Holiness

The emperor moth

The emperor moth

L.B. Cowman was a missionary to China in the early 1900s. Her missionary service was cut short when her husband became very ill, causing them to return to the United States. She cared for him for more than six years before he died. In her devotional book, Streams in...
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...
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”...
​Women in ministry convene a Congress

​Women in ministry convene a Congress

The Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy ( WHWC) organization held a “think-tank” Congress on February 23-24, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. Forty representatives from five member denominations came together to discuss the state and mission of the 25-year-old...
​Holy ruthlessness

​Holy ruthlessness

2008 was a tough year. When a dean retired at one of our colleges, I was asked to fill in temporarily. This was in addition to my own full-time position. At the same time, I was trying to finish my doctoral dissertation, serving as vice-chair of my local church board,...
Directions for spiritual growth

Directions for spiritual growth

I was given directions to go from my office to a location some miles away. The directions were thorough, but led through winding back roads. Being directionally challenged, I got lost. There was nothing wrong with the directions, but I needed a more direct route (read...
​Entire sanctification via discipleship

​Entire sanctification via discipleship

As I read the memorials relating to membership I chuckled to myself and thought “We are going to disciple people to an understanding of entire sanctification?” Of course, my chuckle should not have happened because I should be already doing it. Before I go...
​Secret to living a holy life

​Secret to living a holy life

What would your reaction be if someone said, “I would like to live a holy life”? Would you encourage them in their pursuit or would you laugh and say, “Yeah, good luck with that. I’d like to fly to the moon too, but it’s not likely to...
Through and through

Through and through

When I arrived at the Newark, New Jersey, airport, one of the terminals was on fire. Fire trucks and firefighters were everywhere. As you could imagine, chaos ensued. As a result, nothing worked. Planes were not flying. Electricity was shut off. Boarding passes were...
​7 questions for the new Wesleyan movement

​7 questions for the new Wesleyan movement

“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6). John Wesley...
Video: Being the church in a pagan society

Video: Being the church in a pagan society

Should we expect the secular society around us to live by our Christian standards? How do we minister in a post-Christian culture? Jacob Thurston gives his take in this five-minute video. Thurston is a student at Indiana Wesleyan University, beginning his first year...
Two works of grace at the dump

Two works of grace at the dump

One of the most interesting churches we visited recently was The Wesleyan Church identified as the Trash Mountain Project. Trash Mountain Project is an organization that partners with churches to reach people around the world that lives near trash and dumps. At first...
​Change can be good

​Change can be good

Some changes are good. Others are not so great, but I’m choosing to focus on the good change can bring. Leaves change. Temperatures change. Daytime hours are overtaken by nighttime hours. Circumstances change at home and at work. As I write this on a Sunday afternoon,...
Why biblical holiness makes us missional

Why biblical holiness makes us missional

While holiness is widely accepted as a biblical standard, within the church in general there is a lot of debate as to what it means practically for the follower of Jesus Christ. As we seek to understand this truth, even within the holiness tradition, there are a lot...
Holiness leaders form Global Wesleyan Alliance

Holiness leaders form Global Wesleyan Alliance

Leaders of eleven faith communions met recently in Anderson, Indiana, to form the Global Wesleyan Alliance (GWA), a unique partnership to amplify the prophetic voice of Wesleyan-Arminian, holiness ministries and increase their effectiveness in spreading scriptural...