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Responding to Concerned Nazarenes

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For my Nazarene friends, here’s an index to some thoughts about the “Concerned Nazarenes” DVD that was distributed at General Assembly.  CN is a fundamentalist group with strong ideas about the emergent church phenomenon and its relationship to the Church of the Nazarene.  Their DVD is reviewed by a fellow named Jeffrey at A Considered Response to the Concerned Nazarenes.  The comments seem thoughtful and respectfull.

Index to the Review of the Concerned Nazarene’s DVD

Given the fact that the review I posted of the Concerned Nazarenes’ DVD was posted in five separate parts, I wanted to provide a post that would give users easy sequential access to the information. Below you will find links to each of the five posts. The entire review was written by Ryan Scott and provides helpful information and what seem to me to be valid critiques and concerns without resorting to personal attacks or diatribes.

  1. Introduction and Chapter 1 of the DVD
  2. Chapter 2 and 3 of the DVD
  3. Chapter 4 of the DVD
  4. Chapter 5 of the DVD
  5. General Critiques and Final Conclusions
What’cha think?

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August 31, 2009 at 9:55 am

Nazarenes elect non-North American General Superintendent

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The denomination of which I am a member (the Church of the Nazarene) has officially aspired to international leadership since shortly after its beginnings in 1908. But, like so many organizations that were first mostly North American, coming to a point where we of the USA and Canada would allow others to lead us has taken a long, long time.

Finally, the men and women of the 23rd Quadrennial Assembly, meeting in Orlando, have taken a step toward making internationalization believable.

Bravo and amen to them.

Dr. Eugenio Duarte

Dr. Eugenio Duarte

On the 7th ballot, receiving 783 out of 959 valid ballots cast, the 2009 General Assembly Church of the Nazarene has elected the first General Superintendent outside of USA and Canada.

Dr. Eugenio Duarte currently serves as the regional director of the Africa Region. Born and raised in the Cape Verde Islands, he has served as pastor and district superintendent, before being appointed to regional and field leadership roles.

He and his wife Maria Teresa have three grown children, and live in Johannesburg, South Africa where the regional office is located.

This historic moment in the Church of the Nazarene was greeted by thunderous applause from the delegates and the gallery. Many of the African delegates responded with joyful singing, flag-waving, and surrounding Dr. Duarte with hugs. After several moments of cheering, clapping, singing (and even lifting Dr. Duarte into the air), he was escorted to the platform, declared elected, and invited to speak.

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New Oaks Church

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This blog is my own – I’m not speaking for New Oaks Church when I share blogged opinions. But since it is my privilege to serve as one of New Oaks’ pastors, people sometimes pop up here who are curious about it. Here’s just a little.

Mission Our Mission and Values

Seems to us that Jesus Christ is about extending relationships: from God to us, from us to us (as I come to understand myself through God’s eyes), and from us to others – those who know him well, only a little, or not at all. We keep calling ourselves back to growing relationships in what we do, how we interact, and how we give and spend.

Authenticity in that mission, for us, comprises four values – you see them on the tree. Pursuing the mission needs to be beautiful, and we hope to keep it that way.

Those happiest here are people who assume they will find God changing them into someone they like more and more, and who expect their church to be an aid to that process.

Getting together

We gather to worship on Sundays at 10:30. Same purpose as above: Growing relationships with God, self, and others.
Many of us gather in small groups at different times through the week. Same purpose as above.
And children and their parents gather on most Wednesday nights at 6:30 for Creation Station. Guess what its purpose might be.


If our purpose seems like it might be useful to you, too, you are so welcome at our gatherings.

We do not dress up – for the gospel is for people who have no dress up clothes at least as much as it is for those who do.

In addition, there are many Mexican and Guatemalan families in our town, some of whom wonder if they are welcome at Washington’s mostly-white churches. My answer is Estan Uds. en su iglesia aqui.

Finding us

New Oaks’ building is located at 1506 N. 5th Avenue in Washington, IA, USA. Follow 4th Avenue north about 1 mile from Iowa Highway 92. Turn right at E. 15th. You’ll see it. Click here for a map. Washington is about 35 minutes south of the Iowa City area’s Interstate 80/380 interchange.

Is it part of a denomination?

New Oaks’ full name is Washington New Oaks Church of the Nazarene. The Church of the Nazarene is an international body that seeks to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the whole world. More details on the COTN worldwide are available at

Contact Us

Any comment left on this blog posts to my email as well.
For more private communication, you may email me at
And you may leave a message for me at the church’s office: 319-653-4649 (though most of my work is done away from the building and it may take me a few days to get back to you. Email works best.)

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August 4, 2006 at 12:10 pm

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Homosexuality: a theologically conservative—and inclusive—view

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It’s almost a truism that Christian conservatives see homosexuality as evil.

J. Kenneth GriderBut consider this courageous 1999 paper of the late Dr. J. Kenneth Grider, long regarded as a voice of conservatism among theologians of the Church of the Nazarene* (and of Wesleyans generally).  You just might be surprised.

I’ve reproduced the first two pages to give you the feel of it, followed by a link to the entire 45-page .pdf. And I’ll guess that there are some insights here you haven’t heard before.

He begins with a question of compassion . . .

Grider p1

Grider p2

Click below for the paper in its entirety. Intriguing reading!

Wesleyans and Homosexuality by J. Kenneth Grider

Care to share your thoughts?

*I should probably note the obvious: Dr. Grider spoke (as do I!) for himself and not for the Church of the Nazarene, the WTS, ONU, or NTS.

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Iowa District Ministerial Credentials at new site

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The Iowa District (Church of the Nazarene) Ministerial Credentials pages now have their own blog. Click here or cut and paste this address in your browser:

See you there!

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April 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

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