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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. the power of disengagement?

    We spent some time in an area of the northern plains that was about evenly split between Roman Catholics and a pietistic version of Lutheranism. It...

    Started by Sarah Smith, Yesterday 10:33 AM
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  2. Great quote from Kent Brower

    The ordination of women to ministry in the Church of the Nazarene is a given. We do not ordain women because societal trends are moving toward...

    Started by Cam Pence, Yesterday 06:19 PM
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  3. 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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  4. change agents???

    This will be a quick post on a busy day, and may not be able to access replies until Monday :) No matter what the denom I'm seeing so much out...

    Started by Sarah Smith, May 20th, 2017 08:21 AM
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    June 11th, 2017 06:10 PM Go to last post
  5. Nazarene/Wesleyan Functionalism...

    Now right up front I must say that this post will be monumental...for me, if no one else. In retirement and at a place in life where it matters...

    Started by Wes Smith, June 5th, 2017 10:09 AM
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    June 10th, 2017 08:30 PM Go to last post
  6. Truth...

    In times when I am thinking and trying to figure out what is going on in our overall Christian culture, it really does seem to me that "truth" is...

    Started by Wes Smith, May 26th, 2017 10:56 AM
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  7. 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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  8. Overalls that go all the way to the ground

    I'm on a business trip at the moment, which means that I'm eating in restaurants for every meal. Not just that but I'm eating in restaurants on...

    Started by Benjamin Hobbs, May 22nd, 2017 07:22 PM
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    June 3rd, 2017 12:26 AM Go to last post
  9. The Ascension

    So our pastor is going away for his birthday. I was asked to fill in. I'm not ordained and not licensed and yet I'm still asked to do these things....

    Started by Doug Kitchen, May 23rd, 2017 08:23 PM
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  10. I could almost get spiritual about this

    Being retired, I need to withdraw some money each year from my Nazarene Fidelity account. So, on Wednesday I initiated the paper work. One thing I...

    Started by G R 'Scott' Cundiff, May 19th, 2017 10:36 AM
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    May 26th, 2017 09:43 AM Go to last post
  11. My first sermon on social justice

    All this year, the chapel theme is "Do not be conformed, but be transformed" (Romans 12:1-2). Likewise, Africa Nazarene University's motto is: "What...

    Started by Greg Crofford, May 24th, 2017 01:17 PM
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  12. The selection of Matthias

    The outward sign of grace perhaps, not the grace itself, the actual grace is only administered by God himself. Let's not get carried away with this...

    Started by Jim Chabot, April 27th, 2017 05:45 AM
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  13. She only said "Yes" Once

    A friend posted a link to this on FB. Well worth reading .... and sharing. http://foreverymom.com/marriage/she-only-said-yes-once-reggie-osborne/

    Started by Glenn Messer, April 25th, 2017 08:45 PM
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  14. Poll Poll: The myth of church growth, the number zero, and the Kingdom

    I have been more and more hearing from various pastors promoting an idea found in the book "Kingdom Matrix" called the myth of church growth....

    Started by Gary Creely, April 29th, 2017 04:00 PM
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  15. Christian Life What is the role of confession...

    ...in providing good pastoral care? I am currently enrolled in a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. I made a visit yesterday where the patient...

    Started by Bill Evans, April 28th, 2017 01:45 PM
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    May 3rd, 2017 10:07 AM Go to last post
  16. Moved: are we a culture of the "unbonded"?

    Started by Sarah Smith, April 29th, 2017 11:31 AM
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  17. Bible Study What did Jesus mean when he said "he was not going to do away with the Law, but to fulfill it?

    The Law was to reveal sin, and the offerings were to atone for the sins of the people. Jesus taught that if a man lusts after a woman it is the same...

    Started by Lynn Blakely, April 17th, 2017 09:09 AM
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  18. Missing him the second time

    I had this thought and I'm sure that someone else has had it before, but I'd appreciate some constructive criticism. Very simply the observation...

    Started by Benjamin Hobbs, April 25th, 2017 07:43 AM
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  19. Bible Study The Resurrected Christ

    I'm pondering the resurrected Christ in scripture a bit in this Easter season. Today, Christ is alive, still resurrected. Though we might say...

    Started by Jeremy D. Scott, April 23rd, 2017 09:48 PM
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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Bible Study Caiaphas Rending His Robes

    In both Matthew and Mark, we read about the high priest rending his robes upon his pronouncement that Jesus has blasphemed God and is worthy of...

    Started by David Troxler, April 12th, 2017 09:29 AM
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  23. Christian Life The Heart of Easter...

    Being retired has opened or created some windows for me. For the past 9 months, or so, I've been interim pastor at a lovely church in West...

    Started by Wes Smith, April 12th, 2017 03:31 PM
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  24. 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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  25. 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, March 24th, 2017 04:14 PM
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  26. Holiness for the MP3 generation - Part 2

    Here's the second installment of my four part series of essays based on Diane LeClerc's Discovering Christian Holiness: The Heart of...

    Started by Greg Crofford, April 10th, 2017 09:09 AM
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  27. Nazarenes Reject Strict Inerrancy

    Friends, I finally got around to writing a blog on the Scripture Study Committee document from the last General Assembly. Here's a link, if you're...

    Started by Thomas Oord, September 10th, 2013 02:11 PM
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  28. Holiness for the MP3 generation, Part 1

    Some here may be interested in my review of Part 1 of Diane LeClerc's Discovering Christian Holiness: The Heart of Wesleyan-Holiness Theology (Beacon...

    Started by Greg Crofford, April 3rd, 2017 02:42 AM
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  29. COTN view of Christian Universalism (and, as related, hell and pluralism)

    Layman here, and new to this forum... please forgive me if I do not word this clearly. I checked the history of this forum for opinions of...

    Started by Steve Hager, March 25th, 2017 10:22 PM
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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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    January 22nd, 2017 04:04 PM Go to last post
  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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    January 19th, 2017 09:32 AM Go to last post

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