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Making the Most of Women in Leadership

Posted on : April 26, 2017

Fourteen years ago, my family and I planted a United Methodist congregation in Evans, Georgia. We were what is called in church-planting circles a “parachute drop,” as we had no preexisting relationships in the community… Continue Reading

Conversations with Scripture (4): Idolatry

Posted on : April 24, 2017

The Bible is an invitation to experience liberation from all the powers that bind us. What if the goal of spirituality is to free us to live fully as the people we were created to… Continue Reading

My Journey into the LGBTQ Conversation

Posted on : April 19, 2017

Homosexuality is a volatile topic to write on, and I never dreamed of becoming somewhat of an expert on it. (Expert is too bold, actually. Let’s just say student.) And yet — here I stand.… Continue Reading

American Medicine and Easter Hope

Posted on : April 17, 2017

In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle offers a common-sense critique of Plato’s idea of The Good. The Good, for Plato, is the form that unites all other forms or ideals. Because the philosopher king knows The… Continue Reading

Building an Old Testament Library: Hosea-Malachi

Posted on : April 12, 2017

This contribution to the series on building a biblical library begins with suggestions on books that are helpful for honing one’s hermeneutic for studying the Minor Prophets/Book of the Twelve, before turning to a review… Continue Reading

In Memory of Thomas C. Oden

Posted on : April 10, 2017

Most of my essays in Catalyst have focused on Christian formation, catechesis, and various aspects of the catechumenate. These essays might not have been written if it had not been for one of my teachers,… Continue Reading

Reading Scripture with the Protestant Reformers (3): Scripture’s Perspicuity and the Problem of Method

Posted on : April 5, 2017

Focusing in the first instance on the Protestant reformers’ exegetical methods tends to obscure the significant shared aspects of their vision of Scripture with which this series began (see parts 1 and 2), such as… Continue Reading

Male Privilege, Ministry, and the Mike Pence (Billy Graham) Rule

Posted on : April 3, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence recently made headlines because he said he will not eat alone with a woman who is not his wife. This principle is modeled after Billy Graham, who refused to travel, meet,… 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 …