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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...
Rebooting values

Rebooting values

People sometimes complain about a lack of original ideas in entertainment. Many movies are sequels or unnecessary remakes. However, when I find my own generation’s television shows being rebooted, and done well, I do a bit of binge-watching on Netflix.I knew one day I...
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...
Reflections on reclaiming the Sabbath

Reflections on reclaiming the Sabbath

Throughout 2018, Wesleyan clergy encouraged each other to “Reclaim Sabbath” by coming to a full stop every seven days in order to recognize that our ultimate center is God. Not our work, or our pedigree, or our ministry, but God himself. Henri Nouwen encourages us to...
Houghton alumni spotlight: Travis Trotman

Houghton alumni spotlight: Travis Trotman

Travis Trotman’s journey to Houghton College was across several thousand miles and a stark climate contrast – from the Caribbean island of Barbados. Trotman arrived at Houghton focused on studying music and communications, but his goals for higher education began to...
Guided deconstruction

Guided deconstruction

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 attended youth group with. I can...
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)....
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)

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 cases, we have come to use the...
Maintaining a holy life

Maintaining a holy life

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 recorded in Leviticus: “Be holy,...
Daily snapshot

Daily snapshot

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 not to? Or, how many of us have...
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...
Thrive In 5:  Emotional

Thrive In 5: Emotional

If you have read A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, are you an Eeyore or a Tigger? “Eeyores” are your typical pessimists. Life is one disappointment after another. Positive things are never as good as imagined. Neutral things are worse than expected. Negative things are...
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...