Forgiveness

Greatly forgiven

Greatly forgiven

Lately, I’ve been really moved by the story of the woman who washes Jesus’ feet in Luke 7. Every time I read it, I feel a deeper sense of awe and grace about what is going on in this story. To recap, Jesus is invited over for dinner by a Pharisee named...
Fueled by forgiveness

Fueled by forgiveness

Rev. Nick Oliver attended his first Fuel, an event for Next Generations Ministries leaders, pastors and volunteers, in 2017. The worship, encouragement and networking at this event was key for Oliver, Next Generations pastor at LifePoint Church in Waldorf, Maryland....
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The phone rang, buzzing me into consciousness. I drove two straight hours to the hospital to get to you, with no recollection of how I got there. I saw you lying there with too many machines and tubes snaking into your broken body. I asked the cardiologist and...
​The importance of forgiveness

​The importance of forgiveness

One of the most well-known prayers is what is known as the Lord’s Prayer. Part of this short but important prayer is the topic of forgiveness. In the book of Matthew 6:12, King James Version states, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our...
CBS Evening News profiles two Wesleyans in Benton Harbor, Michigan

CBS Evening News profiles two Wesleyans in Benton Harbor, Michigan

Years ago, a Michigan police officer wrongly arrested a man on a drug charge—and he knew the man was innocent all along. Former police officer Andrew Collins served 1 ½ years in prison for the crime he committed against Jameel McGee, an innocent man. McGee served four...
Been hurt? (when stuff happens)

Been hurt? (when stuff happens)

Being a human means you are going to be hurt. Getting hurt is an inescapable and disagreeable part of what it means to be a human being. Humanity = hurt. It’s a package deal. When it happens—whether through a betrayal, a negligence, harsh words, a loss, a...
Pastor experiences restoration through grace

Pastor experiences restoration through grace

A little over a year ago, I found myself in a situation that I never thought I would be in. I was the assistant pastor at my church and part of my responsibility was being business manager. I had abused my church credit card for personal expenses and I was discovered....
Modern snake oil tastes like revenge

Modern snake oil tastes like revenge

In the frontier days, unscrupulous people traveled from town to town selling worthless medicines that claimed to cure any number of diseases. Instead of useful remedies, they were worthless concoctions that gave an immediate sensation, but provided nothing curative....
da Vinci’s lesson on anger

da Vinci’s lesson on anger

I read somewhere about Leonardo da Vinci’s reaction to some boys who were watching him paint. One of the boys carelessly knocked over a stack of canvases. The artist threw down his brush and accosted the boy with harsh words. The lad began to cry and ran from...
Wow, what a flight that was!

Wow, what a flight that was!

On a recent air flight, I found myself seated beside a very intelligent and well-spoken 71-year-old woman. She has her Ph.D. and a prestigious position at a university. She began asking me questions the moment I sat down. I usually hesitate to say what I do but...
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,...