What we believe matters; our beliefs dictate how we think, how we feel, and how we act.  This is true whether we know what we believe or not.  This space on the internet has been set aside to explore what we (Wesleyans) believe and why it matters.  Each post should answer the question “What?” and “So what?” What do we believe and why does that matter in my every day life of work, housework, class, interacting with my family, volunteering, shopping, etc.?

This is a blog for people who are curious about what Wesleyans believe, whether your part of our tribe or not.  It’s a blog for people who want to learn more about theology and why it matters.  This is a safe space to ask questions, to explore, and to challenge what you believe.

My hope is that it pushes you to explore the Bible more and helps you grow in your relationship with God as you get a better idea of who he is and how he works in the world.

About the Author:

When I created the blog I was a pastor and professor based out of Grand Haven, MI.  But in the summer of 2017 everything changed as our family accepted a call to move to Mongolia to help the Mongolian Wesleyan Church to help train pastors, to develop a culturally appropriate ordination process, and to help the church move toward financial self-sustaining and greater indigenization. We moved in August of 2018 and are learning to do life in a whole new way. You can read about our family’s adventures in Mongolia here: www.ellisonsinmongolia.com

I am an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church, a graduate of Kingswood University (’02) and Western Seminary (’07, ’16).  I am passionate about helping people understand the Bible, loving broken people, and equipping leaders for the church.  I am a wife and a mother. I enjoy writing–it helps me think and, I’ve discovered, it helps other people think too.

I love Coke, hate coffee, like tea. I like most crafty things you find on Pinterest and am a sucker for a good home reno on HGTV which, by the grace of God, is available in English in Mongolia.

We also have a cat; her name is Sevsger, which is Mongolian for “Fluffy” although, it appears, no one actually uses that word.

About the name Wine and Milk:

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.”

-Isaiah 55:1-2 (NIV) emphasis mine

The God of the universe invites us to buy wine (a drink of celebration) and milk (a drink of sustenance) without money and without cost (grace).  He invites us to get to know him as our source of joy and source of life through his revelation of himself in our lives and in Scripture .  Wine and Milk is an invitation to dive deep into the study of theology to get to know God by learning who he is, who we are, and how wants to interact with the world around us.