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Dr. Marcus Dean: No ivory tower

Dr. Marcus Dean: No ivory tower

Whether in an office at Houghton College or a board room at Fillmore Wesleyan Church, Dr. Marcus Dean lives a life in service to the local church. Dr. Marcus Dean’s life has been spent in two worlds that don’t always play nicely with one another – the academy and the...
Hurt or harm

Hurt or harm

Jesus likened the relationship of those who follow him to that of a relationship between a branch and a vine. Branches do not live independently of the vine. An organic union exists whereby the vine nurtures, supports and facilitates the growth of the branch....
Busting three myths about your pastor’s spouse

Busting three myths about your pastor’s spouse

When it comes to living life with a pastor, Marietta Williams has seen more than most. From church planting to district leadership, Williams is a veteran of title-less yet nevertheless full-time ministry. The leader of Pastor’s Spouse Connection, Williams is...
Ink marks and crimson stains

Ink marks and crimson stains

The telephone rang at 7:00 a.m. and the staff hurried to Mamie Eisenhower’s bedroom. When they knocked and entered, they discovered big black spots all over the sheets, covers, pink dust-ruffle, headboard, everything. To be exact, they were “dabs and blotches and...
Thrive In 5: Planning For Retirement

Thrive In 5: Planning For Retirement

  One of the hardest things for some pastors to think about is preparing for retirement. There are so many aspects to think about, it can boggle the mind. Yet, it is one of the most important life events many of us will ever experience from both a personal and...
A calling that found its home in the church: Jordan Rife

A calling that found its home in the church: Jordan Rife

Jordan Rife has long recognized her passion to work with people, but she hadn’t been looking for her niche where she found it: in the local church, as a worship leader. Growing up in a church that didn’t affirm women as ordained pastors, Rife didn’t imagine she’d soon...
FLAME advancing through Kingswood University

FLAME advancing through Kingswood University

FLAME–a program that provides brings ministry training to lay and clergy–will become a program of Kingswood Extended. Kingswood Extended provides local churches and districts new ways to provide discipleship and ministry preparation, extending the ministry...
Why “walking” with God?

Why “walking” with God?

You have probably heard or read this somewhere before now: “walk with God,” or “walking with/in the Spirit.” There are plenty of resources that thoroughly describe what this means. Even more, there is an abundance of voices that list steps on how to do this in your...
One great distinction between managers and leaders

One great distinction between managers and leaders

All great leaders are good managers, but not all great managers are good leaders. This is not an article that lifts up leaders and devalues managers. Management is an essential function, and managers are highly valued members of the team. There are differences,...
Thrive In 5: Understanding God’s Love

Thrive In 5: Understanding God’s Love

  As Wesleyan pastors, we all know the scriptural truth that loving God and loving others is the central hallmark of the Christian spiritual life. But do we truly embrace this as the ultimate outcome of what it means to be Spirit-filled? As David Benner states, “If...
Where is God leading me to change?

Where is God leading me to change?

Where is God leading me to change? If we don’t know the answer to this, then it’s difficult to move forward towards wholeness in the discipleship journey. In his book, Failing Forward, John Maxwell provides a helpful insight into the reasons why people change. People...
Living in the “what is”

Living in the “what is”

I couldn’t stop pacing the floor of my son’s hospital room. It was Sunday night and Andrew, age four, hadn’t eaten since Friday. Everything he put in his mouth, including ice chips, came right back up. At this point, he had nothing left in his...
Resurrection relationships

Resurrection relationships

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the great hinge of history. The risen Christ is nothing short of the way Christians understand the entire universe God is bringing toward restoration. It is hard to overstate the scope or importance of the resurrection with lofty...
Kirche or ekklesia?

Kirche or ekklesia?

In his book Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend, Andy Stanley reminds us that the original word for church is ekklesia. Ekklesia means a gathering of people united by common identity and purpose. Men and women meeting at the union hall of...
Wherever he leads: Caleb MacCullum

Wherever he leads: Caleb MacCullum

“I like to say God brought me to Kingswood ‘kicking and screaming,’” MacCullum said. It was never Caleb MacCullum’s intent to attend Kingswood University, but when God opened the opportunity for his attendance, MacCullum decided to enroll. He had marked Kingswood off...
Freeze!

Freeze!

I took this picture two weeks ago while on a walk with my dog, Rollie, where we often see rabbits running through the brush and the grass. When we happen upon them, they usually freeze, waiting to see if we notice them and trying to decide where the closest escape...
What is a true Wesleyan?

What is a true Wesleyan?

To be a true Wesleyan is to understand and “recover” the personal faith of John and Charles Wesley. Wesleyans are Methodists, or as originally quipped, method-ists. John Wesley was an ardent believer in the Scripture: “Let all things be done decently and in order”...
We are #BetterTogether

We are #BetterTogether

More than 320+ youth and kids’ workers (clergy and lay) across North America gathered to seek God, refuel their souls and discover how they are #bettertogether at the annual Fuel Conference. The event was held in early February in Fishers, Indiana. Fuel has...
Why God can say “Praise me!”

Why God can say “Praise me!”

Why God is the only being who can say, “Everyone praise me!” and it’s gloriously good for all. One of the most common complaints I get against Christianity focuses on the seemingly needy God of the Bible. No, he doesn’t need food or money, but God is over and over...
Houghton College Spotlight: Proud to be a Wesleyan

Houghton College Spotlight: Proud to be a Wesleyan

Dr. Michael Jordan was not raised in The Wesleyan Church, but now considers himself a “proud Wesleyan convert.” As Dean of the Chapel and Chair of the Religion Department at Houghton College, his desire is to be a positive representative of the Church for his...
Socks, shoes and a lot of love

Socks, shoes and a lot of love

A friend told this story some time ago. It seems a little boy about ten years old was standing before a shoe store on Broadway, barefoot, peering through the window, and shivering with cold. A lady approached the boy and said, “Say, little fellow, why are you looking...
Replacing filters

Replacing filters

I’m a fixer. When things break, I want them fixed. I move into assessment and action quickly. I’ll sometimes try tackling a fix for things I have no business touching. Plumbing, roofing and electrical, to name a few. This winter, my furnace wasn’t heating the house. I...