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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
We are not spiritual because we practice the disciplines or use pious words but because we are united to Jesus who has restored our union with God. So our goal is never to become spiritual but to live out the spirituality we have in Jesus through the choices that spring […]
Christ is the embodied story of God, the one in whom God became human and showed us what humanity was intended to be. The faithful life is the life that seeks to live the Jesus way. The vow of fidelity means you can count on me to be Jesus to […]
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Graduate school noted in magazine’s 2013 Best of the Best issue for third straight year.
January 2014 Seminar: Ever and Always a Teacher—Worship Ministry, Christian Formation, and Everyday Discipleship
Details and registration information for the January 13-14, 2014 Worship Seminar with Dr. John Witvliet