“So proud to be part of this new book examining holiness for a new generation.” -Rick Lee James
Thomas Jay Oord and Josh Broward have published a book exploring what holiness means today. Renovating Holiness is comprised of more than 100 essays written by Millennial and Xer leaders in the Church of the Nazarene. Book contributors live on various continents, and they express the message of holiness in fresh, contextually relevant, and winsome ways.
The 2015 SacraSage Press book portrays holiness through the eyes of a new generation of Christians. “We have much to appreciate about the past,” says co-editor Oord. “But today holiness looks significantly different than it did 100, 50, or even 20 years ago. We need fresh articulations of what it means to be holy.”
“We have inherited a doctrine of sanctification that our grandparents built,” says co-editor Broward. “But their language doesn’t work in today’s world. And their thought structures feel cramped. Renovation is a must.”
Contributors to Renovating Holiness includes reflect various ethnicities, genders, and geographical locations. Contributors hail from more than 30 countries, and they represent the greatest diversity of Nazarenes ever included in one book.
Millennial and Xer essayists describe the holy life in conversation with scripture, cultures, and traditions. The book calls for changes in how we proclaim and live lives of holiness in the contemporary world.
“The reexamination of biblical holiness is the right and responsibility of the church in every generation,” says Church of the Nazarene General Superintendent emeritus, Jim L. Bond. “I commend Oord and Broward whose work can mark the beginning of this much needed discourse.”
Renovating Holiness can be purchased at renovatingholiness.com or on Amazon in print and electronic formats. Leaders in the Church of the Nazarene are encouraged to use the book to spark conversations among those they lead. A free group study guide is available, and discounts are given bulk orders.
Thomas Jay Oord is professor of theology at Northwest Nazarene University. He is the author of more than 20 books, a prominent theologian of love, and leader of various academic and popular projects exploring the most important questions of life.
Josh Broward is a pastor developing missional communities at Duneland Community Church of the Nazarene, an activist fighting human trafficking with Free The Girls, and adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University.
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.
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.
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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