Uncommon Stories from Everyday Nazarenes Stories of faith, sacrifice, commitment and sheer grit are part of the foundation and fabric of the Church of the Nazarene. Read about the extraordinary, everyday people of faith who overcame great odds and made life-changing sacrifices for the sake of the church. Such as, the theologian who started in a converted chicken-coop, the district superintendent from skid row, the pastor extraordinaire who was elected to the beer board, and the Nazarene ’Mother Teresa.’ Every effective movement in Christian history succeeded because unsung heroes gave themselves to a great cause. That cause for the Nazarenes was holiness of heart and life. Each story is alive, filled with a magnetic heartbeat, and provides a bridge to connect contemporary believers with unsung heroes of the past. These stories about very human people will nourish your spirit and remind you of the amazing delight of livng the Christ-led life. Classic Writings from Builders of Our Faith Phineas F. Bresee, J.B. Chapman, H. Orton Wiley, Bud Robinson, Mildred Bangs Wynkoop, these and many others were heralds who sounded the clarion call to holiness for their generations. Now within these pages we have a chance to hear their sweet tones again. In a time before radio and television, writing was used to proclaim and explain the distinctive doctrine of holiness. This text is a compilation of excerpts from articles, sermons, and books by the sages of the Holiness Movement. To read their writing is to sit on the front row of Nazarene history and to build an even greater future on the legacy left in trust for present day Nazarenes. Classic Writings is a magnificent doorway into the thoughts and dreams of those who came before us. As you celebrate the timeless writings that have shaped our beliefs in the Nazarene church, you will strengthen your faith in the holiness message.
Dr. Neil B. Wiseman’s involvement in pastoral development includes 15 years teaching at Nazarene Bible College, pastoring local congregations, directing clergy services for the denomination, and teaching and serving as college chaplain at Trevecca Nazarene University at Nashville.Wiseman served as founding editor of GROW magazine and continued for eleven years in that assignment. He founded and directed the Small Church Institute for ten years. He started a monthly audio sermon resource for pastors called Preaching Today. He also produced two audio clubs called the Layman’s Tape Club and the Minister’s Tape Club.Wiseman was the founder and director of the first PALCON (Pastor’s Leadership Conferences). His development of ministers in the classroom includes courses in preaching, spiritual formation, life and work of the minister, and leadership. And he now serves as a resource person in pastors’ retreats or continuing events-having been on more than 30 districts in three years.He now gives his full attention to writing and speaking in pastors’ retreats, laypersons’ retreat, and continuing education events for ministers. L. Wayne Sears served as pastor for 32 years and as an evangelist for 4 years. He is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Kansas State Teacher’s College.
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