Kevin Batman

Thoughts about God’s economy  

Thoughts about God’s economy  

Global equity markets have recently experienced volatility. When this happens, people take note. Pondering the economic implications once again, two lessons I have learned, and their correlation with God’s truth, came to mind. Lesson ONE – There is always...
Front stage, backstage

Front stage, backstage

Editor’s note: Kansas District Superintendent Ed Rotz speaks below to the balance all Christians, especially those in leadership, seek. Nearly 2,000 pastors and spouses will attend The Gathering this week. Pray for all attendees— that the Holy Spirit would encourage,...
10 personal questions to start 2019 well

10 personal questions to start 2019 well

Reflection is good for the soul. Personal reflection is even better if you act on it. You may not be an “end of the year – take a two-day retreat in the mountains” kind of person. I’m not either. I can think through and process these questions in the time it would...
Wesley Seminary partners with Anglican Diocese of the Trinity 

Wesley Seminary partners with Anglican Diocese of the Trinity 

Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University has entered into a partnership with the Anglican Diocese of the Trinity (ADOTT). The partnership will give ADOTT students a $150 per credit hour discount and continue the mutually beneficial relationship between Wesley...
Wesleyans in the news: January 3

Wesleyans in the news: January 3

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. Wesleyans in Oklahoma partnering to serve immigrants Immigrant Connection of...
Remembered: January 3, 2019

Remembered: January 3, 2019

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received December 13 – January 2. Dr. Melvin “Mel” Shoemaker died December 17. He pastored churches in Indiana, New York and Oklahoma. (No URL was...
Transforming Greensboro through coffee

Transforming Greensboro through coffee

“We hope to use coffee as a way to create a presence in the heart of North Carolina’s third largest city and one of the largest college towns in the southeast United States,” said Pastor Spencer Loman, United City senior pastor. United City Greensboro (UCG), a...
Guided deconstruction

Guided deconstruction

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  The idea of deconstructing Western Christianity is old news for the people I grew up with in Atlantic Canada. I’ve sought these people out, old friends who have moved and live in various parts of Canada and the United States, many I...
What Christmas is all about

What Christmas is all about

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:1-3, 14a)....
Wesleyans in the news: December 13

Wesleyans in the news: December 13

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. OKWU students serve in community Read how students at Oklahoma Wesleyan...
In the fullness of time: it’s that time again

In the fullness of time: it’s that time again

Four hundred years ago. That’s how long it’s been since the first slaves were brought to America. In August 1619, “20 and odd” enslaved Africans were brought to the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia. “Four hundred years” turns my thoughts to Scripture. My...
Prophet or punk (pt. 2)

Prophet or punk (pt. 2)

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  DANCING AND WEEPING > GNASHING AND TWEETING What separates prophetic boldness from dogmatic shrillness? In my first post, I suggested that evangelical Christians have a problem that mirrors issues in the broader culture. In some...
Maintaining a holy life

Maintaining a holy life

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  Live a holy life? In the twenty-first century? Are you kidding?Yet, one New Testament writer said, “Without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14).We can readily see that God expected this from the ancient Israelites, as...
Ernie Johnson Jr. named IWU’s 2019 World Changer 

Ernie Johnson Jr. named IWU’s 2019 World Changer 

Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) has chosen Ernie Johnson Jr., one of sports’ most respected and loved personalities, as the 2019 inductee into the Society of World Changers. Johnson will be formally inducted into the IWU Society of World Changers during a...
Daily snapshot

Daily snapshot

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  If you’ve ever toured historic buildings or art museums then you’ve likely seen the sign: NO PHOTOS! That sign is just begging to be broken. How many of us can say we’ve never snuck our phones out to take a picture while the sign said...
What’s a church?

What’s a church?

Wesleyan leaders are pursuing creative missional work with the purpose of reaching those who are missing from Christ and his church. More and more are taking discipleship and multiplication seriously. New leaders, lay and clergy, have felt called to initiate and guide...
Wesleyan Higher Education arrives in the heartland

Wesleyan Higher Education arrives in the heartland

 A vision that began to evolve 100 years ago as Marion College laid a firm foundation for what would become Indiana Wesleyan University. Marion College had humble beginnings. When the Indiana Conference of The Wesleyan Methodist Church agreed in 1919 to purchase...
Multiplying leaders in a distracted world

Multiplying leaders in a distracted world

Nehemiah is a favorite historical leader. He mobilized a discouraged and disappointed people to achieve a perceived impossible goal. The perceived impossibility was the rebuilding of the wall that surrounded the city of Jerusalem. The wall lay in ruins. And there was...
Kalembo named Asbury Seminary distinguished alumnus

Kalembo named Asbury Seminary distinguished alumnus

Asbury Theological Seminary offers congratulations to Alfred Kalembo, recently chosen as the Seminary’s Distinguished Alumnus 2018. Kalembo, 57, was born in a remote village in Zambia to parents who were never able to attend school. He walked four miles, barefoot, to...
Wesleyans in the news: November 29

Wesleyans in the news: November 29

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. New York family grieving loss of young son on Thanksgiving Five-year-old...
Remembered: November 29, 2018

Remembered: November 29, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. Rev. Douglas Bacheller (85) died October 19. He pastored in Washington. Rev. Timothy “Tim” Satterfield (63) died November 28. He pastored in North Carolina. View...
Wesleyan minister named Nazarene college president

Wesleyan minister named Nazarene college president

Dr. Jack Connell, Central New York District of The Wesleyan Church ordained minister, has been named as the fourteenth president of the Christian liberal arts college, founded 118 years ago in Saratoga Springs, New York. The announcement was made by Dr. Russell Long,...