David Z Nowell

David Z Nowell

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Nowell’s prophetic call strikes like a hammer on the anvil of Scripture, yet alongside the ringing iron is a whisper of grace.

New Horizon

There comes a time to walk away. Like, perhaps . . . now. When I was in graduate school, one of my fellow students was (as are most graduate students), let’s just say a bit full of himself. In one of our seminars, he leaned back in his seat, looked at the professor, and said, “Dr. Christian, how does one become a well-established author?” Dr. C started just a bit and then grinned. Well, first you need to have something to say. I think I took Dr. C’s words to heart many years ago and have tried not to write …

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PRAYER FOR HOPE: 30 Days, 30 Faces

THE POWER OF PRAYER IS NOT IN THOSE WHO PRAY, BUT IN THE GOD WHO ANSWERS THEIR DEEPEST CRIES. At Hope Unlimited for Children we have seen God display His power in response to earnest prayer over and over again. Doors that would have remained closed have been opened. Hearts hardened beyond belief have changed. Children’s lives have transformed—and today their own children experience the benefit of our long-ago prayers. Next month we will begin 30 Days of Prayer for Hope. On each of the 30 days leading up to Orphan Sunday (November 8), Hope supporters will receive an email …

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A relevant church does not . . .

This post originally published here on June 2, 2014. When I see followers of Christ disengage from the church, I start to worry. About them, yes, but more about the church. That is especially true when I hear them say they find the church largely irrelevant to what God is doing in their lives and in the world. Irrelevant. A really, really important word. I have to confess that I have not worked out all it means to be relevant, but I think I know it when I see it. I also know what it is not, and it seems …

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Lessons from an absent father

Indulge me a bit here if you don’t mind, and perhaps we will stumble across an insight along the way. Dad would have turned 100 on September 2nd—tomorrow. I wish he were here to mark his centennial with his family, but instead he’s been an absent father — gone almost a quarter of a century, a victim of a physical heart not nearly as strong as his true heart. But perhaps in his absence, there has been some room made for growth of those he left behind. Dad was a typical small-town Baptist pastor, passionate about his faith, but not …

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