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Thrive in 5: Financial

Thrive in 5: Financial

The Importance of Saving Money  Saving money is an important part of your personal financial journey. In John Wesley’s message on money, his three main points were earn all you can, save all you can and give all you can. Unfortunately, many people are not saving these...
Formation of clergy: SWU higher education purposes to serve the church

Formation of clergy: SWU higher education purposes to serve the church

The approach to formation of clergy is changing for the Religion Division of Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) as they study and innovate ministerial programs. Dr. Michael Tapper, chair of the Religion Division, shared how SWU is working toward preparing pastors for...
A new chapter begins

A new chapter begins

There are people you encounter in life whose presence you just want to be in. They’re people who are excited, passionate and informed and they want you to jump in and be excited too. Keith Drury and Robert Black are these kinds of people. I recently had the...
Strong enough to send?

Strong enough to send?

I’m energized by the action-oriented conversations about church multiplication taking place throughout The Wesleyan Church! Churches of various sizes, locations and histories are engaging–and there is a question that is often being asked: Are we healthy...
Thriving in ministry: Rev. John Fowler

Thriving in ministry: Rev. John Fowler

About two years ago, Southside Fellowship Church in Owensboro, Kentucky, started to explore the idea of doing church differently. The call to examine the structure of the church came from their pastor, Rev. John Fowler, who had experienced a personal revival in his...
Opportunity and obstacles

Opportunity and obstacles

I’ve been thinking lately about the connection between opportunity and obstacles. Years ago I read that the Chinese word for “crisis” is composed of two characters, one meaning “danger” and the other meaning “opportunity.” Sounds about right. It seems like anytime you...
Forsake the phone

Forsake the phone

I read recently about a study that showed 71 percent of Americans go to bed with their smartphone and 25 percent admitted to falling asleep at least once with the phone still in their hands. Researchers asked more than 90,000 participants to wear a wrist-work...
What mutual submission looks like in practice

What mutual submission looks like in practice

Many Christians, certainly most egalitarians, are familiar with Ephesians 5:21, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (NIV). But as well-known as this passage is, it’s still common to wonder what mutual submission actually looks like in practice. Here’s...
Do you have to believe in Jesus to be saved?

Do you have to believe in Jesus to be saved?

“Pastor Mike … ” He paused for a moment with tears welling up. “I grew up in the church and lately I am having a hard time believing that all this could be true. Don’t hear me wrong, I want to believe! I just can’t. It all seems too good to be true. I feel like I am...
God honors your NO

God honors your NO

I’ve learned in my journey with God that every single time I say no to something that would interfere with what I believe God’s call in my life is, he honors that “no” with taking care of my needs. I want to share about my most recent ministry transition from...
Living Unmasked

Living Unmasked

To live unmasked is to live a life natural to who you are, giving yourself permission to be who God created you to be. Defeating the fear of disappointing others. Defeating the unreality of perfection. Choosing to live a real life in vulnerability and authenticity...
Thrive in 5: Physical

Thrive in 5: Physical

 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (the Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). God has created human...
Suicide in America

Suicide in America

Several years ago, there was a mediocre movie made by M. Night Shyamalan, called The Happening. It was a horror-thriller sort of film, involving hundreds of senseless murders. Yet the twist in The Happening was that the linked-together killings were committed not by a...
Come fill me again

Come fill me again

I opened the door to a familiar place. Although it’s dark, I know it so well I make my way to the windows instinctively. Pulling back the curtains, the sun streams into the room highlighting a million dancing dust particles taking flight. I grab the sheets covering...
Thrive in 5: Relational Attunement

Thrive in 5: Relational Attunement

Neuroscientists affirm that we are “wired for connection” from birth. Infant brains develop best when caretakers are in sync—attuned—with babies’ physical, emotional, and relational needs. Obviously, no caretaker is in sync 100 percent of the time; caregivers provide...
Bearing witness

Bearing witness

Have you ever felt paralyzed by the injustice of this world? I have. There are days when I just want to stand up and scream with the inequality all around me. As I listen to people sharing their struggles, I often feel powerless to make a difference. It sometimes...
Thrive in 5: Use Your Brain the Way God Intended

Thrive in 5: Use Your Brain the Way God Intended

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”  –Galileo Maintaining intellectual health is often a neglected part of pastoral well-being. Yet, Jesus included loving...
We all bow

We all bow

Often, when I hear God, I look at my life and allow his Holy Spirit to search me, then bring confession and repentance to him. I have to say lately, God has been speaking to me on the issue of worship. And I know why. My people, he says, have made me different from I...
Did you expect your call to include power and authority?

Did you expect your call to include power and authority?

I am frequently asked the question, “How were you called to ministry?” Most people ask that and expect the St. Paul experience—a light from heaven, thrown off my horse, blind and now I see. They also want a short, sweet and definitive response. Frankly, I dread that...
Asbury Graduate Spotlight: Seeds of Holiness

Asbury Graduate Spotlight: Seeds of Holiness

Light energy, water, chloroplasts, and time – these are the inner workings of cells that cause most plant life to grow,  from the grass in North American backyards to the amazing rainforests of the Amazon. So, too, are there inner workings of a call to ministry; a...