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Renovating Holiness: The New Book

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It is my great honor to be one of over a hundred leaders selected to write essays for a book called Renovating Holiness. I’m so grateful to editors, Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward, not only for including me among these amazing leaders from around the world, but also for taking the time to put together such an unprecedented and needed resource for holiness denominations. In trying to figure out the best way to review a book like this with so many diverse authors, I decided the best thing to do might be to let the authors speak for themselves by including some snapshots from some of my very favorite selections of the book. I would encourage anyone to read this book but I especially would recommend it to young people who have become disheartened with the Church of the Nazarene, wondering if there is a place for them in a holiness denomination in the 21st century. I believe these essays will strengthen our journey as a follower of Christ and help us discover where we are as a denomination. As a minister in the Church of the Nazarene, I give you my highest recommendation.

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These excerpts are by no means the only great parts of the book, they are simply moments that stood out to me while I was reading Renovating Holiness. I also included the first page of the essay I wrote, hoping that all of these excerpts will make you want to read more. These excerpts were written by

Brannon Hancock, Catherine Lebese, Chad Maxson, Craig Drurey, Dick Eugenio, Donnie Miller, Emily JoAnn Haynes, Frank Mills, Greg Arthur, Hank Spaulding, Jacob Lett, Jamie Gates, Janine King, Jason Rowinski, Joe Gorman, Jon Middendorf, Megan Pardue, Michael Scarlett, Myra Oomit, Nathan Napier, Rick Lee James, RJ Strickland, Rusty Brian, Ryan Patrick McGlaughlin, Ryan Scott, and Thomas Jay Oord.

You can also hear a conversation I had with editor Joshua Broward on Episode #132 of the Voices In My Head Podcast.

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Excerpts:

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Rick Lee James

Thomas Jay Oord

Thomas Jay Oord

Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott

Ryan Patrick McGlaughlin

Ryan Patrick McGlaughlin

Rusty Brian

Rusty Brian

RJ Strickland

RJ Strickland

Nathan Napier

Nathan Napier

Myra Oomit

Myra Oomit

Michael Scarlett

Michael Scarlett

Megan Pardue

Megan Pardue

Marco Velasco Sosa

Marco Velasco Sosa

Krista Klosterman

Krista Klosterman

Keith M. Devenport

Keith M. Devenport

JR Forasteros

JR Forasteros

Joshua Sweeden

Joshua Sweeden

Jon Middendorf

Jon Middendorf

Joe Gorman

Joe Gorman

Jason Rowinski

Jason Rowinski

Janine King

Janine King

Jamie Gates

Jamie Gates

Jacob Lett

Jacob Lett

Hank Spaulding

Hank Spaulding

Greg Arthur

Greg Arthur

Frank Mills

Frank Mills

Emily JoAnn Hanes

Emily JoAnn Hanes

Donnie Miller

Donnie Miller

Dick Eugenio

Dick Eugenio

Craig Drurey

Craig Drurey

Chad Maxson

Chad Maxson

Catherine Lebese

Catherine Lebese

Brannon Hancock

Brannon Hancock

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Lecture 1964 (Excerpt)

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We can no longer afford to worship the God of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate.

Love is the key to the solution of the problems of the world. Here and there an individual or group dares to love, and rises to the majestic heights of moral maturity. So in a real sense this is a great time to be alive. Therefore, I am not yet discouraged about the future…granted that we face a world crisis which leaves us standing so often amid the surging murmur of life’s restless sea.

But every crisis has both its dangers and its opportunities. It can spell either salvation or doom. In a dark confused world the kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men.

—From Dr. King’s Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1964

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Creative Worship Leading Without A Band

When you don't always have a band handy, you learn to improvise. Even when there are no other musicians to pull from in a particular setting, I still think we can strive to be artful and creative in our music leading.  Here's my attempt to play guitar and piano together as an example using the song Overcome by Jon Egan. We will play it with the band this Sunday at Springfield Naz, but in this setting when the band wasn't around I wanted to show an alternative way that this could be done without a band,with a little practice.

How Do I Pray?

How Do I Pray? The Daily Examen and The Way of Ignatian Prayer

How Do I Pray?
How Do I Pray?

More than 400 years ago Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits (literally meaning the society of Jesus), developed a way of praying for the purpose of helping people to find God in all things. This way of praying intentionally looks for what God is doing right now. As Christians we believe that the risen Christ is alive and active, working in His creation in every moment, drawing everything near to Himself as He Himself draws near. A wonderful way to pray is by looking for God’s presence in our lives, both individually and communally. Saint Ignatius Loyola encouraged prayer-filled mindfulness by prayerfully developing a technique called the Daily Examen. The Examen is a prayerful reflection on the day’s events for the purpose of detecting God’s presence and discerning His direction for our lives. The following is my best attempt to adapt St. Ignatius’s prayer for my own use. This is one way I am learning to pray as I follow Ignatius’ 5 steps and since none of us pray in a vacuum, I thought others might find it helpful as well. These certainly aren’t ideas that are original to me, they are simply my attempt to make this type of praying my own. I always pray better with a guide.

1. Become aware of God’s presence. 

Look back on the events of the day so far. Be aware that you are in the presence of the Father, revealed to us in Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Don’t ask anything yet, just simply be aware of the Presence of God, who is with you in this very moment.

2. Review the day with gratitude. 

As you review your day, be mindful both of the things that have brought you joy as well as things that have been obstacles.  Take note of the delights as well as the struggles of the day. Ponder the work that you accomplished and the people with whom you interacted. What did you recieve from these people and things? What did you give to them? Pay atttention to both the small things and the large things for God is in the details.  What did you eat? How did you feel? Were you cold or hot? Jesus presence is both the center of our joy as well as our stumbling block at times. Cultivate gratitude for both, that God would care enough to be present in every moment, revealing Himself in the joy and struggle, knowing that His nearness is always for our good.

3. Pay attention to your emotions. 

Strive to detect the presence of the Spirit of God in the movements of our emotions. Reflect on the feelings you experienced during the day. In what did you find affirmation? What did you find challenging? What caused you Boredom? Exhilaration? Resentment? Compassion? Anger? Confidence? Have I been kind to others? Have I been open to growth? What is God saying through these feelings?

God might show you some ways that you have fallen short. Make note of these sins and faults but also look deeper to what these things might mean. Does your frustration possibly mean that you need to consider new directions in some area of  your life and work? Are there people who come to mind that you may need to reach out to in some way? Are there places and habits that you need to avoid? Do your emotions indicate that a change of course is needed? God’s paths will lead to wholeness so it’s helpful to examine if you are recieving wholeness or brokenness from your present path?

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.

Ask the God to direct you to something during the day that is of particular importance to Him. It might involve positive and/or  negative feelings. It may be a significant encounter with another person or people. It might be a vivid moment of peace or fulfillment. It might be something that seems insignificant at first. Look at it. Pray about it. Allow prayer to arise spontaneously from your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in prayers of intercession, praise, repentance, or gratitude.

5. Look toward tomorrow. 

Ask God for light to face the challenges of tomorrow. Pay attention to the feelings that surface as you survey what’s lies ahead. What are you experiencing about the future? Doubt? Cheer? Worry? Joyful anticipation? Allow these feelings be transformed into prayer. Seek God’s guidance. Ask him for help and understanding. Ask God to show you how to be the Christlike person that he wants you to be.

Talk to Jesus like a friend. End the Daily Examen in a conversation with Jesus. Ask Him to forgive for your sins. Ask for His protection and help. Ask for His wisdom in the questions you have and the problems you are facing. Pray in the spirit of gratitude but also in complete honesty. There is nothing you can say to Him that will make Him stop loving You. Be real with God even when it isn’t pretty. God doesn’t know the person you pretend to be because that person doesn’t exist. Be who you are, who God made you to be. Every life, including yours, is a gift. If you examine your life carefully and prayerfully, you will see that it is filled with gifts from God.

End the Daily Examen with the prayer Jesus taught his disciples

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Holy is Your Name;

Your Kingdom come,Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Your’s is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #132 – Renovating Holiness with Joshua Broward

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This week’s guest, Joshua Broward is the co-editor (with Thomas J. Oord) and compiler of a new book called Renovating Holiness which releases January 17th and can be pre-ordered at

www.Renovatingholiness.com

Younger leaders around the world are approaching holiness with new eyes, new vision, and a burning passion to help the Church engage the mission of our holy God.  Renovating Holiness brings together the stories of 100 plus leaders from more than 30 nations to point towards the continuing movement of God’s Spirit in a new world, offering their thoughts on how the Church of the Nazarene can rethink it’s history, it’s doctrine, and it’s practices to be more effective in the 21st century. Rick Lee James is one of the contributors to this book and proudly welcomes Joshua to his Podcast for a discussion on holiness renovated.

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