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Fall 2011

Current ThemeThe Way of Holiness

In our hurry up, bustling, secular world it is essential that we pause and consider the matter of holiness. Why is holiness so important? It is a solemn thing to hear the Word of God say, "Without holiness no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14). God calls us to be holy because He is holy. What then is true biblical holiness? For some, this is a hard question to answer. Nonetheless, it is imperative that we address the subject of holiness in light of its eternal significance on those to whom we minister week after week and to our own lives. In the next issue of Enrichment, we will examine the theological foundations of holiness; compare and contrast true holiness with pseudo-holiness; outline best practices for ministers to cultivate holiness through worship, preaching, and discipleship; and offer guidelines for cultivating holiness individually, corporately, and socially.

Read interesting and thought-provoking essays from Craig Bloomberg, Dan Crabtree, Jennifer Gale, Cheryl Bridges Johns, Byron Klaus, Howard A. Snyder, Carol Taylor, Derek Tidball, Gary Tyra, George O. Wood, and others.

 

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Theme Articles

INTRODUCTION

Richard L. Schoonover

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty” (Isaiah 6:3) What Does It Mean to Say God Is Holy?

DEREK TIDBALL

This single vision in which Isaiah encounters God in the temple emphasizes three aspects of God’s holiness: His sovereign transcendence, His moral purity, and His costly grace.

The Fulfilled Life: Rediscovering the Transforming Power of Santification

DAN CRABTREE

Providing biblical teaching on living a holy life can provide spiritual freedom to the people in your congregation.

Holiness and the Five Calls of God

Howard A. Snyder

What are the five calls of God, and what do they have to do with holiness?

Interview - Holiness: Living Like Christ

Byron Klaus, Don Meyer, Carol Taylor

In terms of people, holiness is about moral purity and covenantal love. But without theological foundations concerning the character of God and the doctrine of sanctification, many have mistaken notions about holiness.

Defeating Pharisaism: Jesus’ Critique of Pseudo-Holiness

Gary J. Tyra

What we must ask ourselves is: To what degree are Pharisaic patterns of behavior present in our lives and churches?

Contagious Holiness Over Dinner?

CRAIG L. BLOMBERG

Jesus befriended sinners because He believed that His holiness was contagious. His friendship with sinners serves as a model for helping people experience God’s transforming grace.

In the Splendor of His Holiness: Practical Guide for Public Worship

STEPHEN PHIFER

We must ask ourselves four questions before we can lead worship that is relevant, transformative, and authentic.

It Adds Up: Colossians as a Guide for Discipling People Toward Holiness

Jennifer Gale

Paul’s passionate commitment to the Colossian church provides a pattern that makes prayer, proclamation, and presence a priority for discipling people toward holiness.

Cultivating a Heart for Holiness

Cheryl Bridges Johns

In a sinful world, how is it possible to live a life of personal holiness? The journey calls for the reshaping of our affections.

Moving Beyond the Barriers: Restoring Corporate Holiness

L. Alton Garrison

Numerous barriers exist to corporate holiness. However, two areas are becoming critical barriers in our modern society.

Holiness in the City

George Dallas McKinney

The urban crises that demand attention from the church and from faith-based agencies are spiritual problems that require spiritual solutions.

IN CLOSING

George Paul Wood

From the General Superintendent

Preaching Holiness

George O. Wood

When preaching on holiness, there are four specific topics we must consider.

Column Articles

In Context

The Three Pillars of Jesus’ Faith

Marc Turnage

MANAGING THE MAYHEM OF MINISTRY

From Creation to Creativity: Where Are God’s Big Ideas in Your Ministry?

Cal LeMon

MOVING LEADERS FORWARD

Don’t Shirk the Dirty Work

Glenn Reynolds

LEAD LONG…LEAD STRONG

He Sets the Lonely in Families (Psalm 68:6)

Scott Hagan

Dealing With Doubters

Why Is the New Testament Silent on Slavery — or Is It?

Paul Copan

MINISTRY AND MEDICAL ETHICS

Bioethics by the Bedside: Principles for Pastoral Care

Christina M.H. Powell

Clergy, Church & Law

Carrying Guns on Church Property

Richard R. Hammar

Q&A for Ministry Wives

Spiritually Dry

Gabriele Rienas

 

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