HNW Blog

When Holiness Seems Pointless by Steve Bezner
February 21st, 2022
“Do not quench the Spirit.”—1 Thessalonians 5:19Somewhere along the way, holiness lost its luster.The priests in the Bible wore a sign on their foreheads inscribed with the words, “Holy Unto the Lord.” The wording made it plain—the priests were to do the work of the Lord, and to do his work alone.When I was younger in the faith and in life, I took this understanding of holine......
When You Feel Hard-Hearted by Steve Bezner
February 21st, 2022
But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first.—Revelation 2:4The world feels harder these days.I don’t use the word “harder” in the sense of more difficult, although you could certainly make that argument. I use “harder” to mean cynical, grizzled, and suspicious. We are, on the whole, meaner these days—hardened by two years of pandemic living, partisan division, and pla...
The Failure of Liturgy by Steve Bezner
February 21st, 2022
In later years, evangelicals have discovered liturgy. We are reciting more creeds, confessions, and prayers than ever before. We are taking the Supper more often. When I was a child, most Baptist churches took the Supper quarterly so that it would be “special.” Now more and more churches opt for a weekly observance. More of us are celebrating Advent and Lent, incorporating the church calendar into...
God Doesn’t Need You by Steve Bezner
February 21st, 2022
Elijah replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”—1 Kings 19:10I’ve wanted to “do great things for God” as long as I can remember. I think that’s a good thing. I love my church, and I love encouraging a...
When You Are Tired by Steve Bezner
January 29th, 2022
I do believe; help my unbelief!—Mark 9:24I wanted to quit in June of 2020. I was tired, for a number of reasons. Our church had just emerged from a 26 month-long rebuilding process in the wake of a hurricane. Our campus was devastated (along with the neighborhood). COVID argumentation was at its peak. George Floyd’s death sparked a national response. It was an election year, and rhetoric was heate...
Tending the Garden by Steve Bezner
December 31st, 2021
Therefore, brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.—James 5:7I haven’t written much lately. I didn’t write much in 2021, to be honest. The reasons could be myriad; there certainly was a lot happening. But, if I’m honest, I was quiet for a season becau...
Welcome Kendall Chapman
August 31st, 2021
Join us in welcoming Kendall Chapman to HNW's staff as the newest member of the Worship Arts Ministry. Kendall came to HNW through Tyler, our new Student Minister. "It was kind of a few random, crazy connections that got us both here." Kendall and Tyler both worked at a summer camp that partners with churches to put on a program for elementary aged kids (they were assigned to HNW this summer!) Thr...
Through Jesus I Am "Good Enough"
July 15th, 2021
I found myself one morning sitting on a park bench next to the pond near my house with my head in my hands and tears in my eyes trying to understand how life could have gotten this bad. ...
A Convicted Felon Finds Jesus
April 13th, 2021
Recently an inmate requested to make a call from my office. He was incarcerated for the murder of his daughter's husband -- his singular, yet tragic, offense. After the arrest, and for the entire length of his trial and incarceration, he never received a letter, a visit, or a phone call....
The Application of Grace by Steve Bezner
April 11th, 2021
The Application of Grace by Steve Bezner. Click to read more!...

Recent Blogs

Other Blogs