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Socks, shoes and a lot of love

Socks, shoes and a lot of love

A friend told this story some time ago. It seems a little boy about ten years old was standing before a shoe store on Broadway, barefoot, peering through the window, and shivering with cold. A lady approached the boy and said, “Say, little fellow, why are you looking...
Problem of pain

Problem of pain

It feels heartless to justify suffering, to try to find a reason behind the “whys” of life when the subjects of abuse and injustice are often the most vulnerable of all. In January, while living in Poland, I visited former concentration camps, Auschwitz and Birkenau....
A stony heart

A stony heart

I was on my way to a social holiness retreat. My friend asked me if it was about being holy in your social life? “Sort of,” I replied, to quickly dismiss further questions. That day was one of the most troublesome days of travel I’ve ever had. Twelve hours of...
Messengers of Grace

Messengers of Grace

We have a neighbor who is the strangest person I’ve ever met. He is intelligent and well-read, but physically very ill which leads to some very odd behaviors. The other neighbors want nothing to do with him. He is an outcast. To add fuel to the fire there were three...
​Zip Codes 22901-22908: Charlottesville, Virginia

​Zip Codes 22901-22908: Charlottesville, Virginia

Reverend Tony Schiavone is the lead pastor of Cornerstone Community Church (CCC), Charlottesville, Virginia, where he, his wife, Joy, and their four children ages 7 to 15, call home. On August 12, violence in Charlottesville received national attention. White...
​”She’s 4 Years Old, and Wishes She was White”

​”She’s 4 Years Old, and Wishes She was White”

“I think God ran out of white, so that’s why he made me brown. I wish that I was white.” I will never forget those words spoken earlier this year by a little 4-year-old girl who has stolen our hearts. As I read about the sad events in Virginia on...
Happy endings

Happy endings

She was two and a half years old and cute as a button. But when our son David saw her, she had just come from between parked cars and was headed across a busy parking lot, where scores of cars were coming and going for picture day at the soccer complex. David put his...
A violent July

A violent July

The first full week of July, 2016, was one marked by violence in our headlines and across our screens in the United States. The first wave of violence involved two black men who were shot during what started as more routine encounters with local police. The subsequent...
70 years and counting

70 years and counting

June is the traditional month of weddings. More people get married in June than any other month. August, September, and October are next in line. But more importantly, how long do marriages last? An article featuring research from about five years ago showed that 47...
Praying the last seven words of Christ

Praying the last seven words of Christ

It is significant that Jesus prayed from the cross. While experiencing the worst torture a human being could endure, he prayed. Most of us, in such moments of anguish, would succumb to the suffering. Our prayers would be diminished to one word: “Help!”...
Helping refugees in your community

Helping refugees in your community

I have a love for working with refugees and helping them adjust to living in the United States. It is most definitely very needed, as many refugees in North America are overwhelmed with the vast amount of things they must learn to “make it” in this...
A Hollywood movie that can inform the Church’s response to homosexuals

A Hollywood movie that can inform the Church’s response to homosexuals

I recently viewed the 1993 film, Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. This is only the second time I have seen the movie. Tom Hanks plays Andrew Beckett, an up and coming lawyer who for years has managed to keep his homosexuality a secret from the...
La carnada correcta

La carnada correcta

La pesca en aguas profundas no es algo que estoy acostumbrado a hacer regularmente. De hecho, sólo lo he hecho una vez y precisamente fue este verano. Las aguas del Pacífico estaban frías y había una niebla espesa sobre la costa. Fue un gran día en el agua con...
The right bait

The right bait

Deep-sea fishing is not something I’m accustomed to doing on a daily basis. In fact, I’ve only been once and it happened this summer. The Pacific waters were cold and there was a thick haze over the coastline. It was a great day on the water with gracious...
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...
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...
Oklahoma Wesleyan’s Everett Piper interviewed by Bill O’Reilly

Oklahoma Wesleyan’s Everett Piper interviewed by Bill O’Reilly

Author and radio and TV host Bill O’Reilly recently interviewed Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper regarding religious freedom and the law. In the short video clip, President Piper gives definition to the word “tolerance” from a...
Three Waves from Wesley: 4th of 4 installments

Three Waves from Wesley: 4th of 4 installments

Professor Joe Dongell delivered this groundbreaking address helping us refocus on the true core of John Wesley. In this fourth and final installment, he gives his final reflections and application of Wesley’s radical and often overlooked emphasis on the primacy...
Three Waves from Wesley: 3rd of 4 installments

Three Waves from Wesley: 3rd of 4 installments

Professor Joe Dongell delivered this groundbreaking address helping us refocus on the true core of John Wesley. In this third installment, he lays out five clarifications about Christian love that demonstrate the depth and the freshness of Wesley’s teaching on...
Three Waves from Wesley: 2nd of 4 installments

Three Waves from Wesley: 2nd of 4 installments

Professor Joe Dongell delivered this groundbreaking address helping us refocus on the true core of John Wesley. In this second installment, he supports his conclusion that, according to Wesley’s writings, we are aiming too low by making power and purity the...
Three waves from Wesley: 1st of 4 installments

Three waves from Wesley: 1st of 4 installments

I want to talk about three very different kinds of waves I see radiating from John Wesley. Here I am not trying to map Wesley’s outflow comprehensively, or with historical precision. I want to talk about three waves emanating from Wesley. . . as I myself have...