Faith

Do you have to believe in Jesus to be saved?

Do you have to believe in Jesus to be saved?

“Pastor Mike … ” He paused for a moment with tears welling up. “I grew up in the church and lately I am having a hard time believing that all this could be true. Don’t hear me wrong, I want to believe! I just can’t. It all seems too good to be true. I feel like I am...
A new story for a new year

A new story for a new year

It’s been more than three years of battling anxiety over health problems for our precious boy. Andrew was born 10 weeks early in 2014 with an unconnected esophagus and spent 13 weeks in the NICU. While he is doing well today and has a fully connected esophagus (thank...
Fat Faith!

Fat Faith!

When North Americans hear the word “poverty,” many times the immediate thought that comes to mind is a lack of money or wealth. But why? Why do we assume that poverty refers to money? Yes, a component of a poverty-stricken land is a lack of monetary means. By these...
​Easter: finding hope in a cemetery

​Easter: finding hope in a cemetery

I live in a hope, a hope that some day, after I’m dead and rotted, in this body I’ll see my Redeemer. If you had told me I would have believed this thirty years ago as I graduated from medical school–the moment in time when I knew everything–I would have...
​SWU athletic department focuses on faith

​SWU athletic department focuses on faith

Sometimes when Chris Williams watches ESPN he can’t help but shake his head. The highlight reels on today’s sports channels seemingly have a common focus: the individual. Whether discussing an athlete’s multi-million-dollar contract, how many points...
God in my loneliness

God in my loneliness

After a season of loneliness, God showed me how I prolonged the loneliness by dwelling on it and then He gave me some insight into loneliness that I had never considered before. I realized that God uses these times of loneliness to draw me closer to Him. And I’m...
​Matthew Sleeth’s 7 practical ways to be gospel-driven

​Matthew Sleeth’s 7 practical ways to be gospel-driven

It was like a scene out of a movie: Last Saturday, I was washing my hands in the ladies’ room when I overheard a woman exclaim to a gaggle of her friends, “Oh my, that doctor speaker! Usually I hate sitting through graduation ceremonies, but . . .”...
The word I had never heard

The word I had never heard

I was in fourth grade, when I first heard the word. “Wow” showed up in a Christmas song during music class at my school. The teacher and I had a discussion about it, and she assured me it was fine to say. I, however, was not easily convinced, and I asked...
OKWU apologetics conference

OKWU apologetics conference

“After I set out to refute Christianity intellectually and couldn’t, I came to the conclusion the Bible was true and Jesus Christ was God’s Son.” These words of apologist Josh McDowell were in the spotlight recently at Oklahoma Wesleyan’s...
Living with hope in the New Year

Living with hope in the New Year

Having put 2015 to bed and having greeted 2016, I like to take a look back and remember some of the people who left us during the previous year. This is not to be morbid—after all, the title of this column is “Positive Perspective”—but it doesn’t...
How to Flourish: Faith, Work, and Economics

How to Flourish: Faith, Work, and Economics

“It’s rare to have an opportunity to be able to help members of your congregation to inhabit their vocation as part of a Kingdom calling, much less work with other church leaders to strategize how to transform your church and community. Psalm 104 gave us...
“God and Science” booklet released

“God and Science” booklet released

[Ed. Note: This FREE booklet with ten essays by respected authors comes highly recommend by General Superintendent Dr. Jo Anne Lyon. Click below to get your free download. To see a video on the booklet, click here.] Many people perceive tension — and sometimes even...
The exponential kingdom

The exponential kingdom

Exponential is a mathematical term. It means something increases and keeps on increasing more and more. It is kind of like momentum, but it there is a multiplying component to exponential that billows more than simply “moves.” It is also the title of the...
You, too, can be a witness

You, too, can be a witness

People all over The Wesleyan Church are Speaking Up. There are entire churches who took the Speak Up Challenge recently. The Speak Up Challenge is that every person in every church would verbally share about his or her faith in Jesus Christ sometime between now and...
A grocery contest and answered prayer

A grocery contest and answered prayer

My friend, Mark Wilson, is pastor of a church in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. He tells a wonderful story in his new book, Purple Fish. It seems the Marketplace Grocery conducted a contest a few years ago, in which they announced a drawing for a free year’s supply of...