Michael Christensen

Michael J. Christensen (M.A., Yale, Ph.D., Drew) is a professor, executive director, and ordained minister in The United Methodist Church. He is an author, speaker and practical theologian affiliated with Drew University in New Jersey, Nazarene Theological Society in Kansas City, and Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where he lives. He is a faculty member at the Episcopal School for Ministry in San Diego and at Northwind Institute (online). Currently (2019), he is teaching courses in Church History, Ecumenical Theology and Spiritual Formation.

Dr. Christensen’s Ph.D. dissertation and expertise is on “Apocalyptic Interpretations of the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster.” He has published eleven books and many articles on various topics of practical theology, spirituality and social justice, and leadership development, including: Equipping the Saints: Mobilizing Laity for Ministry; Children of Chernobyl: Raising Hope form the Ashes; The World After Chernobyl; City Streets, City People; C. S. Lewis on Scripture; Partakers of the Divine Nature: Deification in the Christian Traditions; and (with Rebecca Laird) three posthumous books by Henri Nouwen known as The Nouwen Trilogy: Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Formation and Discernment.

A noted C. S. Lewis scholar, Dr. Christensen is the author of C.S. Lewis on Scripture, contributor to the C.S. Lewis Bible, and taught courses on Lewis and the Inklings at Drew University over many years. In 2017, the C. S. Lewis Foundation appointed him Senior Fellow in the Scholars-in-Residence Program at the C.S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kiln in Oxford.

Dr. Christensen is Founder/CEO of WorldHope Corps, USA and WorldHope Malawi—which drills village wells, provides educational scholarships, sponsors community health initiatives, and conducts leadership training in Malawi, Uganda and elsewhere. www.worldhopecorps.org

Works by this author

Language: English

Herald of Holiness - December 1, 1984

William E. McCumber
William M. Greathouse
John W. May
Michael Christensen
Galen D. Wilcox
A. Brent Cobb
Viola Jacobson Berg
Kenneth Vogt
Eric E. Wiggin
Alton Hacker
Howard Culbertson
Leita Twyeffort
Gary Skagerberg
Connie Unknown
Marion K Rich
Evelyn Stenbock Ditty
Sue Prentice
William Goodman
David W. Restrick
A bible juxtaposed over a globe.

IN THIS ISSUE:
2 Immanuel – The God of Compassion, General Superintendent: William M. Greathouse
3 The Greatest Commandment of All, John W. May
4 Letters
5 “You Did It to Me”, Michael J. Christensen
6 Publish or Perish, Galen D. Wilcox
8 God’s Book is Alive, A. Brent Cobb
9 His Book (a Poem), Viola Jacobson Berg
9 The Terrible Burden of Submission, Kenneth Vogt
10 Margaret’s Choice, Eric E. Wiggin
11 A Prayer for My Tongue (a Poem), Alton Hacker
12 Escaping Golden Claws, Howard Culbertson

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Herald of Holiness - December 1, 1985

William E. McCumber
Raymond W. Hurn
Elaine Cunningham
Albert J. Lown
Stanley Burgess
Michael Christensen
Steve Weber
Bob Prescott
Connie Allmand
Ross Hayslip
Charles H. Hayes
James Lee West
Chris E. Fosback
Debbie Hedstrom
Jerry McCant
Evelyn Stenbock Ditty
Kenneth Vogt
A gilded Bible with a lit oil-lamp.

IN THIS ISSUE:
2 Miraculous Power in the Word of God, General Superintendent: Raymond W. Hurn
3 The Books in a Chapter, Elaine Cunningham
4 Letters
5 Why Believe the Bible?, Albert J. Lown
6 In the Flyleaf of My Bible (a Poem), Stanley Burgess
6 With Liberty and Justice for All, Michael J. Christensen
8 Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Steve Weber and Bob Prescott
10 Excess Baggage, Connie Allmand
11 The Glorious Book, Ross W. Hayslip
12 Louder than Words, Charles H. Hayes

English
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Herald of Holiness - December 15, 1988

William E. McCumber
J. Grant, Jr. Swank
Curt Bowers
Ruth Wood Vaughn
Michael Christensen
J. Michael Curry
Donna Gilbert
C. Neil Strait
William Goodman
Alice Hansche Mortenson
Sara Ann DuBose
Mark R. Littleton
E. Ruth Glover
Raymond W. Hurn
Al Truesdale
Lorene Whittington
Stan Ingersol
Scott Meador
Connie Unknown
A Christmas arrangement of red and white poinsettias, two white taper candles, a violin, and a sheet music of Silent Night.

ARTICLES
4 Christmas Kindnesses, J. Grant Swank, Jr.
6 Happy Birthday, Randi, Curt Bowers
7 My Greatest Treasure, Ruth Wood Vaughn
10 Joey’s Christmas, Michael J. Christensen
12 Restitution Brought Peace, J. Michael Curry
14 Empty Arms, Donna Gilbert
18 How Is A Heritage Preserved?, C. Neil Strait
19 Say “No” To Alcohol Ads, William Goodman

English
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Complete magazine

Herald of Holiness - January 1, 1985

William E. McCumber
Eugene L. Stowe
Evelyn Stenbock Ditty
Bud Reedy
Westlake Taylor Purkiser
Geraldine Nicholas
G. Weatherley
Verla A. Mooth
Maynard James
Eddie Cairns
Michael Christensen
Stan Meek
Alice Hansche Mortenson
John W. May
Evelyn Stenbock Ditty
Arlet Osnes Vollers
Raymond McClung
John F. Hay
Larry E. Blum
A young boy with his hand propping up his chin, working on a Sunday School workbook with a Bible in front of him.
Nazarene Publishing House Sunday, January 6, 1985

IN THIS ISSUE:
2 Publishing Good News, General Superintendent: Eugene L. Stowe
3 A Miraculous Recovery, Evelyn Stenbock
4 Letters
5 Now’s the Time, Bud Reedy
6 Growing Older in the Grace of God, W. T. Purkiser
7 Reality (a Poem), Geraldine Nicholas
8 Love Has Veiled the Future, G. Weatherley
9 Be Still and Know (a Poem), Verla A. Mooth
9 Jealousy Defeated, Maynard James
10 Where Is Your God?, Eddie Cairns
11 We Are God’s Answer, Michael J. Christensen
12 The Threat of Spectatorism, Stan Meek

English
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Complete magazine

Herald of Holiness - March 1, 1982

William E. McCumber
Jerald Johnson
Merril S. William
James L. Mathews
Michael Christensen
R. Franklin Cook
Alice Hansche Mortenson
David Wilson
William Goodman
Stan Meek
Ross Hayslip
Robert Olsheske
George Allan Turner
Garth Hyde
Lawrence Walker
Frances B. Erickson
Mary Kerstetter
A red suspension bridge over the San Francisco Bay against a bright blue sky.
See page 6--"Golden Gate Community: An Urban Mission"

IN THIS ISSUE:
2 It's Time to Let Our Voices be Heard, General Superintendent: Jerald D. Johnson
3 The Local Church, Merrill S. Williams
4 Letters
5 The Impossible Sum, James L. Mathews
6 Golden Gate Community: An Urban Mission, Michael J. Christensen
8 The Street was Empty, R. Franklin Cook
9 Contrary Winds - Safe Landing (a poem), Alice Hansche Mortenson
10 Preparing Church-Type Mission Laborers, David Wilson
11 Graffiti, William Goodman
12 Sanctified by Cheap Grace, Stan Meek
13 Pew-Fodder?, Ross W. Hayslip

English
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Herald of Holiness - March 15, 1988

William E. McCumber
Stan Meek
Frank G. Carver
Robert H. Scott
Michael Christensen
J. Grant, Jr. Swank
Morris Chalfant
J. Ray Shadowens
John D. Wilcox
Jeanne Barbasiewicz Hoogstad
E. Ruth Glover
Charles Hastings Smith
Richard A. Miller
Charles Strickland
Jeanne Burges
Robert Shephard
White lily with a purple background
Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God/ "Receive the Holy Spirit"/ Patience in Prayer/ Church of the Nazarene

ARTICLES
4 Making Christianity Credible, Stan Meek
6 “Receive the Holy Spirit”, Frank G. Carver
7 A Continuing Story, Robert H. Scott
8 Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God, Michael J. Christensen
10 Patience in Prayer, J. Grant Swank, Jr.
12 Our Comforting Attorney, Morris Chalfant
14 “Grace” Sings It All, J. Ray Shadowens
16 The New Age… The Old Lie, John D. Wilcox

English
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Complete magazine

Herald of Holiness - October 1, 1986

William E. McCumber
John A. Knight
George S. Halliwell
Bob Eveland
Dana Dunmyer
Michael Christensen
Ernest C. Lewis
Daniel M. Bixler
Martha "Pi" Randall
Pat Verbal
Frances Simpson
Evelyn Smith
Ann E. Gaines
Allen A. Bennett
John A. Wright
Jessie Willmott
Roy J. Wilkins
They Met the Savior is lit up in lights. The caption "Transformed Lives" is in rainbow text underneath.
They Met the Savior -- Transformed Lives

ARTICLES:
2 The Communicating God, General Superintendent: John A. Knight
4 Unshackled!, George S. Halliwell
6 Invaded!, Bob Eveland as told to Dana Dunmyer
8 To Die in Peace, Michael J. Christensen
11 A Song in the Night, Ernest C. Lewis
14 Our Marriage Was Saved, Daniel M. Bixler
16 Pi’s Story – A Home At Last, Pi Randall
18 The Night the “Jones Boys” Came to Church, Pat Verbal
20 Outstanding Handicapped Citizen, Frances Simpson
22 Voodoo in the Nation’s Capital?, Evelyn Smith
24 I Ran For My Life, Ann E. Gaines

English
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Complete magazine