Advent

Blankets and bathrobes

Blankets and bathrobes

The service had not begun on time and quiet whispers echoed in the quaint sanctuary. Nearly every pew in the sparsely decorated church was full as we anxiously awaited the beginning of the annual children’s Christmas pageant. It was the Sunday before Christmas, the...
Resource Center’s vision becomes reality

Resource Center’s vision becomes reality

Late this summer, The Wesleyan Church announced the launch of its new Resource Center–created to serve the local church. The vision of the Resource Center is to create a platform to provide local churches the ability to equip each other. Resource Center now hosts over...
​From deity to dust

​From deity to dust

It is almost unheard of for anyone who has been a somebody to become a nobody. For example, how ridiculous and insane it would be for Donald Trump to voluntarily surrender all the glitz, glamour and glory—all the presidential power and prestige—that is his to become a...
​Instant save

​Instant save

NBC’s The Voice has this phenomenon called the “instant save.” Many refer to it as the first and most impactful Twitter-based vote spectrum on television. Some even go so far to say it is the most successful social TV integration of all time. Some of...
What did Jesus’ grandparents think?

What did Jesus’ grandparents think?

Maybe it’s because we have been blessed with nine grandchildren, but I began to think about Jesus’ grandparents. Who were they? Obviously, Mary had parents. So when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, where were the grandparents? Back in Nazareth? Probably. What...
The Rescuer chose us

The Rescuer chose us

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked (Psalm 82:3-4). It was Christmas break my sophomore year of college. I was driving home for the winter break on...
You’d better be good for goodness’ sake!

You’d better be good for goodness’ sake!

One little boy sent a letter to Santa Claus that said: “Dear Santa, you did not bring me anything good last year. You did not bring me anything good the year before that. This is your last chance. Signed, Alfred.” Another went like this: “Dear Santa,...
Avalanche of generosity at Sandy Lake

Avalanche of generosity at Sandy Lake

Sandy Lake Wesleyan Church in the Western Pennsylvania District is celebrating an “avalanche of generosity” during the four Sundays of Advent. Lead pastor Rev. Jesse Pratt is preaching on God’s generosity and our reflection of him. But it does not start and end with...
The wonderful, awful truth about Christmas

The wonderful, awful truth about Christmas

The wonderful, awful truth about Christmas As we set up our Christmas trees, drink up eggnog, and create our Christmas list on Amazon, it’s really easy to miss something. The epicenter of modern human history was turned upside down by a man named Jesus. His own people...