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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Post Traditional Theology So what's the "Post Traditional Theology" tag about?

    In recent years, the general theology forum has turned into a battlefield rather than a discussion platform where we can actually learn from each...

    Started by Hans Deventer, April 24th, 2011 07:51 AM
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  1. Re-baptism

    I don't see an effective difference between someone "recommitting themselves" and someone affirming a baptism they had as a child. Surely there'd be...

    Started by Benjamin Hobbs, March 22nd, 2017 12:22 PM
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  2. Education Wondering where the COTN is headed in this bold new (post-christian) world.

    After reading the following article I was considering where the COTN is headed in preparing folks for life as Christians. I have not had any formal...

    Started by Duane Maynard, Today 04:14 PM
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  3. A Sacramental Mess??

    I am asking for your help, guidance or criticism. I had an interesting day to say the least. I was sitting in my office ready to leave when the...

    Started by Doug Ward, March 21st, 2017 08:38 PM
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  4. Christian Life Acceptable Christian Tracts

    I'm trying to work my way through an issue that has recently cropped up in my church. One of my members and local preacher is passionate about...

    Started by David Graham, March 20th, 2017 08:01 PM
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    March 21st, 2017 06:15 PM Go to last post
  5. The Shack -- Life, Suffering, Universalism, and the Trinity.

    I posted a review of "The Shack" on the movie forum, but thought I would introduce it as a theological topic as well. When I did a search to see if...

    Started by Marsha Lynn, March 11th, 2017 10:25 AM
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  6. Cynical Believer

    Life circumstances of over 4 decades has brought me to this current description of my spiritual life. I suspect that I'm not alone. I don't mean...

    Started by Tim Bourland, December 28th, 2013 10:10 PM
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  7. Assessing spiritual formation - Is it possible?

    One of the great challenges in psychotherapy is assessing treatment modalities. In other words, it is difficult to know, during the course of...

    Started by Mike Schutz, March 15th, 2017 08:31 PM
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    March 17th, 2017 10:29 AM Go to last post
  8. Bible Study Where did Pentecost take place?

    In Acts 2 it says "they" were all in one place on the Day of Pentecost. It then says a loud sound filled the whole house where they were sitting. ...

    Started by David Pettigrew, March 7th, 2017 05:37 AM
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  9. On nails and hammers

    How do we handle diversity in the church? Click to read more: https://gregorycrofford.com/2017/03/07/on-nails-and-hammers/ But what do YOU...

    Started by Greg Crofford, March 7th, 2017 12:58 AM
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  10. Is the Dan Bohi controversy over?

    I haven't heard his name in a while, and I wonder if that has played itself out.

    Started by Roy Richardson, January 14th, 2017 05:38 PM
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  11. Catchy slogan, bad theology

    This little essay was prompted by a FB status of a friend. He mentioned that he was tired of church people excusing their hurtful comments by...

    Started by Greg Crofford, February 25th, 2017 11:02 PM
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  12. Do you think this is a relevant issue for the CotN?

    This morning David Fitch posted this on Facebook - If the majority of a denomination's people no longer understand what one of its central tenets...

    Started by Mike Schutz, February 27th, 2017 07:37 AM
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  13. Authority...

    My musing/meditation this morning has ventured, or adventured, about the place the Bible plays in my life, specifically. And, some related thoughts...

    Started by Wes Smith, February 9th, 2017 09:27 AM
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  14. Luke 6 -- The Sermon on the Plain

    I have been trying to work ahead on my Sunday School lessons. Thus, I've been living with Luke 6 for a couple of weeks now. "Love your enemies, do...

    Started by Marsha Lynn, February 14th, 2017 12:37 PM
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  15. Theology and Creation

    From the hand of my daughter. It is quite good. http://whollyofholies.com/2017/02/24/image-of-god-dust-of-the-earth/

    Started by Doug Ward, February 23rd, 2017 09:11 PM
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  16. Leadership Training for Pastors

    How strong of an education were you given for leadership as pastor? I ask this because I starting my own small business selling essential oils and...

    Started by Susan Unger, February 14th, 2017 10:20 AM
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  17. Nazarene/Wesleyan The Sign of the Cross? Yay or Nay?

    I'm curious as to how many ministers in our denomination practice the sign of the cross in their church life, personal prayers, etc. I'd love to hear...

    Started by Sean Dodd, February 14th, 2017 12:48 AM
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  18. Current Issues Mixed Orientation Marriages

    Perhaps this is a spin-off of the Wesleyan View of Homosexuality thread. I have recently encountered a married couple seeking direction regarding...

    Started by Bill Evans, February 10th, 2017 09:58 AM
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  19. Jonah's commissioning

    In several discussions I had over the weekend I heard statements which assumed that Jonah was already called a prophet prior to the opening narrative...

    Started by Benjamin Hobbs, February 6th, 2017 12:49 PM
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  20. Christian Life Can These Bones Live?

    In June 2013 I started a thread about going a new direction. Basically, it involved focusing on ministry outside the local church. Not all that much...

    Started by Marsha Lynn, January 11th, 2017 11:14 AM
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  21. Thoughts after a cancer ward visit

    I believe in the resurrection. Read more below: https://gregorycrofford.com/2017/02/05/thoughts-after-a-cancer-ward-visit/ Pastorally, I like...

    Started by Greg Crofford, February 4th, 2017 10:42 PM
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  22. A Pastoral Question

    The following question is raised pastorally and is an outgrowth of the much longer thread on a Wesleyan Defense of Homosexuality. I decided to start...

    Started by David Troxler, January 19th, 2017 10:45 AM
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  23. Wesleyan defense of homosexuality?

    Can anybody point me to any books or articles that make the case for the acceptance of homosexual marriage from a Wesleyan perspective?

    Started by Dave Mann, October 11th, 2013 09:16 PM
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  24. Sermon Series on the Minor Prophets

    I'm working on putting together a series on the Minor Prophets for this summer. I'm intending to spend between 12-16 weeks, giving a survey of all...

    Started by Jon Twitchell, June 2nd, 2010 09:08 AM
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  25. Where are we going?

    There has been a lot of discussion in the CofN across the past 30 years about where the denomination is headed. Part of the angst that has...

    Started by Dennis Bratcher, January 18th, 2017 11:55 AM
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  26. value of neighborhood church?

    Marsha asked me in her thread why I attend the church I do and not another, and I gave a brief answer so as not to derail that thread. I have...

    Started by Sarah Smith, January 16th, 2017 02:50 PM
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  27. Church Baby Steps

    In a different Nazarene church this morning, a pastor friend will be dedicating three babies. Two single parent sisters will be presenting their...

    Started by Dennis M. Scott, January 15th, 2017 05:32 AM
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  28. Does God punish people for unconfessed sin?

    High profile TV Bishop Eddie Long settled with several young men that allege he sexually abused them. He never confessed. He remained at his...

    Started by Bob Hunter, December 29th, 2016 10:44 AM
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  29. economics, sin, and modern day not gleaning corners

    Emiko and I, in another thread, are hopefully learning from each other different views on greed. It started me thinking about a regional company I...

    Started by Sarah Smith, December 29th, 2016 11:13 AM
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  30. Amazon Kindle edition of MERE ECCLESIOLOGY now available

    Several expressed interest in the e-book version of my new book, Mere Ecclesiology: Finding Your Place in the Church's Mission (Wipf & Stock, 2016)....

    Started by Greg Crofford, January 11th, 2017 08:49 AM
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  31. Old Earth

    I started warming up to an old earth belief after realizing that we exceeded the Creation Week Model for Human History, meaning God was supposedly...

    Started by Mark Clary, May 9th, 2016 03:05 PM
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  32. Praying for healing

    I'm really struggling right now with my theology of prayer for healing. On one side I know we are to pray, and we see signs that say "Prayer changes...

    Started by Roy Richardson, December 28th, 2016 05:15 PM
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  33. Bible Study How Would It Affect YOUR Christianity?

    How would it affect your Christianity if you awakened tomorrow to discover that all aspects and vestiges of the Old Testament had been removed from...

    Started by Wes Smith, November 30th, 2016 09:53 AM
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  34. Covetousness

    In a different thread someone suggested it would be covetous for someone to want to make laws that "force" the rich to help meet the needs of the...

    Started by Emiko Cothran, December 22nd, 2016 11:39 PM
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  35. A review of Maddix's and LeClerc's ESSENTIAL BELIEFS: A WESLEYAN PRIMER

    I thought that NazNetters may appreciate my review of Mark Maddix and Diane LeClerc (eds.), Essential Beliefs: A Wesleyan Primer (Beacon Hill, 2016):...

    Started by Greg Crofford, December 23rd, 2016 01:07 PM
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  36. Salvation, Athiests, and "Good News?"

    How do you approach athiests with the "good news" of salvation... and how should we? Why is the story I often hear so ugly? Shouldn't the "good...

    Started by Emiko Cothran, December 19th, 2016 04:34 PM
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  37. The counterintuitive God

    It's Advent, and I've been pondering the Christ event again: https://gregorycrofford.com/2016/12/18/the-counterintuitive-god/ All the best, ...

    Started by Greg Crofford, December 18th, 2016 12:25 AM
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  38. Bible Study Kinsman redeemer

    I've just been reading Ruth as part of my daily devotions and in chapter 4 we read of 2 Kinsman Redeemers. One of whom we are generally familiar...

    Started by David Graham, December 12th, 2016 05:14 PM
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  39. Bible Study The highway of holiness

    Those of us un the "holiness" tradition will be familiar with Isaiah 35: 8; "And a highway will be there, a roadway. It will be called the highway of...

    Started by David Graham, December 13th, 2016 05:30 PM
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  40. Incarnation and holiness

    I've been thinking about Christmas: https://gregorycrofford.com/2016/12/11/incarnation-and-holiness/

    Started by Greg Crofford, December 11th, 2016 02:23 PM
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  41. MERE ECCLESIOLOGY now availalbe in paperback at Wipf & Stock

    Dear fellow NazNetters, I'm pleased to announce that my new book, Mere Ecclesiology: Finding Your Place in the Church's Mission (Wipf & Stock,...

    Started by Greg Crofford, December 5th, 2016 08:48 PM
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  42. Africa and the re-enchantment of the West

    Here's an essay I wrote up today on what seems to be a convergence between Western and sub-Saharan worldviews: ...

    Started by Greg Crofford, December 4th, 2016 01:20 PM
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  43. Confessions of an Adult Christian

    I thought some might be interested in this article: Confessions of an Adult Christian: What I Learned from My First Bible Class Grace and...

    Started by Dennis Bratcher, November 30th, 2016 08:34 AM
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  44. Compassion and justice, God's two strong arms

    Psalm 146 is amazing! I hadn't noticed the compassion/justice theme until I re-read the psalm the other day: ...

    Started by Greg Crofford, November 12th, 2016 05:52 AM
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  45. End Of The Age

    If the "end of the age" really only means the end of the Jewish age in 70 AD, than what relevance does the Bible have for us today? If everything was...

    Started by Mark Clary, October 31st, 2016 08:18 AM
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  46. New book

    I woke up this morning to find an e-mail with the cover of my new book, Mere Ecclesiology: Finding Your Place in the Church's Mission (Wipf & Stock,...

    Started by Greg Crofford, November 22nd, 2016 12:13 AM
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  47. My New Mantra...

    "Wesleyan in life. Calvinist in death." Only confessing what I think is already widely practiced among us. We are better off functionally...

    Started by Wes Smith, November 2nd, 2016 09:53 AM
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    November 21st, 2016 08:27 AM Go to last post
  48. Holiness as compassionate advocacy

    Social justice is no distraction from our holiness message. Rather, it is at its very core. More here: ...

    Started by Greg Crofford, October 30th, 2016 10:48 AM
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  49. Where have all the theologians gone?

    I've been on Naznet since before the big crash. I always came here for the theological discussions primarily. But I have noticed that the theology...

    Started by Eric Frey, November 7th, 2016 07:46 AM
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    November 8th, 2016 08:57 PM Go to last post
  50. Is this a Wesleyan thing to say?

    Is it wrong to say "holiness is not sinlessness, holiness is relationship (with God)?"

    Started by Greg Gates, October 28th, 2016 11:37 PM
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    October 31st, 2016 12:19 PM Go to last post

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