Announcing the winners of our first-ever video contest: two alumni and one current student!
Consumers want programs. . . . But nowhere in the Epistles do you find the apostolic writers urging the church to develop programs. Instead all the teaching is about a way of life, and that way of life is taught and caught in the church as it sees itself as […]
Sandy Dinkins and Dianna Andrews are shifting into new positions on the IWS staff.
Advent emphasizes what has been described by theologians as the “already, but not yet,” the time between the first and second comings of Jesus, between the Kingdom unveiled and the Kingdom fulfilled. In a sense, the “already but not yet” is also the time between our own births and deaths.
The church is to be a countercultural community. . . . God has raised up a people in a fallen culture to be a showcase of his desire for humanity—a people living in union with his purposes and in praise of his glory. . . . The church is to […]
I have published a family devotional guide for Advent, the season of anticipation of and preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ. The daily material begins with Sunday, December 1 and actually runs all the way through the Feast of Epiphany (January 6). You can learn more about the book […]
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks […]
There is a need to rediscover the very nature of the church as the continuation of the presence of God in the world. Reclaiming the incarnate nature of the church will shift us away from the business model of the church and help us focus on the church as the […]
I urge us all to stop looking at ourselves for the nourishment of our own spirituality and turn to the church and its worship to disclose God’s embrace and thus nourish our spirituality. The church, by its very existence, is the life of God’s embrace, and worship, when properly understood, […]
Our annual Festival of Lessons and Carols returns Sunday, December 8 at 6:00 PM!
IWS student Chris Antill died yesterday of congestive heart failure. He was a member of the Alpha 2 class. There will be a memorial service at First United Methodist Church in Ft. Walton Beach, FL this Saturday, November 16, at 11 AM. The church is located at 103 First St, […]
Read about IWS activity around the globe in this year’s Annual Report!
The current crisis of the church is that many define it out of the world’s narrative. In recent years the church has become a business, with Jesus as the commodity to be marketed and advertised. . . . While [this approach] has resulted in numbers, it struggles to form depth. […]
When we situate spirituality in ourselves and not God’s divine embrace, we feel responsible to nourish our own spirituality. . . . When we situate spirituality in God’s embrace, the church and its worship are seen as sources that nourish the spiritual life, not by what the church and its […]
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good […]