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New Coffee with the Pastor Series

New Coffee with the Pastor Series

Mike Hilson has always loved writing. As his church, New Life Church in La Plata, Maryland, continued to grow, his desire to connect people with Scripture on a personal level collided with his love to write. By writing the Coffee with the Pastor series (books focusing...
Border Stories: Meet me in the middle

Border Stories: Meet me in the middle

I boarded a plane to El Paso late on a Sunday evening. The flight would only last an hour, and so I settled down in the middle seat between two young women. Both women appeared to be about the same age and race, both friendly as I squeezed through with my big camera...
You are new

You are new

Ceramic floor tile is very unforgiving. Trying to find something in our pantry the other day, my wife nudged the spaghetti sauce just a little too far, and off the shelf it tumbled. The glass jar hit the tile and burst open, sending glass shards and bright red sauce...
A face worth seeking

A face worth seeking

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  My three-year-old’s hands are always sticky. It’s typically snack related, but I also have a theory that she is biologically predisposed to sweat a jam-like substance from her palms. One can never be certain. When she wants my...
Movement Over Model

Movement Over Model

A primary role of The Wesleyan Church Division of Church Multiplication and Discipleship (CMAD) is resourcing. Most of the best resources and practices for ministry are constantly being created in a number of local churches where they are born out of real needs and...
Leading Like Jesus

Leading Like Jesus

My friend, Josmar, shared that she took offense when someone told her that she is a leader. “I’m not a dictator!” she replied. We agreed that the word “leader” brings a variety of reactions, depending on your definition. There is no...
Journey Into Spirit-filled Leadership

Journey Into Spirit-filled Leadership

Spirit-filled Leader My journey with Jesus and his still small voice has fine-tuned my definition to include “joyful surrender” and “courageous influence.” It’s not enough to surrender. It can mistakenly have residues of martyrdom,...
Who Is Your Why

Who Is Your Why

Why do you do the things you do and who do you do them for? That was a children’s video theme song when our two oldest children, Aaron and Bethany, were little. I don’t know if they think about it now that they are adults, but that song is often in my head. “Why do I...
Tearing down the wall of prejudice 

Tearing down the wall of prejudice 

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  The first recollection I have of watching how an immigrant was treated dates back to my teenage years in my native Brazil. A woman looking very distraught and dismayed entered our home, carrying a small suitcase and speaking to my...
Welcoming Christ

Welcoming Christ

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  “Christ’s identification with suffering becomes the hiddenness of God’s glory, and among the marginalized we experience the presence and power of God to redeem.” (Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of...
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...
IWU Alumni Spotlight

IWU Alumni Spotlight

“Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) has been my spiritual and intellectual home,” said Cassie Olson, a new IWU philosophy and theology graduate. Olson was introduced to IWU by a spiritual mentor who saw potential in her and began helping her prepare for college. Olson...
The most beautiful snow cone maker

The most beautiful snow cone maker

Growing up in the 1950s was a unique experience in itself. Add to that growing up in a large, rambunctious pastor’s family, in a three-story bright yellow home on Main Street, smack in the middle of a small town in Washington State, and you’ve got memories. Those days...
Friendship

Friendship

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ~ C. S. Lewis   I am an extrovert. I like being around people and I thrive on conversations. I’ve been accused of smiling too much and,...
Friendship

Wonderfully Made

Imagine an ultrasound picture of a precious baby. Or better yet, imagine holding that child in your hand while reading this Psalm (139): 13 For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and...
“We space”: an invitation for every church

“We space”: an invitation for every church

In a recent trip to the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border, I had the opportunity to sit with a lovely indigenous woman who has been a doctor serving faithfully in the Anapra region of Mexico for decades. Doctora Mendoza is not only caring for people in a very poor town but...
Model worshippers and “trendy” legalism

Model worshippers and “trendy” legalism

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  Occasionally, while grading papers or doing some menial office task, I will play live worship music via YouTube. I rarely watch the videos, but when I do I am sometimes struck by a strange observation. In a few of these famous churches,...
Houghton Alumni Spotlight: Laura White

Houghton Alumni Spotlight: Laura White

Photo credit: Bailey Karfelt, Houghton class of 2012 A textbook introvert who likes to throw out the textbook every once in a while just to see what happens, Laura grew up in Buffalo, New York, where she learned valuable life skills like how to clear a snowy driveway...
White Christians and multiethnic ministry

White Christians and multiethnic ministry

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  The theme of racial reconciliation in the church has perhaps never been more popular than it is today. I am grateful for the many pastors who use the pulpit to decry racism and call for the unity of God’s people of every ethnicity....
Webinar Global Discipleship: Mexico

Webinar Global Discipleship: Mexico

Guest pastors Alejandro (Alex) Sicilia, Senda de Vida and Beau Hamner, College Wesleyan Church Hitting the wall before breaking open for what God wanted to do How discipleship became the focal point Lessons to be extrapolated for the North American church  Amplify...