass by United Wesleyan Church (UWC), you’re probably lost. But here we are, a mid-sized...
Whatever Happened to Theology?

Whatever Happened to Theology?

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Tim. 1:17) “Why do I have to study theology?” a seminary student complained. “It’s not like I’m going to use it in my ministry.” He wasn’t kidding. Theology is...
Lesson #1: Accountability

Lesson #1: Accountability

In 40 years of ministry, I have been blessed by an accountability relationship for the past 34+ years with Paul Anthes. Paul is a devoted disciple of Jesus who lives out his calling in the marketplace with every bit of the intentionality and intensity as I live out my...