Back to Basics

The following article was written by our General Superintendents and first appeared on the denominational website: http://www.nazarene.org The Glory Barn is the original Church of the Nazarene in Los Angeles, California Wilderness seasons like COVID-19 are opportunities for reviewing our core identity as a church – our denominational DNA, as it were. Getting back to... Continue Reading →

The Wait

By: Ingrid Jocholá Who likes to wait? Waiting is the worst. We want everything to be instantaneous.  We often pray for years for people to know the Lord, but in the end we give them up as lost causes because we believe that the response has dragged on longer than we can wait. We must... Continue Reading →

A Community of Trust

By: Rev. Craig Shepperd In the 2000 comedy hit, Meet the Parents, Greg Focker (Ben Stiller’s character) meets his future in-laws for the first time. Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) wants to make sure Greg is worthy of his daughter. Jack lays out several tests for Greg to pass to insure he is capable of... Continue Reading →

Road to Reawakening

By: Rev. Craig Shepperd In my previous post I presented the church-going habits of multiple generations. I also proposed the possibility that, for some, perhaps their lack of attendance is less a statement of their faith, and more of a statement about an overall discontentment of “doing church.” As suggested before, these days of the... Continue Reading →

Non Present

By: Rev. Craig Shepperd The current younger generations take a lot of flack concerning their lack of church attendance. I would agree to some degree it is concerning, but I think it is also a bit unfair. Here are two reasons why: Church attendance or even a lack thereof, does not ensure spiritual health. Diana... Continue Reading →

The Believers’ Buffet

By: Rev. Craig Shepperd In my previous article, I reflected on the church being minimized to our own individualistic pursuits. This “Church of Claus” approach interferes with the hope that worship becomes an audience of one (God), thus ultimately stunting our spiritual growth. Today, I want to continue down this same path. There is quite... Continue Reading →

The Church of Claus

By: Rev. Craig Shepperd Often the Christian life is approached as if it is an individual pursuit. There is very little thought given as to how the body of believers might enhance one’s spiritual well-being. Furthermore, the Church (like God) has been demoted in the life of the Christian, functioning as some institutional Santa Claus.... Continue Reading →

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