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Grants for Doctoral Studies

Posted on : October 29, 2014

Interested in doctoral work? You may want to apply to A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) for financial assistance. Since 1977, each spring AFTE has awarded up to five new John Wesley Fellowships to United… Continue Reading

Grants for Doctoral Studies

Posted on : October 29, 2014

Interested in doctoral work? You may want to apply to A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) for financial assistance. Since 1977, each spring AFTE has awarded up to five new John Wesley Fellowships to United… Continue Reading

On Knowing God

Posted on : October 22, 2014

I sometimes ask students to write an essay in response to these questions: Who is God? How do you know? Theologians have provided different answers. Protestant scholasticism, for example, argues that we know God through… Continue Reading

Wesley’s Boot Camp

Posted on : October 20, 2014

When I explored the boot camp analogy in my last essay, I appealed to both ancient and contemporary models of spiritual formation and their use of images of athletic and military training. We can also… Continue Reading

Notes toward an Evangelical Theology of Religions in an Interfaith World

Posted on : October 15, 2014

What does an evangelical theology of religions look like? As, if not more, important, what is an evangelical missiology of religions like? There are many reasons why I pose both question together. One is that,… Continue Reading

Preparing for Change

Posted on : October 13, 2014

We’ve all heard it: “They didn’t teach that in seminary!” It’s true, the first year or two in congregational ministry will teach you many things that you won’t learn in seminary. But this summer, I’ve… Continue Reading

Practical Theodicy: General Proposals and Resources

Posted on : October 8, 2014

One of the perennial questions asked of theologians and ministers is the “why” of theodicy. Interestingly, when a significant tragedy or crisis occurs, people are often inclined to raise what seems to be on first… Continue Reading

My Top Twelve Books

Posted on : October 6, 2014

A few weeks ago, one of my clergy buddies posted his list of 10 “books that have stayed with him,” that “have shaped his life.” It was an intriguing idea, which prompted me to make… Continue Reading

Reading Scripture with the Saints

Posted on : October 1, 2014

One of the besetting sins of the modern era is “presentism,” by which I refer not only to an unreflective devotion to present-day sensibilities but especially to the troubled assumption that present-day sensibilities are distinct… Continue Reading
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January 23, 2023

“An abba said, ‘The prophets wrote books, then came our fathers, who put them into practice. Those who came after them learnt them by heart. Then came the present generation, who …

January 23, 2023

“An abba said, ‘The prophets wrote books, then came our fathers, who put them into practice. Those who came after them learnt them by heart. Then came the present generation, who …

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December 16, 2022

AFTE is now accepting scholarship applications for 2023. Applications and required supporting materials are due in the AFTE office no …

July 1, 2022

A Foundation for Theological Education (AFTE) John Wesley Fellowships have been awarded to six doctoral students. The John Wesley Fellows …