August 2015

Gavin Fothergill

August 13, 2015 - 11:45

Muzee had attended Main de l'Éternel (Hand of the Lord) Church of the Nazarene off and on for about a year because the pastor, Mike Kalenga, had ministered to his wife.

Discipleship

August 13, 2015 - 11:43

John was about 12 years old when his parents, Simon and Serah, asked missionary David Potter to dedicate him to the Lord along with several other children. The Church of the Nazarene had been meeting under a tarp in their yard for a year. During that time the children gathered for Sunday school and were taught by Serah and others.

Judy Engel: Missional Mom

August 13, 2015 - 11:41

"We always said we were stopping with three kids," Judy Engel explains. "Then, we added 57 more from 23 different countries."

Judy and Phil, both long time members of South Lake Church of the Nazarene in Merrillville, Indiana, started hosting international students in their home in 1997. At the beginning, they worked through a six-week exchange program with the Lions' Club. Their first hosted student was a young lady from France, and they loved the cultural enrichment that came from having her in their home.

Profile of Doug Pierce

August 13, 2015 - 11:08

How long have you been a minister?

I started my ministerial career 40 years ago.

Who ordained you?

Charles Strickland.

On which district?

Southwest Oklahoma.

Where were you born and raised?

Born in Carnegie, Oklahoma, and raised in Oklahoma City.

How long were you an assistant district superintendent?

18 years, off and on.

Best thing about being a pastor?

Examples

August 13, 2015 - 11:06

We have a number of examples from our church. Perhaps one of the best examples right now is Lindsey, a Christian for less than two years. She was the photographer at our youth pastor’s wedding, but at that time she wanted nothing to do with church. Since then, both she and her husband have become Christians and their family is a regular part of our church. She has grown tremendously in her faith and it has had a profound impact in many areas of her life: attitude, temper, forgiveness, tithing, alcohol abuse, family relationships, and others.

Freedom from Sin

August 13, 2015 - 11:05

Nobody has to teach us to preference ourselves and our desires. We come into this world with self clearly in first place. Children on the playground illustrate this phenomenon well. Original sin speaks to the sinful human condition. William Greathouse, former general superintendent, scholar, and theologian in the Church of the Nazarene, explained this condition by comparing it to a disease.1

Iron Sharpens Iron

August 13, 2015 - 11:02

Daily we are a barraged with advertisements from institutions of higher education encouraging one to get an MBA, become a nurse practitioner, or work on an online doctorate. In this contemporary milieu of convenient and low-priced practical biblical education, we must consider whether there is a need for formal graduate school theological education in a seminary.

Sketches

August 13, 2015 - 11:01

What do you do for a living? I am project manager for a power and energy company. We provide electrical power for South Africa.

How long have you served on the General Board? This is my first term. I was elected in 2013 for a four-year term.

What does Agnes do for a living? Agnes is self-employed as a tailor.

How are you involved at Seshego Church of the Nazarene? I am the local Nazarene Missions International (NMI) president.

Quotes

August 13, 2015 - 10:58

We actually need each other more than we realize. —Hans Deventer

Repeated, unconditional forgiveness is required for even (especially) our most detested enemy. —Jon Johnston

Jesus cared! He went out of His way to find hurting people. —J. K. Warrick

Make the church believable. —Paul Skiles

I have discovered along my journey that it’s in the times of deepest pain, brokenness, and questioning, that we find ourselves face to face with a loving God. —Andrea Sawtelle  

Q&A

August 13, 2015 - 10:56

Q: Are Christians, especially Nazarenes, as likely to divorce as non-Christians?

A: Married Christians are not immune to divorce. They face many of the same cultural influences, stresses, and temptations that everyone else faces. The grace of God, the fellowship and support of other believers, and the ministry of the church help them maintain and strengthen their marriage relationships. However, lack of commitment from either marriage partner may result in a variety of problems including adultery and divorce.

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