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Beleaguered

Beleaguered

When is the last time you heard that word? Beleaguered. Perhaps an even more important question: what in the world does it mean? I looked it up for those of us who have not heard this word in a long while. Beleaguered: suffering or being subjected to constant or...
Race and the American Church

Race and the American Church

The faculty of the John Wesley Honors College (JWHC) at Indiana Wesleyan University join with much of the world in mourning the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and recognize that their recent deaths are part of a centuries-long...
Racial reconciliation and reconnection

Racial reconciliation and reconnection

Over the past weeks, I have been in dialogue with our pastoral leaders in the Pacific Southwest District (PSW) via our Zoom. The June conversations were primarily about how we, as individuals, churches and a movement, might address systemic racism and racial...
Embracing our humanity

Embracing our humanity

I was at a church planting assessment center (CPAC) in Tuscon, Arizona, in January with several church planting candidates. On the last day of the CPAC, I was sharing a devotional titled “The Five Things I’ve Learned About Church Planting” from our past four years of...
What Should Discipleship Look Like In My Church

What Should Discipleship Look Like In My Church

  Haga clic aquí para español This is a common question that pastors and church leaders ask, whether looking for a new model or evaluating a current one. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to making disciples. As you seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance, with...
Iglesia reproductora

Iglesia reproductora

  Click here for English Herramienta de evaluación de la iglesia “reproductora” “Nuestra oración ferviente es que cerremos la brecha del evangelio movilizando una fuerza del Reino, celebrando cada vez que un discípulo hace un discípulo y una...
¿Cómo debería ser el discipulado en mi iglesia?

¿Cómo debería ser el discipulado en mi iglesia?

  Click here for English Esta es una pregunta común que se hacen los pastores y los líderes de la iglesia, ya sea que busquen un nuevo modelo o que evalúen uno actual. No hay un enfoque único para todos sobre cómo hacer discípulos. Mientras buscas la guía del...
Wrestling with God

Wrestling with God

Chera, my wife, was glaring at me with the type of fire normally reserved for people who tell her Christmas music should wait till after Thanksgiving. “God is good,” she said. I nodded, more than slightly annoyed. “Say it,” still glaring. “God is good,” I...
A father’s forever influence

A father’s forever influence

Sometimes it takes a lifetime to truly appreciate all the ways a good dad made all the difference. My father grew up during the Great Depression in a Wesleyan Methodist preacher’s home, having to wear his older sister’s blouse to school and cardboard in his shoes. He...
How Do I Lead My Church To Be A Reproducing Church?

How Do I Lead My Church To Be A Reproducing Church?

  Haga clic aquí para español ‘Our fervent prayer is that we would close the gospel gap by mobilizing Kingdom Force, celebrating every time a disciple makes a disciple and a church multiplies itself until The Wesleyan Church has a transforming presence in every...
Pandemic fear, pandemic faith

Pandemic fear, pandemic faith

Haga clic aquí para español   There are so many Scriptures that have ministered to me through the pandemic. My Bible is my lifeblood in ‘normal’ life and more so in this time of uncertainty. Verses like,* “They that wait upon the Lord will renew their...
Miedo pandémico, fe pandémica

Miedo pandémico, fe pandémica

  Click here for English Hay tantas Escrituras que me han ministrado durante la pandemia. Mi Biblia es mi fuerza en la vida ‘normal’ y más aún en este tiempo de incertidumbre, versos como: ‘Los que esperan en el Señor renovarán sus fuerzas, y...
What Should Discipleship Look Like In My Church

What Should Discipleship Look Like In My Church

This is a common question that pastors and church leaders ask, whether looking for a new model or evaluating a current one. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to making disciples. As you seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance, with agape’ love toward the people in your...
Where are the senior pastors who are women?

Where are the senior pastors who are women?

I had just finished preaching as the guest speaker at a church when a lady approached me and said, “That was amazing, you should be a pastor!” I made a joke about no church wanting to keep me around for more than a day, and the lady laughed. Deep down, I asked myself...
Love in the time of COVID

Love in the time of COVID

Thirteen people. Nineteen if you count the kids that piled into the nursery with their juice boxes and tablets. With hushed discomfort and wide eyes, we kissed their foreheads and then tried our best to stand at least a few feet apart in the lobby while we waited for...
Hope for Eeyore 

Hope for Eeyore 

Eeyore is the gray, gloomy donkey filled with sawdust in Winnie the Pooh stories. He is sensitive and intelligent but quiet and downcast most of the time. He is forever losing his tail. His favorite food is thistles, and his go-to phrase is, “Why bother?”  Eeyore...