Worship

We all bow

We all bow

Often, when I hear God, I look at my life and allow his Holy Spirit to search me, then bring confession and repentance to him. I have to say lately, God has been speaking to me on the issue of worship. And I know why. My people, he says, have made me different from I...
Why God can say “Praise me!”

Why God can say “Praise me!”

Why God is the only being who can say, “Everyone praise me!” and it’s gloriously good for all. One of the most common complaints I get against Christianity focuses on the seemingly needy God of the Bible. No, he doesn’t need food or money, but God is over and over...
​Worship and the art of remembering

​Worship and the art of remembering

We live in a culture that fills today with questions about tomorrow. What experience is next? What job follows? When is the next episode released, the next gadget? We walk around with a smartphone in our hand waiting for what’s next. And because culture has done...
Kingswood annual carol service a favorite

Kingswood annual carol service a favorite

The annual service of Christmas carols at Kingswood University is always a picturesque and inspiring experience. More than 40 participants joined in the choir sing, with approximately 700 in attendance at this year’s December 11 event held in Saunders Irving...
​Shepherds and wise men made it to Bethlehem

​Shepherds and wise men made it to Bethlehem

Some people come to Jesus like the shepherds. Out in the fields, minding their own business–and kablammo! Something big happens. Angels show up–a huge angel choir. Glory to God in the highest! Life change in a moment. The shepherds drop everything and run to...
Worship Arts leaders make melody at roundtable seminar

Worship Arts leaders make melody at roundtable seminar

Talented and experienced worship leaders shared from their areas of passion by facilitating small group discussion at the Worship Arts Roundtable seminar Sunday at General Conference. The Worship Arts Collective consists of worship leaders who collaborate with one...
Eyes on the rim

Eyes on the rim

While walking through a nearby neighborhood, I saw something that brought a smile to my face and a fond memory to my mind. It was a warm day in the dead of winter. An older elementary-aged boy was shooting free throws in his driveway by himself. He had his school team...
An “awe-full” day

An “awe-full” day

I shook hands with my friend Wayne and asked how he was doing. He answered, “Awful!” But then with a smile, he continued, “I’m full of awe at the grace and goodness of God.” He went on to tell me the word is spelled with an...
Worship-themed Wesleyan Life released

Worship-themed Wesleyan Life released

The newly released fall issue of Wesleyan Life magazine focuses on our worship: we are called to love God and worship him in spirit and in truth. This digital version provides the bonus of numerous short video features, photo galleries, books, and other resources....
Teens create songs of worship at Kingswood event

Teens create songs of worship at Kingswood event

In August, Kingswood University became the first Canadian site for The Emerging Sound, a songwriting camp. Teens received hands-on learning from acclaimed songwriters, Jennie Lee Riddle (Revelation Song) and Travis Ryan (We Believe). Some of the songs composed during...
​I will rejoice and be glad in it!

​I will rejoice and be glad in it!

Many morning, before climbing out of bed, I repeat Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it!” I do this especially on days when there are major challenges before me. This simple little practice is like hitting a...
Summertime discipleship

Summertime discipleship

Growth time. The fields are planted by now and the weed control is being applied. It is that time of year when we expect crops and gardens to grow all over North America. In a few weeks we will all be glad for the fresh vegetables and fruits. There is nothing like a...
Worship services coming to U.S. national parks

Worship services coming to U.S. national parks

Today we hear so much in the news about what’s wrong with today’s young people: they’re selfish, apathetic, and easily distracted. They spend all their time on their phones, and little of it in nature. Recently, my husband, Matthew, and I had the...
A “made new” story?

A “made new” story?

I continue to hear overwhelming stories from Easter. We want to hear more. Do you have a story to share about Christ transforming your life, your church, or your community? Take 20 seconds to record a video and share it online with the tag ‪#‎madenew2u. You...
Highlight of the week

Highlight of the week

In recent days, I was invited to be a guest preacher at Antioch Church Family near Oakland, California. As people gathered and greeted each other, it was apparent they were happy to be there. However, it hadn’t been an easy week for the congregation. Early in...
Christmas recaps across The Wesleyan Church

Christmas recaps across The Wesleyan Church

Here is short list of Christmas recaps from some Wesleyan churches. West Michigan District Kentwood Community Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., welcomed 3,818 at the Christmas Eve services, witnessed three new commitments and 5 recommitments to Christ, and received an...
Wesleyan worship band opens for Jeremy Camp

Wesleyan worship band opens for Jeremy Camp

The modern worship band at Plymouth Wesleyan Church in Plymouth, Ind., was honored to be selected to open for a Jeremy Camp concert in October in Fort Wayne, Indiana. “Jasper Stone” has seven band members and has written its own music. The group recently released its...