The Center for Faith & Culture—Olivet Nazarene University


A Missional Framework for Holiness Ministry in Our Post-Christian Culture


In his recent book The Mission of God, Christopher Wright wrote, 

"This worldview, constituted by putting the mission of God at the very center of our existence, is disturbingly subversive and it uncomfortably relativizes one’s own place in the great scheme of things. It is certainly a very healthy corrective to the egocentric obsession of much Western culture – including, sadly, even Western Christian culture. It constantly forces us to open our eyes to the big picture, rather than shelter in the cozy narcissism of our own small worlds." (534)

Wright describes both the challenge facing discipleship and the solution: an "egocentric" culture that manifests itself in individualism, consumerism, and materialism; and a worldview that puts "the mission of God at the very center of our existence." As the core of discipleship content, this missional worldview is necessary for shaping a people out of Western culture and into the kingdom of God, a community of generous and sacrificial love.

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Competing Messages of the Holiness Mission

The spring of 1901 witnessed an interesting mix of holiness parties in the city of Chicago.  In March the Metropolitan Church Association began its highly publicized Chicago Holiness Convention.  In May the National Holiness Association held its General Holiness Assembly.   Since the Holiness Convention continued into May both groups met in the First Methodist Church but in different locations and at different times.   While several NHA delegates, including Nazarenes, attended and participated in the MCA convention, the two meetings revealed contrasting understandings of the holiness movement.   The General Holiness Assembly represented the more moderate holiness voices, some of whom remained within the traditional churches, while others had formed independent holiness churches like the Church of the Nazarene.   They focused their preaching on the doctrine of entire sanctification.  The Holiness Convention reflected an emerging radical holiness movement that called for separation from the traditional churches into independent holiness churches.  More importantly, they promoted other issues along with entire sanctification: physical demonstration in worship as well as unique views on church finance and divine healing. The radical holiness movement’s understanding of what it meant to live by faith gave them a particular perspective on finance and health care.   

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“For Such A Time As This” The Role of Holiness in Youth Ministry


Esther 4:13,14

13Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, "Do not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

You can tell that Jewish scholars and theologians have a great understanding of history and tradition by their belief that that they are only one generation away from being extinct as a people. Their diligence and perseverance to continue the movement of their faith, is something not just out of tradition, but also out of necessity.

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