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Thinking about Scripture, Practicing Scriptural Interpretation

Posted on : April 26, 2019

Those of us with university or seminary training with biblical texts typically learned exegetical tools and methods in our biblical studies classes, but discussed the nature of the Bible in our theological classes. The two—what… Continue Reading

Who Is Wesley for Us Today?

Posted on : April 22, 2019

Who is John Wesley for us today? Thirty years ago, Richard Heitzenrater documented the challenges of creating a definitive, accurate portrait of the founder of Methodism in his Memory and Mirror (Kingswood, 1989). He noted… Continue Reading

Methodist Bands, Past and Present: Salvation Happens in Community

Posted on : April 17, 2019

I first stepped into a band meeting in 2002. I was a new seminary instructor, without tenure, in my first real teaching job. Having pastored in rural Iowa, I had come to take a position… Continue Reading

Prompting Transformation

Posted on : April 15, 2019

Our work as theological educators, whether as professors in higher education, preachers in the pulpit, or leaders in Bible studies, band meetings, and youth ministries is ultimately about inspiring change and transformation. The transformation we… Continue Reading

What Is Faith?

Posted on : April 10, 2019

Faith has a variety of definitions. It is common to refer to the essentials of Christian teaching as “the faith” and to describe our faith as believing those essentials. Wesley makes clear that a Christian… Continue Reading

Evangelism and the Short-Term Mission Trip

Posted on : April 8, 2019

With the coming of spring and the anticipation of summer, many churches in the United States are preparing for the Short-Term Mission (STM) “season.” Churches frequently use a domestic or international STM trip as a… Continue Reading

Insights in Culture and Christian Formation

Posted on : April 3, 2019

Culture is a particular way of life for a group of people. It is shared, learned, able to adjust, and all inclusive. It applies on the broadest level, as in American culture, and, as any… Continue Reading

Insights in Culture and Christian Formation

Posted on : April 3, 2019

Culture is a particular way of life for a group of people. It is shared, learned, able to adjust, and all inclusive. It applies on the broadest level, as in American culture, and, as any… 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 …