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The Legacy of Albert Cook Outler: Nostalgia, Challenge, Prospect (Part 3)

Posted on : March 30, 2015

[In part one of this lecture, I sketched Albert Outler’s significance and legacy, and in part two I discussed challenges posed to Outler’s contributions.] Proposals I want now to move from these challenges to Outler’s… Continue Reading

Cultivating the Practice of Relationship: Learning to Dance

Posted on : March 25, 2015

Pastoral care is a complicated skill. Motivated by compassion for others and a desire to be of service to God, pastors seek to bring the right ingredients for healing and growth to the lives of… Continue Reading

The Legacy of Albert Cook Outler: Nostalgia, Challenge, Prospect (Part 2)

Posted on : March 23, 2015

[In part one of this lecture, I sketched Albert Outler’s significance and legacy.]   Challenges “Outler’s three most influential proposals for Wesleyan theology,” according to Jason Vickers, are (1) that John Wesley was a “folk-theologian,”… Continue Reading

God Is Love

Posted on : March 18, 2015

Who is God? What is the central characteristic at the heart of God’s nature? There have been many answers in the Christian tradition. God has been seen as essentially immortal, undivided in essence, sovereign in… Continue Reading

The Legacy of Albert Cook Outler: Nostalgia, Challenge, Prospect (Part 1)

Posted on : March 16, 2015

[Editor’s note: The following is the first in a three-part series, making available Longden’s Fondren Lecture at Perkins School of Theology’s Bridwell Library, 2015.] The invitation to lecture on the legacy of Albert Outler is… Continue Reading

Self-Care in Ministry

Posted on : March 11, 2015

Self-care represents a perennial need in ministry. When I work with seminarians in ministry internships, the need quickly becomes apparent. In truth, I expect it, yet I am still a bit surprised at how quickly… Continue Reading

Self-Care in Ministry

Posted on : March 11, 2015

Self-care represents a perennial need in ministry. When I work with seminarians in ministry internships, the need quickly becomes apparent. In truth, I expect it, yet I am still a bit surprised at how quickly… Continue Reading

WWJD? Christians on Social Media

Posted on : March 9, 2015

WWJD? is a cultural phenomenon mostly spent. The bracelets have disappeared from the check-out aisle at Wal-Mart, and so have youth group talks that thought WWJD could cure hook-up culture. But WWJD hasn’t disappeared entirely.… Continue Reading

Who Is the God We Worship? Some Reflections on the Theology of Disability

Posted on : March 4, 2015

Our theology does not come out of nowhere (see Thomas Nagel, The View from Nowhere [Oxford University Press, 1989]). As we reflect on how we come to know the various things that we know about… Continue Reading

The Courage to Read: Reflections on Psalm 1

Posted on : March 2, 2015

(Third of a three-part series. For parts one and two, see here and here.) The vision of life we find in Ps 1 is more than a self-help plan or self-empowerment. It lifts up a… Continue Reading
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