Absent but Present

By: Rev. Craig Shepperd We celebrated Easter Sunday a few weeks ago. In this season we are reminded that, in the resurrection, we hold onto a great hope. Jesus has conquered sin, death, and the grave. The Church, thus, serves the world by proclaiming this hope. We point people to this truth: in spite of... Continue Reading →

The Church in Identity Crisis

By: Rev. Craig Shepperd Abstract: This essay is about the opportunity that the current COVID-19 crisis presents the church to reclaim her missional identity. It suggests that the Church has grown so comfortable in doing church that we forgot to be the church. This doing has since become what we now mean when we refer... Continue Reading →

40 Days of Prayer

Every year, as a Region, we encourage all congregations to join in 40 Days of Prayer Prior to Pentecost. For that reason, Regional Nazarene Missions International (NMI) has prepared prayer requests for each day, which can be downloaded at the following link: 40 DAYS OF PRAYER PRIOR TO PENTECOST - 2020.   These 40 days... Continue Reading →

Still on Mission

I got the text at 11pm three weeks ago.  A fellow missionary had sent me an image printed with the words, "Notice: By instructions from the Board of General Superintendents of the Church of the Nazarene, all missionary activity around the world has been canceled." I sat up in bed.  I knew this was false. ... Continue Reading →

Sing A New Song

Whenever the Israelites experienced a season where God did something momentous in their midst, they sang a new song. Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of His faithful people. (Psalm 149:1) As the people of God on this Resurrection Sunday, we prepare to celebrate the new life that Jesus brings... Continue Reading →

Easter: Full of Life

It is a little paradoxical to write about Easter in the middle of Lent, but every year we pastors prepare our Easter sermons during the heart of the sacrifice and fasting that Lent brings, so the practice makes sense. In many of our countries, Easter is the day people return to the normalcy of work... Continue Reading →

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