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Prophet or punk?

Prophet or punk?

“I can testify about them,” wrote the apostle Paul regarding much of Christian Twitter, “that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge” (Rom 10:2). While I have admittedly mangled the techno-context of Paul’s letter to the Romans, the verse...
Mejor juntos: el ministerio de Rodrigo Azofeifa

Mejor juntos: el ministerio de Rodrigo Azofeifa

La imagen en Apocalipsis 7: 9 de una gran multitud de todas las naciones, tribus y personas inspira la pasión del reverendo Rodrigo Azofeifa por la adoración inclusiva. Azofeifa es un padre, esposo, maestro y pastor de Real Connection Church, una iglesia wesleyana...
Better together: Rodrigo Azofeifa’s ministry

Better together: Rodrigo Azofeifa’s ministry

The image in Revelation 7:9 of a great multitude from every nation, tribe and people inspires Rev. Rodrigo Azofeifa’s passion for inclusive worship. Azofeifa is a father, husband, teacher and head pastor at Real Connection Church, a Wesleyan church formed from two...
Baptism: A Mark of Discipleship Webinar

Baptism: A Mark of Discipleship Webinar

Baptism: A Mark of Discipleship Webinar In the early days of the church baptism was a declaration that a believer was identifying themselves with a group of despised people called Christians. But what place does baptism hold in our modern discipleship process? Posted...
For you, I give thanks.

For you, I give thanks.

Download this video: https://resources.wesleyan.org/thanksgiving18 Join the Mission House Army of Love: https://wesleyan.life/mission-house Find your place in the messy, beautiful MOSAIC: https://wesleyan.life/mosaic Become a storyteller:...
What Eugene Peterson taught me

What Eugene Peterson taught me

Eugene H. Peterson died October 23, 2018, at age 85. While he is best known for The Message, he was also a prolific author on Christian spiritual formation and pastoral work. I have read 26 books by Peterson, and his writings have profoundly influenced my life and my...
How the Bible came alive for me

How the Bible came alive for me

It wasn’t when I stood on Mount Nebo, where Moses stood to look at the Promised Land, that the Bible came alive for me. From Dan to Gilead, we could see the vast plains, the Dead Sea, the opportunities for vegetation and surrounding mountains. It was breathtaking to...
Mentoring across the gender gap for the sake of mission

Mentoring across the gender gap for the sake of mission

I have a friend who, somewhat unexpectedly, found herself as the senior pastor of a large, growing church. During her first year, having never been a lead pastor before, she knew she needed help navigating the exciting (and sometimes not so exciting) challenges of...
Thrive in 5: Physical

Thrive in 5: Physical

Everyone who is interested in living a healthy lifestyle requires physical activity. Regular exercise should include three basic categories: cardio, resistance (weight training) and flexibility. When these activities are implemented into a regular lifestyle routine...
Little red dots

Little red dots

I’m beginning to wonder if I have adult onset of ADD — attention deficit disorder. My vulnerability to distraction seems to increase substantially. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve been working on the laptop and need to find a document or double check an...
The kingdom revealed through the Sermon on the Mount

The kingdom revealed through the Sermon on the Mount

The Kingdom Revealed: A Devotional Study on the Sermon on the Mount is focused on the message Jesus taught recorded in Matthew 5–7; the kingdom is not something far off, but a depiction of the Christian life — a life of holiness — in the present. “No matter how long...
Thrive In 5:  Spiritual

Thrive In 5: Spiritual

Thrive in 5 – Spiritual   Christianity strongly affirms the glorious truth that the Christian God is a triune God. What we believe about this triune God will fundamentally affect how we relate to him and how we live out our Christian lives. Linda Gist (see below), who...
CMAD Webinar: Missional Discipleship

CMAD Webinar: Missional Discipleship

Missional Discipleship with Matt LeRoy Let's talk about how discipleship, mission, and community connection with Love Chapel Hill's Matt LeRoy. Posted by The Wesleyan Church on Friday, October 12,...
I didn’t expect this

I didn’t expect this

When God called me to lead a church plant in a poverty stricken, urban part of our community, I was eager to be a part of an intentionally multiethnic church. But I didn’t realize the extent of the ethnic diversity in our city: about 180 different languages spoken in...
A dark place and a big God

A dark place and a big God

One of my oldest friends, Mike, recently lost his 25-year-old son. Mike was my very first best friend. We went to swimming lessons together, played superheroes together, went to “Herbie the Love Bug” movies together and for much of our young lives went to church...
CMAD Webinar: Lifelong Discipleship

CMAD Webinar: Lifelong Discipleship

Lifelong Discipleship Webinar What does it look like to have lifelong discipleship? Join us here on Facebook Live as we talk about it with Megan Cusumano, Assistant Pastor at North Park Wesleyan Church and Eric Mills, National Pastoral Director of Orphan Sunday &...
Moving when God speaks

Moving when God speaks

It is so frustrating to speak and have no one move! Typically, my children respond by yelling “we hear you mom” while comfortably sitting carrying on with whatever they were doing. Hearing without action is incomplete. My response to God is usually incomplete when his...
Becoming less

Becoming less

“He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). As I was pondering the above statement from John the Baptist, it brought back a memory of a day when God used one of my sons to humble me just a bit and remind me of who is important and who isn’t. I was...
Thrive In 5:  Relational

Thrive In 5: Relational

  What is a secret to strong relationships? In his book “The Relationship Cure,” relational researcher, John Gottman, suggests that we should be on the lookout for “bids for connection” and turn toward these bids whenever we can. What is a bid for connection? A bid...
She said, he said: handing the mic to pastors’ spouses

She said, he said: handing the mic to pastors’ spouses

While pastors’ spouses are as much in the spotlight as their partners, they’re less often handed a live microphone and an empty stage. We wanted to find out what pastor’s spouses – both pastors’ husbands and pastors’ wives – had to say about life in a...
Banding together your disciple makers

Banding together your disciple makers

A discipleship group is not new. John Wesley and the early Methodist movement had a tight-knit system of societies (large group gatherings), classes (small group gatherings of 8–15) and bands (intimate groups of 3–5). What Jon Wiest is inviting people into through his...
CMAD Webinar: Community Discipleship

CMAD Webinar: Community Discipleship

Community Discipleship Webinar We’re excited to speak with Noel Castellanos, President of CCDA – Christian Community Development Association! Join the conversation as we explore what it means to live the life of a disciple in your community. Posted by The...
Biblical illiteracy isn’t funny, it’s scary

Biblical illiteracy isn’t funny, it’s scary

Last week biblical illiteracy in the news media was put on display like never before. First, the Wall Street Journal misquoted Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying that “Moses brought water from Iraq.” What the prime minister actually said was that...
The looks of kingdom force

The looks of kingdom force

At the recent Pacific Southwest District conference last month, I shared how our movement needs to be a kingdom force — people living each day as ambassadors of God as they infiltrate the culture in which they live. I talked about what this kingdom force ought not be...