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A dark place and a big God

A dark place and a big God

One of my oldest friends, Mike, recently lost his 25-year-old son. Mike was my very first best friend. We went to swimming lessons together, played superheroes together, went to “Herbie the Love Bug” movies together and for much of our young lives went to church...
Suicide in America

Suicide in America

Several years ago, there was a mediocre movie made by M. Night Shyamalan, called The Happening. It was a horror-thriller sort of film, involving hundreds of senseless murders. Yet the twist in The Happening was that the linked-together killings were committed not by a...
Resurrection relationships

Resurrection relationships

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the great hinge of history. The risen Christ is nothing short of the way Christians understand the entire universe God is bringing toward restoration. It is hard to overstate the scope or importance of the resurrection with lofty...
Son’s overdose death leads mother to Christ

Son’s overdose death leads mother to Christ

I lost my son, Gregory, on August 25, 2015, to an overdose. He was 26 years old, an Army veteran and the most loving and kindest person who always put others ahead of himself. The night I learned of my son’s death, I got very angry with God and screamed and cried and...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org. Mom experiences hope of Christ after son’s murder Rachel (McCue) Rohm...
Out of the darkness

Out of the darkness

I used to love this time of year. To celebrate the wonder of Christmas as a child and then as an adult, through the eyes of my children, was a joyous delight. I’d have to say that it really changed 17 years ago when my mom died in December. I knew that without her...
The reason for your hope

The reason for your hope

In our Christian pilgrimage, we will have endless opportunities not only to preach about Christ from a platform, but in our daily lives we can preach Christ by our example, our attitudes, and our conversations. The moment we tell the Lord to be the owner of our lives,...
​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...
Young Christians at “Together 16” in Washington

Young Christians at “Together 16” in Washington

A generation that gets it. July 16, 2016, was a historic date for America. It is a historic date for our generation. A historic date for the Church. In Washington, D.C., there was a gathering of hundreds of thousands of young people who desire to see change in our...
Sunset and sunrise

Sunset and sunrise

A hazy sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. A rosy sky as the last sliver of sun slid into the water. The blue-grey of the gulf blending with the sky until one was almost indistinguishable from the other. These sights greeted us recently as we drove into Biloxi,...
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...
The road I would have never asked to walk

The road I would have never asked to walk

I know that many go through life with similar expectations: house, kids, and success. Our standards of success may be different from non-Christians, but we still believe that God has good things for our future. We want to raise our kids with the knowledge of good and...
Christmas is the kiss of God

Christmas is the kiss of God

In his book Mortal Lessons, Richard Selzer, M.D., writes: I stand by the bed where a young woman lies, her face post-operative, her mouth twisted in palsy, clownish. A tiny twig of the facial nerve, the one to the muscles of her mouth has been severed. She will be...
Forever ALIVE in him

Forever ALIVE in him

In November 2014, Crystal Blake became incredibly ill. Doctors became concerned about how her liver was functioning. She was afraid she would have to cancel her April 2015 trip to Nashville, Tenn., where she was scheduled to speak at a women’s conference. But...
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...
Don’t be cynical; be hopeful

Don’t be cynical; be hopeful

The old man limped off the stage. Lines of regret and sorrow creased his face as he turned and gave one last mournful glance over his shoulder. His unkempt hair and matted white beard befitted his torn and disheveled clothes. He testified to his experience with Ebola,...
Hope Boxes encourage those suffering infant loss

Hope Boxes encourage those suffering infant loss

A church in northern Ontario, Canada, will celebrate a grand opening the first weekend of October. Riverside Community Church in Swastika, Ontario is three years old but will hold its first service in its new facility on October 6. Originally the home of a public...
I pray so God can change me

I pray so God can change me

C. S. Lewis was once asked why he prayed. Things were not going his way and a friend thought it was futile to pray if God was never going to change and make things go the way humans think they should go. Lewis poignantly replied: “I don’t pray so I can change God. I...
Put on something happy

Put on something happy

“Put on something happy!” said the man eating at the same hole-in-the-wall restaurant as me. The server was confused. The man pointed to the newscast featured on wall-mounted television and repeated his statement accompanied by an unnecessary gesture, “Put something...